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Hi everyone,

We would like to announce that starting with the release of 18.04 LTS, our community will be moving to Discourse.

18.04 Release Notes


Ubuntu Budgie v18.04 (bionic beaver) Release: Apr 26th, 2018

draft - Beta 1

New features and enhancements

  • Add support for openvnc connections via the network-manager applet
  • Better font handling for our Chinese and Korean users
  • Add color emoji support for GNOME Characters
  • MP3 files can now play out of the box
  • Better key shortcuts
    • Print Screen button now works as does <Shift><Ctrl>Print - Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard, <Shift>Print - Save a screenshot of an area to Pictures, <Ctrl>Print - Copy a screenshot of a window to clipboard, <Alt>Print - Save a screenshot of a window to Pictures,
    • Super+D now toggles the desktop
    • Super+E to show a new Files window
    • Alt+Q or F12 shows Tilix Quake mode
  • Default Budgie Applets

    • Quick Note - quickest way to make short notes


    • DropBy applet (Media savvy applet pops up when USB based devices/phones connected to open, copy files etc)


    • ShowTime - desktop clock with customizable colors


  • New applets, available via Budgie Settings

    • Hot Corners - options include a number of preset actions, custom commands and using pressure


    • Window Previews - available via Budgie Settings
      Alt + Tab to browse through all windows, Alt + ` (grave, above Tab) to browse through the active application's windows. Furthermore: browse through workspaces, Hot Corners integration


    • Rotation Lock - available via Budgie Settings - increasingly many more people have laptops that support screen-rotation
  • More new applets, available from Budgie Welcome

    • Clockworks - Keep track on different time zones


    • CountDown - A simple countdown applet with several options


    • Keyboard Autoswitch - Applet to work together with the Keyboard Layout applet, set a different language per application


    • Wallpaper Switcher - Set a different wallpaper per workspace

    • Window Mover - Move windows quickly across workspaces by dragging and click the targeted workspace

    • Workspace Overview - Quickly move to any window on any workspace from a menu

  • Coming soon - Window Shuffler, a tool for advanced and flexible window placement.

    • Quickly divide windows over a grid of max. 6 x 6


  • New exciting GTK+ theme by default called Pocillo

    • Dynamic panel colouring - semi-transparent turns to transparent for maximised windows
    • Ripple effect buttons
    • Coloring takes Arc styling; this allows seamless integration with Budgie System Theming if required
    • Dark, Light and Standard variants
    • All themes also have Slim equivalents - these themes are recommended for lower resolution laptops & desktops
  • Arc-Theme now being co-maintained with Ubuntu Budgie & Arch Linux - exciting collaboration and the latest fixes for all DE's is now in 18.04
  • Support for Dynamic Workspaces

    • Visual splashscreen shows when changing workspaces - CTRL+ALT Left/Right


    • Pressing CTRL+ALT Right will create more workspaces on the fly. Pressing CTRL+ALT Left will remove unused workspaces that may have been created.

  • Menu has Logout, Shutdown, Suspend and Restart action entries
  • Snap version of Budgie Welcome:
    • We can be much more dynamic now for the LTS period. As an when new software, themes and applets are developed by the community we can now showcase these instantly via Budgie Welcome
  • We maintain the Slick Greeter package on behalf of both Debian and Ubuntu - latest version has been included with better multimonitor support
  • We develop and maintain the Alternative Toolbar for Rhythmbox. It gains an easy to use toggle to show menu options for each music source. Also lots of important fixes for various crashes reported since 17.10
  • Budgie Indicator Applet - our appindicator supports Vertical Panels!
  • Super Community Wallpapers for 18.04 - exciting range of the best wallpapers from the Budgie Community wallpaper contest held last year
  • Budgie Welcome
    • Translation team has been very busy - many more languages now available
    • Pop GTK Theme makeover
    • Ant GTK Theme makeover
    • Fixed live session booting instructions
    • Re-done Adapta GTK Theme makeover with Papirus icons theme, better panel look and feel
    • All applets now can show a much larger image when clicking (lightbox view)
    • Replace Flat-Plat with Materia GTK Theme makeover
    • Add important upstream support links for all Budgie Applets
  • Minimal Installation option - a stripped back install with just Chromium and a few key utilities to start you on your way


Key features available to UB from Ubuntu

  • spice-vdagent added - we now work much better in VMs such as GNOME Boxes, QEMU
  • GNOME 3.28 applications
  • Nautilus 3.26 is retained - this is to ensure desktop icons support is maintained throughout the LTS period
  • Linux Kernel 4.15
  • A shed-load of fixes throughout the Ubuntu stack - congrats on all Canonical, Ubuntu devs, Debian devs and literally all devs in the free software community for all of their hard-work which everyone should be very happy about :)

Issues Resolved:

  • removed the obsolete xdiagnose application
  • IBus Keyboard switcher now correctly cycles through layouts
  • We no longer interfere when KDE is installed at the same time as Budgie
  • Snapping of windows now longer causes lock-ups in a small number of use-cases; snapping animation has been removed
  • The text version of the Plymouth theme now correctly displays 18.04 in the text
  • The logo version of the Plymouth theme now has the progress bars centered with the logo

Known Issues (Beta 1):

  • LightDM changes have resulted in the greeter not showing at selected users wallpaper. Workaround is described in this video
  • Live Session does not display budgie-welcome: This will be resolved once snapd support snaps running on a live-session


How to upgrade from 17.10 to 18.04

IMPORTANT: remember to double-check you have the following vital package before you upgrade:

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 18.04, you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates.

Alternatively, from a command line run:


For upgrading from the Final Beta:

update-manager -d

Some of the packages that were installed as part of the Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA (ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports) will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. Use budgie-welcome to reinstall anything that is removed.

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:


Also, Ask Ubuntu has an excellent guide to help you upgrade:


Known Upgrade Issues

  • If you find that after the upgrade clicking the menu button crashes the panel, then CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal then run:

    nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

How to upgrade from 16.04 to 18.04

16.04 users are not automatically offered an upgrade until the first point release i.e. 18.04.1 which is released in July 2018.


To download the ISO, head on over to:


Libreoffice feedback

We need to get some feedback for 18.04 - Libreoffice Snap

Libreoffice released

For 18.04 we will ship the latest version of libreoffice - v6. That version will receive stability fixes throughout the next three years of the LTS period - but the actual version will remain at v6.

We have a choice - we could instead ship the snap version of libreoffice - that version will be updated always to the latest version i.e. v7 v8 etc etc over the next three years.

The downside is that libreoffice snap currently doesnt use the icon and GTK theme you are using. This may change in the next few months - developers are working on it but we don't know if or when this work will be backported to 18.04.

So what do you think? Stick with nicely integrated and stable v6 of libreoffice for 18.04 - or ship with the snap version? Please let us know.

Test out the latest v6 libreoffice snap by running:

sudo snap install libreoffice --candidate

Remove the snap:

sudo snap remove libreoffice

Making Ubuntu Budgie accessible to all

We all use our desktop in our own unique way to suit our preferred workflow.

We also know some people need additional changes to help use their desktop more effectively.

For example visual impairment may mean there is a need for additional tweaks to contrast/sizing etc, whereas some degree of hearing loss may need some visual notifications for certain events.

So please help the Ubuntu Budgie team to make the desktop more accessible to everyone.

If you have a tip or trick we would like to know - for example

  • additional software that you may install,
  • how do you configure it,
  • do you have any special bash scripts and/or configuration set-to-work to enable you or your friends & colleagues to use the desktop more effectively

Contact the team via our community channel or send us a short note via our contact us link.

Contact the team


Developer Diary - October


This month's activities have been dominated by the final push and release of our second release as an official member of the Ubuntu family.

It has been an interesting six months - and this month was no exception; more on that later.

We are very grateful to our small yet growing band of Patreons and Paypal contributors this month. Everyone who does help out this well makes this project viable for now and the long-term.

So much so, we have met another of our goals, and it is our pleasure to make a sizeable donation to our friends at the Solus Project. Without their stewardship of the budgie desktop, we just wouldn't have this distro.

New Default look

Nikola is spending the time to research a possible revised out-of-the-box-experience for Ubuntu Budgie 18.04. A revised GTK-theme and looking closely at the various software centres as well.

If you have any experience with developing and maintaining themes and would like to get involved please raise your hand and get in touch.

Our default desktop artwork that we use for media, login screen, desktop and lock-screen is also being assessed. You can directly change our outward look - enter our faces competition


The seven additional applets which were developed by team member Jacob in the past few months have come to the point of their first release. Without exception, they are technically "ready to see the world". We are currently polishing integration in the Budgie desktop.

Time for a short introduction.

  1. ShowTime - a digital clock on your desktop*

    Options include setting position, colours of both date & time.


  2. WindowPreviews

    Pressing Alt + Tab will call an expose-like overview of windows on the current workspace. Pressing Super + Tab will show an overview of windows of the currently active application. At the bottom of the previews window, small bullet-buttons show the number of windows on all workspaces. Clicking either one will bring up an overview of the referring workspace.


  3. HotCorners

    Hot corners are available from the applet's menu. No need to restart the applet just set your commands and activate the corner. If none of the corners is enabled, the applet automatically hibernates.


  4. WallpaperSwitcher

    Automatically Switch wallpaper on switching workspaces. Just set the wallpaper like you are used to, and the wallpaper will be remembered for that workspace.


  5. QuickNote

    The most straightforward way to make a quick note. Comes with a ten-step undo/redo option.


  6. WindowMover

    Adding this applet will add the following functionality to your desktop:

    • Drag a window to the bottom of your screen, and a quick "move to" -bar appears. Click any of the buttons or press the corresponding key on your keyboard, and the window will move to the targeted workspace.
    • Press Ctrl + Alt + w will call the bar, acting on the currently active window.
    • Press Ctrl + Alt + s calls a similar bar (now with small arrows) to make the desktop jump to any of the other workspaces.


  7. WorkspaceOverview

    Access all of your windows, spread over all workspaces, from one single applet. Select any of the windows to move to the corresponding workspace and raise the window. To turn the applet into a simple workspace applet, just make your choice from the applet's Mode menu.


So how where can I install these you may be thinking. Well we will be asking for intrepid testers through our gitter community channel. So come on in a join the fun :)

Thanks to community member Zbigniew Stępniewski for helping out with some changes to budgie welcome.


Both Jacob and myself spent an exhausting weekend at the beginning of the month to investigate various instability issues due to multiple non-budgie updates released after beta 2.

These issues were eventually traced by the Linux community to one tiny bit of code released as part of the GNOME 3.26 point release. Phew!

A big shout out and thanks to Jane Atkinson (irihapeti) for helping out and most importantly adding results to the QA ISO website as part of the 17.10 release candidate testing.

Dustin has been looking at how the team who are from all over the world can best keep in touch with you - our community - and each other. Part of this has been evaluating different chat solutions as well as bridging options. Things are still up in the air due to nothign feelign quite "right". One of our previous bridging issues has been solved by a bug we filed upstream, so that may change our direction.

Dustin has also been evaluating how snaps will fit into 18.04 (and beyond), researching potential things such as applets as snaps, and most likely the welcome app being snapped up!

David (project lead)

Competition - changing faces

It not often you get to change the face of a distro - so here is your chance.

Our default desktop, much of our website artwork has used this picture.

Budgie desk

As we approach 18.04 (Bionic Beaver), we are offering up for you to change our default artwork. Can you do better?

Competition time - the contest closes at the end of November 2017.

We are looking for inspirational artwork - something that gives an immediate visual impact. Abstract is best - it must be recognisable when:

  1. cropped as a horizontal banner,
  2. scaled to a small image size 256x256
  3. has application windows covering most of the picture

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Entry is via email - send entries to ubuntubudgiecompetition@gmail.com

Here is a great incentive. For the winner, you can select as many of our spectacular Ubuntu Budgie shop goodies up-to-the value of $60


Enter Zazzle's Ubuntu Budgie Shop

Rules: all images submitted must conform with one of the following licenses:

CC-BY-SA-4.0 or CC0

You must be the author.

Images shouldn’t be too busy and filled with too many shapes and colors; a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.

  • Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
  • Our target resolution is 3840 x 2400 (4K).
  • No brand names or trademarks of any kind.
  • No illustrations some may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libellous.
  • No sexually explicit or provocative images.
  • No images of weapons or violence.
  • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
  • No designs which promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals; or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery.
  • Use GIMP layers if possible, or PNG & JPG formats
Zesty announcement

17.10 Ubuntu Budgie Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro - and the second as an official flavor of the Ubuntu family.

Based on 17.04 experiences, feedback and suggestions we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations:

  • More customisation options via budgie welcome
    • Complete desktop look and feel changes - more options
    • Lots more Budgie Applets available from brilliant independent developers
  • the best from the GNOME family as well as the fantastic Tilix terminal emulator with Quake mode enabled
  • Stylish new login screen
  • Latest upstream Budgie Desktop v10.4
  • Nightlight and Caffeine applets as standard

You can and should read more about what we have been upto via our release notes.

Download links and installation guide are provided. As always - do check the md5sum hash value of the downloaded ISO - this really does help you get on with a flying start for your install.

Finally - a couple of fantastic short videos for you to enjoy.

Thank you all for your continued support - spread the news!

David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader.


Developer Diary - September

Our fabulous community

Thank-you to everyone who has donated this month. We now have raised enough to cover:

  • URL renewal costs for budgie-remix.org and ubuntubudgie.org for the next three years
  • Put aside server costs for the next three years if our sponsorship with DigitalOcean is not renewed.

Our donation page has been revamped with additional goals to enable the team to help you the community. Please check it out.

17.10 Beta 2


Again - many thanks to those who have helped testing our final beta release for 17.10.

Have a look at a nice beta 2 video to see 17.10 in all its glory :)

Bug-Fixing Galore

Ubuntu 17.10 entered its "freeze" phase at the beginning of September. What this means is that new features are discouraged, and developers instead are encouraged to concentrate on bug-fixing.

  1. The ISO installer was missing budgie wallpaper. I fixed that... and at the same time, the installer dialog became Arc themed. Simply Gorgeous

  2. At beta 1 I had put in a workaround to enable budgie-welcome to work without crashing due to a new WebKit library. Shortly after, upstream had advised what the real fix should be and the fix was applied as required. The budgie-welcome package now operates much more smoothly. The new WebKit library is also due to be backported to 17.04 to fix additional security issues. Extra time was spent backporting the Artful fixes to the Zesty version of budgie-welcome to ensure it does not crash.

  3. More fixes were added to our desktop settings package budgie-desktop-environment. Tilix no longer throws the irritating VTE error if launched quickly after login. Also, I managed to squeeze in a Dark theming for Tilix (looks much better now!) and when highlighting terminal text, the text is now automatically copied to the clipboard.

  4. Our translators for budgie-welcome have been very busy. So these updated translations have been pulled in and updated in the repositories. Budgie-welcome is now truly multilingual!


  1. Caught a very irritating issue with Slick Greeter for those that use multiple desktop environments - slick greeter insisted in showing every desktop environment with a budgie logo. I pushed a pull-request to Linux Mint to get this fixed.

  2. In budgie-desktop 10.4 the budgie-desktop-settings application and the Plank application were not playing ball - there was a "budgie panel" icon that could not be removed from Plank. A simple fix was pushed to the upstream budgie-desktop project, and then uploaded to Ubuntu. This will also be backported to 17.04 and 16.04 in due course.

  3. gthumb was displaying a rather irritating menu addition to the headerbar breaking the look and feel to the app. Luckily the great gthumb devs upstream had fixed this, so I backported this fix for all Ubuntu users.

  4. Finally I have managed to track down why some app indicators were displaying huge icons. Bad bad apps - so we have basically ignored the sizing they wanted and sized it per the appindicator specification.

New Development

In the past weeks, Jacob has been working hard on a collection of Budgie-extras; a new set of handy applets to add to the default desktop. A sneak preview of two of the most recent developments includes the upcoming Window Previews:


and a small, extremely easy and simple note applet; Quick Note:


Other applets that were mentioned before, the Hot Corners, the Window Mover (move windows quickly among workspaces), the Workspace Overview (menu) and the Wallpaper Switcher are nearly finished.

To be continued!

Communications Infrastructure

While we are busy with the upcoming 17.10 release, we have a few background things brewing that Dustin is working on. One of these such things has been how we would like to interact with the community in our real-time chat, as well as our internal communications.

Today, the Ubuntu Budgie project leverages the Gitter platform for both internal and community communications. While the platform as a whole is quite decent, one reoccurring issue our team members are having is related to notifications. Gitter (with good intentions) intercepts all mobile notifications when you have a desktop client running. While this at its heart is appealing on some level, if you are in the scenario where you have multiple computers (any of which could have the Gitter client running) - at times this can be bad.

We are a distributed team (as nearly all OSS projects are), working from multiple time zones. Communication can happen at all hours of the day. Compound that with community members potentially needing assistance - missing notifications at times can be undesired. So with that transpiring, we are evaluating moving to a new platform. While we do not have many requirements, every bullet point is important to us.


  • Must have a reliable method for our community members to join without issue.
  • Would prefer a web client to be available for the community members to keep the barrier to entry low.
  • Must support integrations - specifically GitHub, and Trello. But would like extensibility for future projects we are working on (bots, etc.).
  • Mobile and Desktop applications
  • Excellent notification system!!!!


In no particular order, we have been looking at:

  • Discord
  • Slack
  • Mattermost
  • Hipchat
  • Riot
  • Rocketchat
  • Telegram
  • IRC

Since Gitter is OSS, one may ask why we don't submit a PR, etc. The reason is due to other initiatives, having a smaller team and time constraints. We are trying to stay focused on the project at hand (Ubuntu Budgie).


What would you as the community like to see? Do you feel like we have overlooked any potential solutions? While we cannot please everyone, we are curious to see what your feedback would reflect.

David (project lead)

17.10 Release Notes

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10


Ubuntu Budgie v17.10 (artful) Release: Oct 19th, 2017

New features and enhancements

  • Files (Nautilus) 3.26 with Folder-Color to change color and add emblems to folders
  • Files now come with Various Document Templates available to use
  • Settings (gnome-control-center) has had a stylish makeover
  • GNOME-based apps are now available at the latest upstream version 3.26 (if released)
  • Budgie-welcome now has proper header bars so can move the window!
  • Budgie-welcome now translated now displays in multiple languages thanks to our fantastic transifex translation team. Superb job to you all. You have done us proud :)
  • One click switch between IBUS and FCITX
  • Replaced GNOME Photos with gThumb
  • Budgie-welcome default settings now have stylish and extended makeovers
  • Budgie-welcome includes new link to the Ubuntu Budgie shop
    • Gadgets, clothing and other items to buy
    • Ubuntu Budgie desktops and All-in-one computers to purchase
  • Budgie-welcome can now install many new third-party budgie applets
    • Global Menu Applet can be added to the panel
  • Budgie-welcome included links to snap and flatpak websites for extra software install options
  • One-click theming has better font support for Material design based themes - fonts are better sized.
  • Budgie Desktop 10.4 uplift from 10.2.9
    • Stylish Alt-Tab support
    • Raven now supports Spotify
    • Switch windows controls to the left or right support
    • Places now supports encrypted volumes and SMB shares and other fixes.
    • Supports customisable date and time display
    • Bottom panel popovers now work without the dreaded "jump down" effect
    • All popovers are now stylishly animated
    • Raven has been restyled - Budgie Settings dialog now introduced
    • Workspace applet completely revamped
    • Budgie Menu revamped - easier to type and find things
    • Support for left and right side panels
    • All panels can now be converted into Docks
    • All panels support transparency for the system theme
    • All panels and docks can now dynamically autohide
  • Night-light and Caffeine (deactivates screensaver) are now shipped as default panel icons
  • Screen lock has had a stylish makeover
  • Move from Terminix to Tilix for the terminal emulator
  • Support Tilix Quake mode - just press F12!
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Community Contest Wallpapers - congrats to all the winners!
  • Added a material design inspired wallpaper - used when using budgie-welcome makeovers.
  • Revamped Panel Icons - stylish support for common applications such as Caffeine and Dropbox
  • login screen changed from lightdm-gtk-greeter to slick-greeter

Issues Resolved:

  • Dropbox icon correctly displayed in the panel
  • GNOME-Control-Settings icons are now accessible via the menu
  • Extra terminals uxterm and xterm are no longer shown in the menu
  • various applications that were should twice in the menu out-of-the-box are now shown just once.
  • Reduced memory idle usage by dropping tracker related applications.
  • Dropped GNOME Contacts, GNOME Documents and GNOME Photos
  • Debian wallpaper is no longer shipped with Ubuntu Budgie
  • Display video thumbnails in Files
  • Disable default Guest Session
  • For legacy BIOS boots, Plymouth now correctly shows the crypt password entry field for when drives are encrypted. Note - you should still avoid EFI Boot full encypted drives since this long running issue across all Ubuntu variants is still broken.
  • Can now remove default installed applications without removing all key budgie desktop applications.
  • Fixes for the AppIndicator applet to not display huge icons such as Steam, menu theming fixes
  • New material design wallpaper which replaces our xenial based wallpaper for material designs. This means faster install times for these makeovers.
  • Slim down the ISO size - we have managed to shrink the ISO from approx 1.5G at 17.04 to 1.3G at 17.10 whilst adding everything above. Magic!


How to upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10

IMPORTANT: remember to double-check you have the following vital package before you upgrade:

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 17.10, you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates.

Alternatively, from a command line run:


For upgrading from the Final Beta:

update-manager -d

Some of the packages that were installed as part of the Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA (ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports) will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. Use budgie-welcome to reinstall anything that is removed.

If you see the following issue:

Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Unpacking gir1.2-budgie-1.0 (10.4-1ubuntu4) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/gir1.2-budgie-1.0_10.4-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Budgie-1.0.typelib', which is also in package gir1.2-budgie-desktop-1.0 10.4-0ubuntu0.1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Run the following:

sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install gir1.2-budgie
sudo apt -f install
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install --reinstall ubuntu-budgie-desktop budgie-desktop-environment
sudo apt purge gir1.2-budgie-desktop

We recommend removing the following applications to reduce your startup memory usage:

sudo apt purge gnome-contacts gnome-documents gnome-photos tracker

The first time you run budgie-welcome, Tilix Quake mode (press F12) will be automatically enabled.

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:


Also, Ask Ubuntu has an excellent guide to help you upgrade:


Known issues

  • If you find that after the upgrade clicking the menu button crashes the panel, then CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal then run:

    nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

How to upgrade from 16.04 to 17.10

There is not a direct 16.04 to 17.10 upgrade route. You are recommended to to-do a fresh install - obviously remembering to backup any important documents etc. first.


To download the ISO, head on over to:


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Developer Diary - August


Well this month has been monumentally busy - in summary

We need a holiday ... no chance!

budgie-remix 16.04.3 is released

First up this month was our point release of budgie-remix. This is our wrap up of our 16.04 release with the latest hardware-enablement stack, updated budgie-desktop 10.3.1 and all updates in the last 6 months.

I finally solved two important bugs with the installer. Now you can install in any language without the installer crashing. Secondly, the correctly locale that you have chosen on installed is shown by default on the subsequent logon screen - previously it always defaulted to English - US. Yay!

Grab the download iso's from our Download page.

Read more about this here.

budgie-desktop 10.4 was released

This was the big one!

Upstream really pushed the boat on this release. It is now officially the LTS (long-term support) release allowing a much needed breathing space for the next version of budgie desktop (v11) to be researched and developed properly without massive time pressures.

I have packaged this for Debian unstable, Debian Buster, persuaded Ubuntu to accept it for 17.10 in time for beta 1, backported to 17.04 ... and worked with upstream on lots of issues for a successful 16.04 backport.

On top of that I have packaged up lots of the latest changes in the 3rd party budgie-applet land and themes ... and landed a brand-new version of budgie welcome for 16.04/17.04 and 17.10.

Anyway - read more and enjoy!

17.10 Ubuntu Budgie Beta 1 released

I spent a considerable amount of time updating and pushing the latest changes into the official repositories, together with testing and reporting various issues with beta 1.

This is the sort of thing all distro's do but is often hidden from end-users. Vital work I'm sure you agree. I hope you can all help out now downloading and testing. If you can diagnose (and even fix) issues then this will be of great help.

The development team really does need a new permanent team member (or two!) - chief tester. I'll follow this blog with the kind of person I'm looking for. So please consider pushing yourself forward. We really do need you!

Ubuntu Budgie special edition laptops and desktops

What? You haven't heard?!

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Absolutely instrumental in driving this has been Vincenzo. So all the kudos and plaudits are well deserved. Thanks Vincenzo.

We have a brilliant new partner - Nimbusoft - and together we are happy to present three really excellent and special laptops and desktops for your delectation.

Have a read of our release notice - and browse our Nimbusoft shop.


Budgie Desktop now has a global menu applet that is in the 17.10 repositories. I have worked with upstream to resolve freezing issues when the applet is active. This patch has been submitted to Ubuntu Mate (who sponsor this package) and accepted for 17.10. I have backported this for 17.04 users as well.

This is now in budgie-welcome as well so that this applet - with all the other applets for Budgie Desktop is easily installable.

It was reported that a few budgie-remix users did not instantly see new installed packages appearing in the menu. I have backported a zesty patch for xenial users. This will be now resolved.

Debian started its migration from GTK+3.22 to GTK+3.24. Unfortunately, not all went as planned and Debian Buster was left with a real mix and match. This broke budgie desktop and users were unable to login. Within a day I managed to push a bug-fix patch and ran around one weekend finding a sponsor to-do an emergency fix.

New Development

I have packaged a promising new applet from an indie developer - budgie-weather-applet. It looks and works very nicely. Still early days. The requisite changes are now in budgie-welcome. Unfortunately, the applet does not compile under 16.04. So here is an opportunity - if you want to get it working, give us a shout and I'll try to give you a helping hand.

"Where Ubuntu Budgie leads... Ubuntu says ...'that is a good idea'!"

My Rhythmbox make-over plugin called 'alternative-toolbar' which budgie-remix and Ubuntu Budgie have used in all their versions has now been pulled into Ubuntu itself. I've taken to fix up some usability issues (podcasts/radio stations) as well and this is now in 17.10.

After struggling for more than a year I finally solved why my budgie version of indicator-sysmonitor was crashing. A one line code change! Anyway - enjoy, another applet now available in budgie-welcome.

Speaking of new development. New team member Jacob has been exploring new optional applets for you to investigate and add to your budgie desktop if you think they are useful.

Hotcorners (hotcorner support)

Workspace overview (an alternative workspace overview/switcher)

Wallpaperworkspace (different wallpaper per workspace)

Workspace switcher (on demand workspace switcher)

Just a few pictures - more about these later when we have created a simple installer and dusted off a few usability issues.

... and new today - secret squirrel stuff - shush!

Window previews ...


(very early code - lets see if we can crack the intracasies around all of these)

Random Stuff

Our website ubuntubudgie.org was up for renewal in September.

Thanks to your donations, we have renewed the domain for a further 3 years. We'll look to renewing budgie-remix.org similarly as well later on in the year before its renewal date reaches early in the new year.

David (project lead)

Budgie Desktop v10.4 released for Debian and Ubuntu

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Its my pleasure to announce the release of the latest Budgie Desktop for both Debian and Ubuntu users.

The release is for:

  1. Debian unstable
  2. Debian Buster (will be sync'd next week)
  3. Ubuntu 17.10
  4. Ubuntu Budgie 17.10
  5. Ubuntu 17.04
  6. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04
  7. Ubuntu 16.04.3
  8. budgie-remix 16.04.3

At the same time, I have refreshed all builds made available by the fantastic indie budgie developers

  • budgie brightness control applet
  • budgie calendar applet
  • budgie haste applet
  • budgie indicator applet
  • budgie system monitor applet
  • budgie pixel saver applet (17.04/17.10)
  • budgie weather applet (17.04/17.10)
  • budgie global menu (17.04/17.10)

Budgie Welcome has been updated with all the latest translations; all the above applets can be installed from Budgie Welcome.

... and you want more?! EvopPop and EvoPop Azure themes are also now available to be installed - just open up Budgie Welcome - default settings

Upstream, the Budgie Desktop organisation has published a really great guide of all whats new - so check it out now!


Budgie Pixel Saver applet no longer works on Ubuntu 16.04. If you want to have a look and fix it up then get in touch.

Budgie Desktop v10.4 introduces theming changes - specifically themes for the new popovers you see when clicking on applets. All 3rd party budgie themes will need updates to make the popovers work correctly. So again - please contact us and help out fixing these themes - especially for those Ubuntu 16.04 themes.

All of you need to dig in please - upstream themers have moved on to newer GTK versions, so you all need to help and fix for your fellow 16.04 users.

How to install:

For Debian unstable and Debian Buster:

sudo apt install budgie-desktop

For budgie-remix 16.04 users, just update & reboot as normal.

For 16.04 Ubuntu users:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install budgie-desktop

For 17.04 Ubuntu users:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports
sudo apt update
sudo apt install budgie-desktop

For 17.04 Ubuntu Budgie users:

  • Open budgie-welcome - Recommendations. Enable "Backports". Then, update and reboot as normal

For 17.10 Ubuntu users:

sudo apt install budgie-desktop

For 17.10 Ubuntu Budgie users ... just update and reboot!

David (project lead)

Ubuntu Budgie Special Edition computers

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Nimbusoft builds Notebooks and Desktops born to run Linux. They develop and implement open source software into everything they do. Their mission is to make open source technology available to everyone.

Ubuntu Budgie team is proud to partner with Nimbusoft for bringing you fantastic and affordable technology. These special edition desktops truly demonstrate the style, simplicity and elegance of the Budgie Desktop. Share, blog, shout out loud #lovemyUB


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At under 25mm thickness, and featuring the powerful Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 950M graphics card, Bellona is a mighty powerful laptop that is great for developers, video editors and creative professionals alike. Featuring a backlit keyboard and Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3 , Bellona is packed full of features and runs Ubuntu Budgie out of the box.

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Jupiter is an elegant All-in-One desktop running the stunning Ubuntu Budgie operating system and featuring a Full HD display with high quality sound. It has been designed around style and boasts a stylish aluminium “L” stand. Supporting the latest Intel® Core™ Processors and with powerful Intel graphics, Jupiter is a powerful All-in-One desktop PC. Linux has never looked so good on the desktop!

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Designed for battery life and portability, Juno is an elegant Linux laptop based on Intel® Kaby Lake Processor technology. Featuring a slim 22.2mm design and weighing just 1.8Kg, this laptop is feature rich and runs Ubuntu Budgie out of the box.

All orders include Ubuntu Budgie stickers and a thank you note from the team to you. Additionally, you can also specify the Super Key to have our Ubuntu Budgie logo as well if you want!

You will be ordering these extra special machines from an exciting Linux vendor. You will also be pleased to know that your favorite distro Ubuntu Budgie will receive a percentage of the proceeds. This will benefit our long term future and enable us to meet our goals of supporting developers and organisations that have helped us. All you need to remember is to keep "Ubuntu Budgie" as the default operating system when ordering.

Enter the Ubuntu Budgie Shop

Nimbusoft's Ubuntu Budgie page

For all our friends who are outside Europe, be assured we are working very hard to bring Ubuntu Budgie machines to you all.

Budgie-remix 16.04.3 is available

We are pleased to announce the next point release of our budgie-remix distro based on the solid 16.04 LTS Ubuntu release.

This is our third release of the budgie-remix 16.04 series that follows Ubuntu release cycle – we have worked on getting closely aligned in the same manner as Ubuntu and the other official community flavours.

Based on 16.04.2 experiences, feedback and suggestions we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations:

Developer Diary - July

17.10 Desktop Wallpaper contest - thus we have chosen both 17.10 desktop wallpapers and our future 18.04 release as well!

We are very grateful to our small band of Patreons and Paypal contributors this month . Everyone who does help out this well makes this project viable for now and the long-term.

17.10 Contest Winners and a surprise!

Thanks to all the entrants for the contest for the 17.10 desktop wallpapers contest - there as a massive interest with loads of fantastic pictures.

So much so, we have decided - since the quality was so high - that we can also select the winners for our future 18.04 release!

It was amazingly difficult to choose - but there must be winners.

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Developer Diary - June

Welcome to our June Developer Diary. We have a lot of interesting bits to share with you, along with some new stuff.

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Announcing 17.10 desktop wallpaper contest

Ubuntu Budgie is pleased to announce our 17.10 wallpaper contest - we are looking for fabulous original images to proudly show-case our official community flavor edition of Ubuntu.


Developer Diary - May

Nikola has persuaded me to keep a diary of what happens on the team - so here it is - kind of seems like a lot of random stuff ... and I'm no wordsmith - but lots of things happening in and around the team.

Lets plough in.

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Linux Fest Northwest - 2017

LinuxFest Northwest, held annually at the Bellingham (WA) Technical College, is a grassroots Open Source Software (OSS) event that has grown year after year to become what is likely one of the largest of the "fests". With approximately 1,800 attendees (according to their website), it is now one of the most sizable OSS gatherings in the United States. The event has a distinct non-corporate vibe, essential to the community-driven atmosphere.

The fest provides a bunch of standard fare for this type of event - sessions hosted by the subject matter experts, entertainment, vendor booths, and a plethora of stickers and other ephemera (note to self - make sure I have Ubuntu Budgie swag to bring next year). But where it seems to deviate from other conferences is the general attitude of both the attendees and the people working the booths. It appears to be quite laid back with genuine interest in a simple chat. I've discussed everything from finding your path for advancement at work, down to hacking your car under a microscope (looking at you Christian). I even had a spirited conversation with a former pastor who moved from California to Oregon to retire and help his son remodel a new living space. And these were just the quick ones. Having chatted previously with people from the OSS community online, other conversations went much further in depth. Martin Wimpress of Ubuntu Mate was more than accommodating with a lengthy discussion on the growing community, how to get involved in the larger Ubuntu ecosystem (outside the confines of one of the flavours), the difficulties he had encountered early on, and so much more. Christian Hergert of Redhat/Gnome and I got into discussions about former employers, reverse engineering, and even some of the upcoming changes in his projects. Ryan Sipes of System 76 is very passionate about growing the community in the spirit of OpenSource, which I can only imagine could be rough when you are doing so as part of a business entity. He was one of the first I met (literally came and found me in the registration line to hang out) and was the person who walked me out the door. This lead to an additional 45-minute conversation that had nothing to do with OSS, the weekend, or the like.

It all came down to getting to know people. The real takeaway here at LFNW was having the opportunity for face time, which can be difficult to achieve in a community working remotely over a vast geographical area. Being able to put a face to an online handle, and more importantly a real name to a real human is always not to be taken for granted. It's the people who make all of this great stuff in F/OSS happen.

Other Highlights

  • Met some of the Jupiter Broadcasting crew, and was able to attend the live finale of the 11 years run on the Linux Action Show.
  • I got to check out the System 76 Galago laptop which I'm strongly considering for purchase.
  • System 76 BBQ
  • BBQ back at the JB Studio
  • Games night!

We added a small LFNW 2017 photo gallery here that you can check out.

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