Cosmic announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 18.10 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro, the fourth as an official flavor of the Ubuntu family.

18.10 is supported for 9 months; our 18.04 LTS is supported for 3 years.

Based on 18.04 experiences, feedback and suggestions that we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations

Here is what you can expect with the new release:

  • showcasing the latest budgie-desktop developments,
  • reworking some of our most used applets to be more efficient, faster
  • adding new productivity applets
  • integrating all of this together with the major GNOME developments of GTK+3.24 and Mutter 3.30

You can read more about what we have been upto via our release notes. Upgrade instructions from 18.04 LTS are included. Please have a read these since there are a number of issues that you need to be aware of.

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.

If you have any questions, remember, our forum is always open and ready to help you.

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

David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader.

18.10 beta 01 released source

18.10 - Beta

18.10 Beta Ubuntu Budgie has been released (27th Sept). This is the one and only beta before the actual release on the 18th Oct.

For this beta we have concentrated on:

  • showcasing the latest budgie-desktop developments,
  • reworking some of our most used applets to be more efficient, faster
  • adding new productivity applets
  • integrating all of this together with the major GNOME developments of GTK+3.24 and Mutter 3.30

The latter changes have been majorily problematic due to that they broke budgie-desktop in very fundamental ways. Thankfully Canonical's Iain Laine (Laney) came to our rescue and gave us a key code set of patches to enable 18.10 to be a reality

There are still rough areas - some that we have found ourselves. We will continue bug-fixing through the remaining parts of the beta period and will likely backport fixes during the 18.10 release cycle to smooth off those rough edges. As always - if you haven't told us about an issue ... we don't know about it - and that includes all the vloggers out there!

Thanks

On behalf of the Ubuntu Budgie team, thanks goes to our community who has made this project viable in terms of donations to enable us to invest in Ubuntu Budgie.

To those of you who have contributed through testing, translations and even bug-reporting - you are the key to our success. High-Fives all around :)

UB will not be possible without the dedication of our team. Occasionally they do come out of their UB development bunker - so if you see them, say Hi and give a virtual pat on their backs :)

Finally

Peruse our 18.10 release notes to see what is what. These will be continually updated as we move towards the release.

18.10 Release Notes

Pay attention to the Issues list.

As always the beta should never be installed on a Production machine. Things are constantly changing and things may go awry.

David (project lead)

18.10 beta released

18.10 Release Notes

Version

Ubuntu Budgie v18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) Release: Oct 18th, 2018

Ubuntu Budgie 18.10 will be supported for 9 months until July 2019. If you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.

In these release notes the areas covered are:

  • New features and enhancements
  • Issues Resolved
  • Upgrading from 18.04 Ubuntu Budgie
  • Known Issues when upgrading
  • Where to download Ubuntu Budgie

New features and enhancements

  • Budgie Desktop "v10.5" (almost) - we are pleased to promote the latest available capabilities made available by the Solus upstream project.
  • Due to overwhelming vote (75% for), Firefox now becomes our default browser. So out goes a chromium-browser icon on both the icon-task-list and plank dock - in comes Firefox
  • ... and for good measure we have added ubuntu budgie welcome as a default program icon to make discovery instant.
  • We have dropped TLP from the default install. The powersavings in the kernel from kernel 4.18 are significant for newer computers. TLP is still available to be installed if the kernel powersavings do not impact you due to using an older CPU.
  • The caffeine appindicator has been dropped - this has been replaced with the native caffeine budgie-applet that comes with budgie-desktop v10.5
  • We've added a new game 2048 as part of the default install - great way to while-away a few hours
  • More new productivity applets are now available from Budgie Welcome
  • Ubuntu Budgie Team Wallpapers for 18.10 - the UB team has decided for this release to choose their favorite wallpapers - quite an eclectic bunch. Hope you like them. We will next run a community contest for the 20.04 LTS
  • Budgie Welcome - Translation team has been very busy - many more languages now available
  • Files (Nautilus) - Folder Color now styles folders correctly with Pocillo based icons (thanks Costales)

Folder color

Budgie Applets

New productivity applets are now available from Budgie Welcome:

  • WeatherShow - Weather forecast every three hours and over five days. This Desktop based weather applet is installed by default and can be added to your panel.

    Weathershow applet

  • Kangaroo - Quick and easy browsing, across (possibly) many folder layers, without having to-do a single mouse click.

Kangaroo applet

  • App launcher - Display your favorite applications in a menu and on the panel.

    Applauncher applet

  • Trash applet (vala based) - Show, hide and restore trash items.

    Trash applet

  • Recently Used (vala based) - Show recently used items in a menu.

    Recentlyused applet

A couple of existing applets have been rewritten from Python based to Vala based. This has been done to greatly enhance the speed of the applets and make them memory efficient; in addition they have picked up a few enhancements so browse around in the applet setting to discover whats new

  • Quick Notes
  • Hot Corners

We are also pleased to show-case many more indie developer applets - to just pick a few:

  • Advanced Brightness Controller - Control the backlight via your graphics driver controller or GNOME's brightness controller.

    Advanced brightness applet

  • Browser Profile Launcher - Launch and create multiple Chromium/Chrome profiles.

Browser profile launcher applet

In total Ubuntu Budgie users have direct install access to twenty-seven applets through budgie-welcome

If you want to showcase your applet in UB contact us and let us know about your project.

Budgie Desktop

Whilst v10.5 was not made official by the time of Cosmic Feature freeze, we have grabbed as much as we can to showcase the good work that has been made by Solus and the wider budgie development community.

We are particularly proud of Canonical's Iain Lane (Laney) who provided a massive mutter compatible patch. Without it we would not have been able to bring you 18.10. Cheers Iain :)

From myself I have built upon Iain's good work to resolve as many GTK+3.24 and Mutter 3.30 introduced issues as we have been able to.

From upstream's blog, in no particular order look out for the following:

  • Raven Sound Output widget enables you to do global as well as per-app volume control and output device changing
  • Raven Sound Input widget enables you to do microphone control and input device changing.
  • Ability to mute / unmute applications and an option to allow raising volume above 100%
  • New Raven section in Budgie Desktop Settings. Under this new section, you’re able to show and hide individual widgets as well as enable the ability to raise your volume above 100% in Raven.
  • Ability to enable window focus change to being on mouse enter / leave via the “Windows” section of Budgie Desktop Settings, as opposed to click-to-focus.
  • The “Fonts” section of Budgie Desktop Settings introduces a new Text Scaling option
  • Ability to dismiss individual notifications
  • Notification grouping on an application basis
  • Large Notifications are now truncated to prevent huge notification windows being displayed
  • Caffeine powered - new applet that prevents screen dimming and lock screen triggering. This is now the default on the panel
  • You can now middle click on the Bluetooth applet to toggle Bluetooth airplane mode.
  • You can now middle click on the Sound applet to mute and unmute global audio.
  • We now hide the add workspace button in the Workspace Applet during initialization.
  • Icon Task List Grouping - displayed icons can optionally group the windows of the same application

Key features available to UB from Ubuntu

  • GNOME 3.30 applications
  • Linux Kernel 4.18
  • Mesa 18.2.2
  • X.Org Server 1.20.1
  • 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 :)

What does all that mean - most cutting edge yet stable software that brings great benefits for brand new hardware compatibility - including support for the very latest Games.

UB Maintained packages

Apart from the above (!) UB maintains a number of Debian packages. New versions available in 18.10 include:

  • rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar
  • faba-icon-theme
  • slick-greeter
  • GTK+3.24 fixed version of budgie-haste-applet
  • GTK+3.24 fixed version of budgie-screenshot-applet
  • Arc-Theme

Other distros

We are particularly pleased to see our Budgie Applets now available to the wider Linux community. If you are on Arch Linux / Manjaro, look out for "budge-extras" in your official Arch community repository. Debian Buster is now sync'd with Ubuntu and will now continue to receive the latest developments from the UB team.

Issues Resolved:

  • ShowTime crashes & HiDPI positioning
  • Hotcorners activation issues when using HiDPI displays
  • Various display issues for Window Previews

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 &
  • Window artefacts displayed when using the budgie menu, notifications and alt+tab. For the interim please disable window animations from budgie-settings. We'll continue to investigate. - Will be resolved as a regular update post 18.10
  • Workspace switching - switching animation is now up/down instead of the usual left/right. Resolved
  • Super +D Showdesktop does not work - Will be resolved as a regular update post 18.10
  • Dropby popover does not popup when a USB device is inserted Resolved
  • Some apps do not respect left/right decoration placement Resolved
  • Raven Configuration Settings are not remembered after relogin - Will be resolved as a regular update post 18.10
  • App launcher does not display correctly on vertical panels - Will be resolved as a regular update post 18.10

  • Please read the Ubuntu Release notes which covers issues common to all Ubuntu Flavors

Upgrading

How to upgrade from 18.04 to 18.10

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

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 18.10, you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates - BUT IMPORTANTLY - you need to first switch to being offered updates "For Any Version" in the Update tab of Update Manager - Settings.

Alternatively, from a command line run:

update-manager

IMPORTANT We do not recommend running do-release-upgrade from a Tilix terminal since this will hang during the upgrade. If you want to use do-release-upgrade switch to a TTY and login before running the command.

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.

We also recommend you reset the panel to benefit from the revised Pocillo theme and applets:

nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Upgrades

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

http://askubuntu.com/questions/110477/how-do-i-upgrade-to-a-newer-version-of-ubuntu

Download

To download the ISO, head on over to:

https://ubuntubudgie.org/downloads

Getting support

Thanks to the generosity of discourse.org, our support site is the key site for all things Ubuntu Budgie.

One to book-mark https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

More information can be found here.

Discourse


David (project lead)

18.04.1 Ubuntu Budgie announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.1 LTS Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro, our first LTS point release as an official flavor of the Ubuntu family.

The LTS version is supported for 3 years while the regular releases are supported for 9 months.

The new release rolls-up various fixes and optimizations the Ubuntu Budgie team have released since the 18.04 release in April this year:

  • budgie welcome updates including new applets Desktop Weather, Advanced Brightness Controller, Browser Profile Launcher & Find 'Fast' Kangaroo Applet
  • Lots more translation updates to budgie welcome
  • Fixes to display Settings correctly translated
  • Six bug & stability fixes for various applets

We also inherits hundreds of stability, bug-fixes and optimizations made to the underlying Ubuntu repositories. Many thanks to all the volunteers, Debian & Ubuntu maintainers and Canonical employees who have done such a sterling job packaging the changes that many more developers from all over the world have resolved. The power of FOSS that we are all proud to be part of.

You can read more about 18.04 via our release notes. Upgrade instructions from both 16.04 budgie-remix and 17.10 are included. Please have a read of these since there is an extra step you need to do post-upgrade.

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.

Users of Ubuntu 16.04 will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 18.04.1 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the the Ubuntu 18.04.1 release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues affecting all flavours including Ubuntu Budgie. They are available at:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren't sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

Help Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

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

David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader.

P.S. here is a nice video to show off 18.04 Ubuntu Budgie. Enjoy!

Projectmanager

Please welcome two new team members

The Ubuntu Budgie team are pleased to welcome two new team members.

Efkan Isazade

Efkan small Efkan has joined us in the Project Manager/ Administrator role that was recently advertised.

Efkan hails from Azerbaijan and will be ensuring the team meets its goals and schedules for 18.04 LTS and 18.10. Efkan will also be ensuring your donations are continued to be accurately accounted for and managed.

A bit about Efkan...

"25 years old Master of Business Administration student in Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University with Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA) Joint program. Major in Electronic Governance. Enjoy a challenge and achieving personal goals. Flexible and Result oriented."

Serdar Şen

Serdar small Serdar hails from Turkey and has joined the team as a developer - primarily applet writing.

A bit about Serdar...

"Serdar Şen is a freelance software developer, course instructor, graduate student in computer science. Serdar enjoys learning new technologies. He has interests in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He likes to draw and share pictures."

What about me?

Ubuntu Budgie only moves forwards thanks to its fantastic volunteers. So if you are a keen writer, tester (QA), Debian and/or Snap packager, developer (QT/QML/C++ or GTK+ with Vala or C++) please don't hesitate and step forward. Contact me at fossfreedom at ubuntu dot com

David (project lead)

Projectmanager

Become a team member - Project Manager / Project Administrator

The Ubuntu Budgie team are looking for a new volunteer to join our ranks as Project Manager / Project Administrator.

This is a non-technical role and will involve approx 3-4 hours a week dedication? Interested?

Duties include ... but not exclusively...

  • Coordinating the team activities across multiple timezones
  • flexible project schedule production
  • Running the monthly team meetings
  • Meeting minutes production and follow-up
  • Finance - maintaining an accurate record, updates to the donation web-page
  • Working with other flavours project admins/team leads - regular engagement via IRC and ubuntu community page
  • Team coordination through Slack app - using your phone, desktop etc

Trustworthy, cracking sense of humour, dedication are all essential attributes.

Send me your mini-CV - something short and sweet.

email: plain text only (attachments will be ignored) to fossfreedom at ubuntu dot com

David (project lead)

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budgie-remix 16.04 - end of support date

Budgie remix

With a heavy heart the Ubuntu Budgie team today announce the end-of-support for our 16.04 budgie-remix edition from the beginning of August 2018.

We would like to thank the almost quarter of a million downloaders since we first launched budgie-remix back in April 2016 for at least having a look at our fledgling distro.

We didnt really expect to support 16.04 for this length of time - we were not an official distro back then but enough people contacted us to convince us to continue rather than the usual 9 months Ubuntu distro support cadence.

With a rolling release mechanism for all thing budgie-desktop - the GUI, applets, budgie-welcome, themes etc, the latest 16.04.4 is very much different from the initial 16.04 release.

but I want to continue...

Don't worry! 16.04 Budgie Remix will not self destruct. The underlying pinnings of Ubuntu will keep you updated. Many components share the Ubuntu GNOME support arrangements and will receive updates until May/June 2019. The key linux kernel is updated through Ubuntu itself for 5 years.

However our strong recommendation is that you move to 18.04.1 as soon as it is practical for you.

moving forward

18.04.1 will be automatically announced through a prompt for all 16.04 users mid July. Just upgrade when prompted and finally run the "Budgie Complete Installation" menu option to finish.

You'll then be on the full 18.04.1 release.

Some of the packages that were installed as part of the budgie-remix backports PPA will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. Use budgie-welcome to reinstall anything that is removed.

We also recommend you reset the panel to benefit from the revised Pocillo theme and applets:

nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Upgrades

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

http://askubuntu.com/questions/110477/how-do-i-upgrade-to-a-newer-version-of-ubuntu

As an alternative you might want to backup your important 16.04 data and do a fresh install - good way for a thorough spring clean!

light reading and viewing

18.04 Release Notes

18.10 and beyond - 64bit images only

We have had a successful release of Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS and we now are in full planning mode for 18.10.

Similar to the decision made by Ubuntu themselves at 17.10, we have decided to concentrate all our efforts on producing a really good image based on the hardware almost all of you actually use now.

Eh - does this impact me?

Highly unlikely - from the various reports and statistics we have observed from 16.04 budgie-remix all the way to you enthusiastic 18.04 trail-blazers, almost all of you are now using the 64bit ISO.

We have also seen various reports that those that are using the 32bit ISO are again doing so on a 64bit hardware architecture - i.e. you could just use the 64bit ISO but have not chosen to.

Ubuntu will still offer 32-bit packages (i386 intel/amd) packages in the various package repositories.

… but I need 32bit images

We do know that this decision will upset some of you.

Rest assured for the entire 18.04 cycle - the next 3 years will continue with updated 32bit ISO’s of Ubuntu Budgie.

I’m sure you are already aware software providers and various hardware manufacturers no longer produce 32bit software or are about to drop support for 32bit versions of their software. Chrome, Nvidia, Vivaldi are recent examples. Even the provider of Firefox (mozilla) support 64bit only - its kind of a happy coincidence that 32bit still works and that is thanks to the maintainers working with the opensource community at large.

None of the Ubuntu Budgie test team have access to 32bit hardware - so our development is only via Virtualbox. That isnt really satisfactory.

I hope you understand the decision. The next three years we will endeavour providing good support moving forward with 18.04 through to 18.10 and beyond.

Zesty announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS Released!

We are pleased to announce the **release** of the next version of our distro, the third as an official flavor of the **Ubuntu** family and our very first LTS. The LTS version is supported for 3 years while the regular releases are supported for 9 months. Based on 17.10 experiences, feedback and suggestions we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of **new features**, **fixes** and **optimizations** Here is what you can expect with the new release: * More customisation options via budgie welcome * Lots more Budgie Applets available to be installed * Dynamic Workspaces, hot-corners and Window Shuffler * Brand new GTK+ Theme called Pocillo * New applets as standard in the panel or available to be added via Budgie Settings You can read more about what we have been upto via our release notes. Upgrade instructions from both 16.04 budgie-remix and 17.10 are included. Please have a read of these since there is an extra step you need to do post-upgrade. 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. If you have any questions, remember, our forum is always open and ready to help you. **Thank you all** for your continued support - **spread the news!** David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader. P.S. here is a nice video to show off 18.04 Ubuntu Budgie. Enjoy!

18.04 - Beta 2

Beta 2 of Ubuntu Budgie has been released (5th April) - one short month after beta 1! This is the final beta before the actual release on the 26th April.

For beta 2 we have concentrated on bug-fixing and smoothing off those rough edges our user community have reported. As always - if you haven't told us about an issue ... we don't know about it - and that includes all the vloggers out there!

So in no particular order beta 2 has the following changes over and above beta 1.

  • Weather Applet: We have managed to get this working again. Yay! Available from Menu - budgie-applets
  • Budgie Calendar Applet: backports a fix from upstream to ensure custom date format are remembered + styling fixes for themes like Pocillo
  • Ant-Theme - latest git version of Ant-Theme is available that includes some nice budgie desktop fixes
  • Pocillo theme:
    • theming of the lock-screen
    • Pocillo now support slick-greeter theming - switched slick-greeter theme to Pocillo-dark, with a more transparent entry field
    • better headerbar styling of the window controls; fixed black separator displays
  • Arc theme has styling fixes for for various issues with budgie desktop, gnome-shell and cinnamon
  • TLP no longer pulls in the Postfix mail-server
  • Showtime Applet now can display 12 and 24hr date format
  • Show the default Ubuntu Budgie icon for budgie-welcome/themes and applets for those users not using Pocillo icon theme - before no icon was shown
  • Showtime Applet now displays correctly on HiDPI screens
  • Hotcorners Applet trigger mechanism takes into account how close the cursor is to a corner - it is less likely now to trigger accidently
  • Window Shuffler is brand-new - GUI and keyboard based grid tiling comes to budgie (see later)
  • Added a fix for the Budgie Desktop system tray to hopefully resolve black-backgrounds and superimposed icons
  • Window Previews now correctly displays when activated via Budgie Settings
  • Budgie Welcome has had a whole series of changes

    • Budgie Welcome now launches on the live ISO session
    • Our discourse support site is now displayed on the home-page. The social media icons have moved to the right of the screen and Gitter has now been removed (since discourse is our new support site)
    • Community page has been revamped
    • Lots of translation updates
    • Recommendations - Flatpack install now works
    • In-line with Ubuntu Policy, third-party repo installs now displays a prompt. Accepting that prompt continues with the installation and adds the third-party repo e.g. Chrome, Vivaldi, Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA
    • Vimix theme is now installable via our backports PPA since the third-party we originally linked to is not actively maintaining its package
    • Skippy-XD has now been removed from the recommendations page - the software is unmaintained for a few years now. It is still installable via command-line through our backports PPA on a "try if it works" basis.
    • Vivaldi is no longer shown on the 32bit ISO - there is no 32bit packages available
    • snap version is displayed on the Welcome About icon
  • Our budgie-plymouth package has now received a fix to stop upgrades crashing when moving from 18.04 --> 20.04 or from 18.04 --> 18.10. We will be backporting this fix for 17.10 and budgie-remix 16.04

  • Minimal install:

    • Budgie Welcome now launches on the minimal installation
    • More packages have been removed to cleanup the minimal installation
    • Minimal install now defaults to Pocillo GTK theme and Pocillo icon theme to ensure commonality with the full install

Introducing Window Shuffler

New for Beta 2 is our keyboard and GUI friendly window-shuffler capability. This short video explains all - enjoy!

Introducing our new support site

Also - we now have introduced our new support site. Thanks to the generosity of discourse.org, our new discourse based website is now up and running.

One to book-mark https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

More information can be found here.

Discourse

Ubuntu Budgie - Annual Financial Statement 2017 - 2018

Summary

As part of our commitment to be transparent with the community, the team is pleased to present a short statement of our financial position covering 2017 to 2018.

History

  • Budgie Remix had launched in April 2016
  • In Nov 2016 Ubuntu Budgie was granted the status as an official community flavour with Ubuntu/Canonical.
  • 17.04 was our first release "official" release as a flavour.

Goals

As we close off our fiscal year for 2018 (Apr 2017 - Mar 31, 2018), the financial position of the project is very healthy. We have met several goals this year and including our stretch goal:

  • LTS Fiscal Goal - ensure that the costs to support a three-year LTS were in place.
  • Contribute on behalf of the Ubuntu Budgie community - a financial contribution for 2017 was donated to the Solus community since Solus provides much of the development behind the Budgie Desktop.
  • Stretch Goal - ensure we have reserves to meet five years of costs (2018 - 2022).

Operating Costs

  • Infrastructure costs relating to the website, test build servers, domain registrations
  • Reserves are in place as a contingency to account for unexpected expenses.

Donations

Patreon

For 2017-2018 we did have a sizable number of Patreon donors - but due to Patreon changing their financial model in Dec 2017 we, unfortunately, lost many donors. Patreon has since rescinded this change, and our previous donors may want to reconsider becoming a Patreon since this gives Ubuntu Budgie a regular income.

PayPal

We have had many individuals who donate via Paypal, and we thank you all!

Sponsorship

Digital Ocean

We have had a significant vote of confidence by DigitalOcean paying for all of our 2017 hosting and infrastructure fees and have committed to continuing this through to 2018-2019 fiscal year as well. https://www.digitalocean.com

Discourse

As some of you may know, we recently moved our community over to a discourse forum which was generously provided through sponsorship as well. https://www.discourse.org/

Status.io

While this is yet to be implemented on our part, Status.io has provided a sponsorship that will help us keep our community up to date with system interruptions in our infrastructure. https://status.io

Partnerships

Briefly, we had begun to offer Ubuntu Budgie preinstalled on systems from Nimbusoft. Unfortunately, due to the founder deciding to move in an alternative strategic direction, that association had to end. We do thank Chris Harvey (owner of Nimbusoft) for the very sizeable donation he has given to Ubuntu Budgie. https://nimbusoft.com

Future Goals

We have set our sights this year to meet two very sizable cost goals; looking to fund equipment with HiDPI capability and with multiple HiDPI monitors. We recognise that more and more of our community use multi monitors and increasingly with HiDPI type resolutions. Unfortunately, we do not have such equipment to provide both development and support activities.

Contributions

  • This year our community has contributed £2460.
  • We have a nominal £953.86 in the bank, with set-aside costs for 2018 to 2022 + reserves.

Our confidence level for our financial viability is as close to 100% as you can get.

As a comparison for 2016-2017, our community contributed £248.90 with no set-aside costs and no reserves


With your help, we look forward to making more donations to developers and organisations who have helped Ubuntu Budgie.


The Team

All Ubuntu Budgie team members including myself are volunteers. At this point we the team do not benefit financially in anyway from your generosity. If we had one or more full-time developers, then the speed of development and improvement would be exponentially higher. For this to become fiscally possible, the project would need to grow to approx 20x the current contribution rate to achieve that.

Canonical Support

Although we are now an official flavour of the Ubuntu Family, we do not receive any financial help from Canonical. Canonical supports Ubuntu Budgie through their launchpad build systems and ISO distribution costs.


Thank You

All donors are displayed on our website unless you specifically request not to be presented.

Donations

If you would like to support Ubuntu Budgie, please feel free to donate to the project through either Paypal or Patreon.

Thank you to all who have chosen to join our community.

David (project lead)

discourse

Welcome to Discourse

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

Version

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

final release notes

In these release notes the areas covered are:

  • New features and enhancements
  • Issues Resolved
  • Upgrading from 17.10 Ubuntu Budgie
  • Upgrading from 16.04.4 budgie-remix
  • Known Issues when upgrading
  • Where to download Ubuntu Budgie
  • Our new support site https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

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
  • 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

      Quicknote

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

      DropBy

    • ShowTime - desktop clock with customizable colors

      Time

  • New applets, available via Budgie Settings

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

    Hotcorners

    • 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

    Windowpreviews

    • 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

      Clockworks

    • CountDown - A simple countdown applet with several options

      Countdown

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

      Autoswitch

    • 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

    • Weather applet

  • We are also pleased to show-case many more indie developer applets - to just pick a few:

    • Budgie Calendar Applet

    • Global Menu

    • Pixel Saver

  • keyboard and GUI friendly window-shuffler capability. This short video explains all - enjoy!

  • 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
    • Theming of Slick-Greeter and lock-screen
  • 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
  • We maintain a Vimix theme debian package is now installable via our backports PPA since the third-party we originally linked to is not actively maintaining its package

  • Support for Dynamic Workspaces

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

      Dynaspace

    • 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
    • Our discourse support site is now displayed on the home-page. The social media icons have moved to the right of the screen and Gitter has now been removed (since discourse is our new support site)
    • Community page has been revamped
    • Lots of translation updates
    • In-line with Ubuntu Policy, third-party repo installs now displays a prompt. Accepting that prompt continues with the installation and adds the third-party repo e.g. Chrome, Vivaldi, Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA
  • 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

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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
  • Skippy-XD has now been removed from the recommendations page - the software is unmaintained for a few years now. It is still installable via command-line through our backports PPA on a "try if it works" basis.
  • Vivaldi is no longer shown on the 32bit ISO - there is no 32bit packages available

Known Issues:

  • LightDM changes have resulted in the greeter not showing at selected users wallpaper. We ship the "Login Window" application to configure Slick-Greeter
  • 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 &

Upgrading

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:

update-manager

IMPORTANT We do not recommend running do-release-upgrade from a Tilix terminal since this will hang during the upgrade. If you want to use do-release-upgrade switch to a TTY and login before running the command.

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.

POST UPGRADE From the menu run Budgie Complete Installation to install snap version of budgie-welcome.

We also recommend you reset the panel to benefit from the revised Pocillo theme and applets:

nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

How to upgrade from 16.04 budgie-remix 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.

Alternatively - to force an upgrade from 16.04.4 from a command line run:

update-manager -d

Some of the packages that were installed as part of the budgie-remix backports PPA will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. Use budgie-welcome to reinstall anything that is removed.

From the menu run Budgie Complete Installation to install snap version of budgie-welcome and to remove the budgie-remix meta package correctly.

We also recommend you reset the panel to benefit from the revised Pocillo theme and applets:

nohup budgie-panel --reset --replace &

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Upgrades

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

http://askubuntu.com/questions/110477/how-do-i-upgrade-to-a-newer-version-of-ubuntu

Download

To download the ISO, head on over to:

https://ubuntubudgie.org/downloads

Introducing our new support site

Also - we now have introduced our new support site. Thanks to the generosity of discourse.org, our new discourse based website is now up and running.

One to book-mark https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

More information can be found here.

Discourse

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
Access

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

Workspaceoverview

Developer Diary - October

Showcase

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

Development

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.

    Clock

  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.

    Prv

  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.

    Hotcorners

  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.

    Wswitcher

  5. QuickNote

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

    Quicknote

  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.

    Mover

  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.

    Workspaceoverview

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.

Random

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

Xplo header

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

Gifts


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.

Wpreviews

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

Drawing

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!

Drawing

  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:

Wpreviews

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

Quicknote

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.

Requirements

  • 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!!!!

Considerations

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).

Feedback

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)