eoan announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 19.10 Released!

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

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

Based on 18.04 through to 19.04 experiences, feedback and suggestions that we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations. This release is the final major step towards our 20.04 LTS.

Here is what you can expect with the new release:

  • showcasing the latest budgie-desktop developments - budgie-desktop v10.5 on a GNOME 3.34 stack,
  • showcasing the latest budgie-applets available
  • NVIDIA graphics installed automatically from our ISO
  • Showcasing ZFS integration
  • upgrade of nemo to v4 together with the ability to turn desktop-icons on/off via budgie desktop settings.
  • Debut of new Accessibility options - desktop keyboard and Screen Magnifier

You can read more about what we have been upto via our 19.10 release notes. Upgrade instructions from 18.10 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.

ps. fabulous banner work again from team member Udara Madubhashana pps. and here is a video to wet your appetite!

19.10 release

19.10 Release Notes

Version

Ubuntu Budgie v19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Release: Oct 17th, 2019

Ubuntu Budgie 19.10 will be supported for 9 months until Jul 2020. 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 / 18.10 / 19.04 Ubuntu Budgie
  • Known Issues when upgrading
  • Where to download Ubuntu Budgie

New features and enhancements

19.10 stuff to look out for

  • Ubuntu Budgie Team Wallpapers for 19.10 - the UB team has decided for this release to choose their favourite wallpapers - quite an eclectic bunch. I hope you like them. We will next run a community contest for the 20.04 LTS
  • All our backport packages have now been rebuilt for 19.10 - look out for nemo 4, nemo-share and nemo-dropbox and also skippy-xd is available through backports.
  • Budgie Welcome - Translation team has been bustling - many more languages now available
  • Latest versions of our default themes Pocillo, QogirBudgie and Arc
  • Budgie Appindicators now deal with shrinking panel sizes

Budgie Desktop:

Once again Ubuntu Developers (thanks Marco Trevisan) & Ubuntu Budgie continues to take the lead to ensure budgie desktop remains compatible with the latest GNOME stack. This time around the development ride has been particularly rough but I've worked with the GNOME mutter developers to ensure a smooth ride for all distros uplifting to GNOME 3.34.

I've added the following enhancements:

  • patch to bring support for nemo-desktop and DesktopFolder to budgie desktop settings.
  • ability to increase the spacer applet sizing without impacting the overall size of the panel.
  • sort the menu taking into account your user locale characters such as accents
  • ability to launch applications from the menu requiring elevated privileges
  • hopefully reduced the occasional budgie desktop based apport dialogs seen during logon

Also have pulled from upstream a Fonts DPI configuration option in budgie desktop settings.

Accessibility

We have taken a closer look at making our distro more easy to use for those of us who need just a little extra help. This is where we need your help. What tricks & techniques are you aware of that helps improve the accessibility of the desktop?

We have incorporated a super useful screen magnifier - just enable via the Settings - Accessibility options

Bind both Super + Alt + = and Super + Alt + + as zoom-in keys

Magni

Also we have included the on-screen keyboard (onboard)

Onboard

NVIDIA

Our 19.10 distro now includes the NVIDIA proprietary driver sets on its ISO. This allows NVIDIA users to install & configure drivers out of the box without needing an internet connection. Just click the wifi installer option to install the correct NVIDIA driver for your computer - obviously assuming that your hardware needs it.

Likewise, we have added support for Optimus graphics switching direct from the budgie panel. If you have Optimus graphics look for the intel/nvidia icon to switch between your intel & nvidia GPUs.

Nvidia menu

ZFS

We are pleased to support Ubuntu's ZFS initiative. For Ubuntu Budgie, you will have the option to install the ZFS file-system from the ISO

ZFS

Remember this is experimental - so don't use on a valuable production system. Canonical devs are very interested in feedback - so this is an easy way to help-out early with 20.04LTS development.

You will need a minimum of 4GB RAM to install ZFS - don't use on RAM limited systems.

Budgie Applets & Budgie Mini-Apps

Debuting for 19.10 are Window Previews, QuickChar, FuzzyClock, Workspace Stopwatch, Budgie Brightness Controller and Budgie Status-Notifier

Window Previews

Window previews (Alt Tab replacement) has been rewritten in vala - faster with per workspace/all workspaces and shift backwards controls. Additionally, Alt Above-Tab shows windows of the currently active application only.

Previews

Enable through Menu - Previews Control

QuickChar mini app

Quickly find and choose the equivalent locale character for an ascii character

Press Super+Alt+C to call the window

Type a character, and all its derivates will appear. Click one (or tab to the targeted character and press Return) and the character will be pasted into the document

Press again to toggle visibility, or Escape to hide

Chars

Install via Menu - Budgie Applets

FuzzyClock applet

Shows the time in a Fuzzy Way.

Supports 24-hour format Supports Dates Supports Horizontal Panels

Fuzzy

This is a new applet contributed by community member Adam Dyess - Thanks Adam!

Install via Menu - Budgie Applets

Workspace Stopwatch applet

Workspace Timer Applet is an applet to keep track of usage per workspace, e.g. to find out how much minutes/hours were actually spent on a job. Workspaces can be freely named, custom names and all data are rmembered, also after logout/restart, until the RESET button is pressed. The log file is updated on workspace switch/clicking the icon for popup or else every 30 seconds. Time during suspend is automatically retracted from a workspace' time.

Stopwatch

Install via Menu - Budgie Applets

Add budgie-brightness-controller applet

Brightness Controller is a Budgie Desktop applet allowing you to control the desktop/laptop brightness via your hardware brightness controller or via Xorg as a fallback.

Brightnesscontroller

Install via Menu - Budgie Applets

Budgie Status-Notifier

System Tray in KDE StatusNotifierItem format.

Sntray applet

Install via Menu - Budgie Applets

Extras changes

  • Add budgie-extras-daemon to handle applet shortcut key handling
  • Add automatic multi-monitor support for Showtime
  • Showtime bug fix to deal with more locale variations
  • Set the defaults for hotcorners
  • Scaling fixes for Showtime when theme/resolution/font changes
  • Display Window Mover applet correctly on primary monitor when multiple monitors are available
  • Rework Dropby to display in an independent window rather than a popup - this resolves panel freeze issues.
  • Dropby bug-fix to deal with non-accessible mount-points
  • display dropby window close button icon
  • Dropby - Fix right corner action appearance
  • Window Mover no longer disappears when navigating using cursor keys
  • hide countdown message window from docks
  • Add option for take-a-break to unlock the screensaver
  • Lots of translation updates
  • Fix visualspace window being displayed when releasing ctrl/alt after arrow keys
  • Correctly integrate hotcorners with window previews
  • Reduce budgie panel CPU usage with keyboard auto-switch applet
  • Fix for crash with keyboard auto-switch with malformed config file

All these productivity applets and mini-apps are now available from Budgie Welcome - select Menu - Budgie Applets

Remember, budgie-applets showcases many more indie developer applets

In total Ubuntu Budgie users have direct install access to 35 budgie applets and budgie mini-apps through budgie-welcome

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

  • Daily builds for budgie-extras is available - so to get the latest (warts and all) ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/budgie-extras-daily

Key features available to UB from Ubuntu

  • Linux kernel v5.3
  • GNOME 3.34 applications - our favourite - look out for the wallpaper changer. Very nice!

Ubuntubudgie19.10%20on%20QEMU KVM 045

  • Latest version of LibreOffice 6.3
  • A shed-load of fixes throughout the Ubuntu stack - congrats on all Canonical, Ubuntu devs, Debian devs and all devs in the free software community for all of their hard-work which everyone should be pleased 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 many Debian packages. New versions available in 19.10 include:

  • slick-greeter
  • Arc-Theme
  • DesktopFolder

Issues Resolved:

  • Budgie Pixel Saver has been fixed to work with newer versions of mutter.
  • Appindicator applet now ignores right-click events; this is now consistent with all budgie applets and prevents confusion between left/right click events.
  • Out of the box we are now Python 2 free - better security especially due to the imminent end-of-life for python 2 security fixes.
  • Thunderbolt support is now available from the start menu.

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

Upgrading

How to upgrade from 19.04 to 19.10

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

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 19.10, 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.

How to upgrade from 18.04 or 18.10 to 19.10

Short story - you cannot directly upgrade. You must first upgrade to 18.10 ... then 19.04 before upgrading to 19.10. Anything else is not supported nor supportable.


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

Final release is available here:

https://ubuntubudgie.org/downloads

Getting support

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

One to bookmark https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

More information can be found here.

Infrastructure

We just wanted to thank our infrastructure sponsors who help us keep the lights on.

Digital Ocean

On a mission to simplify cloud computing so developers and their teams can spend more time building software that changes the world.

Discourse

Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!

Status.io

Status.io was built to help companies enhance transparency and keep their customers in the loop during downtime. The Status.io platform enables organizations to maintain a customized public system status page, external to their infrastructure, that always displays the current health of their app, website or service.


David (project lead)

18.04.3 Ubuntu Budgie announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.3 LTS Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro, our third 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 18.04.2 release in February:

  1. The kernel and graphics found in 19.04 have been backported to 18.04. This is part of the Hardware-Enablement-Stack release and 18.04 users who install the HWE (see later) are automatically upgraded to the next kernel and graphics stack approx 3-4 months after an interim release. So 18.04.2 users will see the new packages appearing now.

  2. budgie welcome updates including new applet take-a-break

  3. All 19.04 applets and fixes have been backported.
  4. Lots more translation updates to budgie welcome
  5. Updated:
    • budgie-screenshot-applet
    • budgie-weather-applet
    • budgie-sys-monitor-applet
    • budgie-cpufreq-applet
    • budgie-advanced-brightness-controller
    • Revised Pocillo theme

For the more adventurous we have the 10.5 budgie desktop in our backports repository. Just enable via budgie-welcome - recommendations.

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 16.04 budgie-remix is 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 are offered an automatic upgrade to 18.04 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 release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues affecting all flavours including Ubuntu Budgie. They are available at:

HWE

The Ubuntu LTS enablement (also called HWE or Hardware Enablement) stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing Ubuntu LTS releases. These enablement stacks can be installed manually but are also available when installing with Ubuntu LTS point release media such as 18.04.3

We would stress - if everything is working as you expect, there is no need to change to the HWE. If you need newer graphics for applications and games, or if you are moving your installation to newer hardware then you may wish to consider uplifting your installation to the HWE.

To install the HWE (only applies to everyone who installed at 18.04 and 18.04.1):

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04

32bit ISO

32 bit support is something we have committed to support for the duration of the LTS period. The vast majority of computers today will run the 64bit ISO just fine - so please use that first.

32bit HWE intel graphics may cause issues with either booting or after installation.


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!

disco announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 Released!

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

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

Based on 18.04 & 18.10 experiences, feedback and suggestions that we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations. This release is a big step towards our 20.04 LTS.

Here is what you can expect with the new release:

  • showcasing the latest budgie-desktop developments - budgie-desktop v10.5 is now officially available,
  • showcasing the latest budgie-applets available
  • replacing nautilus for nemo - retains desktop-icons capability with all the features of nemo such as dual pane etc + integrated catfish search. Lookout for our nemo-extensions in budgie-welcome recommendations.
  • stylish reworking of our desktop together shipping a new theme QogirBudgie which can be chosen together with Pocillo and Arc
  • integrating all of this together with the major GNOME developments of GTK+3.24 and Mutter 3.32

You can read more about what we have been upto via our 19.04 release notes. Upgrade instructions from 18.10 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.

p.s. and here is a video to wet your appetite!

Ubuntu Budgie - Annual Financial Statement 2018 - 2019

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 2018 to 2019.

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.
  • 18.04 was our first Long Term Schedule release

Goals

As we close off our fiscal year for 2019 (Apr 2018 - Mar 31, 2019), 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. Solus themeselves stopped donations in 2018. We will keep reserves available if and when Solus restart donation receipts.
  • Stretch Goal - ensure we have reserves to meet five years of costs (2019 - 2023).

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 2018-2019 we did have a handful of Patreon donors. Please do consider 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 2017/2018 hosting and infrastructure fees and we hope to continue our partnership through the 2019-2020 fiscal year as well. https://www.digitalocean.com

Discourse

Last year we 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 have explored a partnership with Tuxedo Computers to see computers with Ubuntu Budgie preinstalled on systems. Discussion is ongoing.

Future Goals

Last year we 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. Through your contributions we have enough money to purchase a couple of HiDPI monitors.

Contributions

  • This year our community has contributed £5131.42.
  • We have a nominal £3477.33 in the bank, with set-aside costs for 2019 to 2023 + reserves.

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

As a comparison:

  • 2016-2017, our community contributed £248.90 with no set-aside costs and no reserves
  • 2017-2018, our community contributed £2460 with set-aside costs for 2018 to 2022 + 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 10x the current contribution rate to achieve that.

Canonical Support

Although we are 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)

19.04 release

19.04 Release Notes

Version

Ubuntu Budgie v19.04 (Disco Dingo) Final Release: Apr 18th, 2019

Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 will be supported for 9 months until Jan 2020. 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 / 18.10 Ubuntu Budgie
  • Known Issues when upgrading
  • Where to download Ubuntu Budgie

New features and enhancements

18.10 stuff carried through to 19.04

  • Firefox is the default browser. So out goes a chromium-browser icon on both the icon-task-list and plank dock - in comes Firefox
  • For good measure, we have added ubuntu budgie welcome as a default program icon to make discovery instant (on both the icon-task-list and plank dock).
  • We have dropped TLP from the default install. The power savings in the kernel from kernel 4.18 and later are significant for newer computers. TLP is still available to be installed if the kernel power savings 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 - a great way to while away a few hours

19.04 stuff to look out for

  • New default wallpaper

Desktop

  • Fonts have changed from "Ubuntu" to "Noto Sans" except for the terminal font since Ubuntu is much easier to read!
  • Ubuntu Budgie Team Wallpapers for 19.04 - the UB team has decided for this release to choose their favourite wallpapers - quite an eclectic bunch. I hope you like them. We will next run a community contest for the 20.04 LTS
  • Budgie Welcome - Translation team has been bustling - many more languages now available
  • Budgie Welcome - Browser Ballot available from getting started now is Snap capable - we offer GNOME Web and Midori as options for web-browsers as well as the Snap versions of Firefox and Chromium-Browser. Chrome, Vivaldi and the repo versions of Firefox and Chromium-Browser are still available.
  • Catfish file and text search is now a default install
  • The community has requested Files (Nautilus) to be switched to Files (Nemo) - so welcome back split screen and other goodies. Tip - press Alt or right-click the toolbar to show the Menu for preferences etc.

Nemo

  • Nemo can be launched from Plank as well as the icon-task-list applet
  • v3.8.6 is the version of Nemo in the repositories. v4.0.6 is available in our backports PPA
  • nemo-dropbox is available in our backports PPA
  • nemo-share is available from our backports PPA - this adds a right click option to enable folders to be shared without needing root permission.
  • budgie-nemo integration - right click options for changing the background, launch budgie-desktop-settings and catfish file & text search
  • Nemo folder-color is unfortunately not available in the repositories, so it has been dropped.
  • Latest version of moka-icon-theme is available - Pocillo uses Moka icons
  • budgie-desktop is built upon mutter 3.32 - so we benefit from all the good speed-ups work upstream
  • Introducing a default theme QogirBudgie from the fiendishly clever themer vinceliuice - so three of the best themes are now default in budgie-desktop-settings (Arc, Pocillo and QogirBudgie)

Qogirbudgie

  • Keyboard friendly window shuffler. CTRL+ALT+keypad numbers; The currently focussed window can be now tiled to each corner, side to side or maximized/unmaximized all from the keyboard. Give it a try.
  • New version of the login screen slick-greeter
  • Revamped budgie-themes to be 19.04 friendly
  • Main Menu option "Budgie Discourse" to have direct access to our community site
  • Previously hidden, Advanced Network Configuration, LibreOffice Math, Software Sources and Additional Drivers are now available from the menu
  • During the 19.04 development cycle we have been working with a great Elementary OS project called DesktopFolder. We will be working with the maintainer again during the 19.10 cycle and hopefully, we can then replace nemo-desktop with DesktopFolder. If you want to try out this project we have daily builds for DesktopFolder available - so to get the latest (warts and all) ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/desktop-icons

Desktopfolder

  • As the community has requested, Plank dock has now been switched to the bottom of the screen, is transparent and has the bounce animations by default
  • UB logo is proudly displayed in the About screen
  • Pocillo-gtk-theme has been revamped - key visual has been the Green suggestion buttons are now a darkish blue.
  • Budgie-Welcome - we have now removed our little-used budgie-remix Reddit and G+ page icons
  • Rhythmbox alternative toolbar - consolidated appmenu - fix for crashes when used with non-english locales

Budgie Desktop is now officially at v10.5 so look out for:

  • 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 changes.
  • Ability to mute/unmute applications and an option to allow raising volume above 100%. Tweaks are available to better work across more GTK themes
  • Raven section in Budgie Desktop Settings. Under this section, you’re able to show and hide individual widgets as well as enable the ability to raise your volume above 100% in Raven.

Ravensettings

  • Ability to enable window focus change to be 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 - a new applet that prevents screen dimming and lock screen triggering. This is now the default on the panel

Caffeine

  • 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.
  • Workspace Applet revamped.
  • Icon Task List Grouping - displayed icons can optionally group the windows of the same application
  • Substantial new and updated translations for the desktop
  • Ability to set the Notification position (previously was always top right)
  • Launch a new instance of an application via the middle button on icon-task-list
  • Scroll up on icon button to focus
  • Sundry menu category has been eliminated
  • Center all new windows is now an option in budgie-desktop-settings
  • Power and printer notifications are no longer added to Raven notifications
  • Sound widgets in Raven are removed if there are no devices
  • Fix pinning issues with icon-tasklist-applet
  • Firefox tabs that have audio now shown as "Firefox" rather than "AudioIPCServer" in Raven
  • Slick Greeter now shows user wallpapers by default - can be changed via Menu Login Window
  • Disable night-light when apps are using full-screen
  • Display week numbers in Raven Calendar
  • Default to not show the Powerstrip at the bottom of Raven
  • When desktop icons is switched off - extra option available to switch Displays
  • Non-friendly themes such as Adwaita are now hidden from budgie-desktop-settings

Budgie Applets

  • ShowTime applet has been completely revamped and rewritten - includes the ability to drag around the screen enabled via budgie-desktop-settings
  • A bug in WeatherShow, causing occasional crashes, has been fixed

New productivity applets are now available from Budgie Welcome:

  • New Pomodoro like applet Take-A-Break

Takeabreak applet

We are also pleased to showcase many more indie developer applets - to pick a few:

  • budgie-cpu-freq-applet, budgie-sys-monitor-applet are new to 19.04

Cpufreq applet

Sys monitor applet

  • kangaroo, app-launcher, trash applet, recently used, advanced brightness controller, browser-profile-launcher are from 18.10

In budgie-welcome, showtime, quicknote and dropby applets are hidden once installed. These are three critical applets and should never be removed manually. They don't need to be added to a panel though.

In total Ubuntu Budgie users have direct install access to 28 applets through budgie-welcome

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

  • Daily builds for budgie-extras is now available - so to get the latest (warts and all) ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/budgie-extras-daily

Key features available to UB from Ubuntu

  • Linux kernel v5
  • GNOME 3.32 applications - all apps need regression testing
  • Latest version of LibreOffice 6.2
  • Fractional Display scaling is an experimental option:
gsettings set org.gnome.mutter experimental-features "['x11-randr-fractional-scaling']"

Then use Settings - Displays to set the scale 1, 1.25 etc.

  • Live Patch is available directly from the menu although the capability is only applicable to LTS users; so this is prep work for 20.04LTS
  • A shed-load of fixes throughout the Ubuntu stack - congrats on all Canonical, Ubuntu devs, Debian devs and all devs in the free software community for all of their hard-work which everyone should be pleased 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 many Debian packages. New versions available in 19.04 include:

  • rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar
  • slick-greeter
  • Arc-Theme

Issues Resolved:

  • bug-fix to sweep up default install icons that are not Moka based - so applications have renamed their icon names, so Moka needs to keep up
  • Workspace switching stopped working in 18.10 - the previously manual dconf fix is now in 19.04
  • 19.04 minimal installs - gnome-online-accounts work out of the box
  • Window animations have been re-enabled. Check that in budgie-desktop-settings - style that animations is enabled.

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 &
  • Desktop Icons/ Nemo Folders on the upgrade to 19.04 from 18.10.

    • Desktop icons will not carry over its position from 18.10 - remember this is very different software. So you will need to rearrange your desktop again.
    • Icon-view Folder icon sizes are different between Nautilus and Nemo. You will need to use the zoom capability to see what works for you.
    • The default version of Nemo is 3.8.5. The spacing between icons is much larger than we have been used to with Nautilus. V4 that is available in backports somewhat resolves this issue.
    • On upgrade from 18.10 you may have both Nautilus and Nemo installed. You can safely remove nautilus via sudo apt purge nautilus.
    • on upgrade if you have an icon shortcut in either Plank or the icon-tasklist applet for Nautilus you will need to undock/unpin and redock/repin Nemo (unless of course you still want to continue using Nautilus)
  • Please read the Ubuntu Release notes which covers issues common to all Ubuntu Flavors

Upgrading

How to upgrade from 18.10 to 19.04

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

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 19.04, 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.

How to upgrade from 18.04 to 19.04

Short story - you cannot directly upgrade. You must first upgrade to 18.10 before upgrading to 19.04. Anything else is not supported nor supportable.


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

Final release & Dailies are found here:

https://ubuntubudgie.org/downloads

Getting support

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

One to bookmark https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org

More information can be found here.

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David (project lead)

18.04.2 Ubuntu Budgie announcement

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.2 LTS Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro, our second 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 18.04.1 release in July last year:

  1. The kernel and graphics found in 18.10 have been backported to 18.04. This is part of the Hardware-Enablement-Stack release and 18.04 users who install the HWE (see later) are automatically upgraded to the next kernel and graphics stack approx 3-4 months after a release.
  2. Maintenance release of budgie desktop:

    • Ensure show-desktop applet toggles correctly after showing a tooltip
    • Allow cancel from polkit windows
    • Make notifications consistent size; stop overlarge notification windows
    • Ensure notifications remain visible if mouse is hovering over theme
    • Support user based themes in legacy ~/.themes folder
    • Enable autohiding when using multiple budgie panels
    • deduplicate All category Menu
  3. Maintenance release of our Pocillo theme with fixes to resolve:

    • Raven Styling
    • Vertical dock highlighting
    • GtkColorChooser border truncation
    • GEdit search styling
    • Eog zoom truncation
    • Ensure Titlebar button are always circular
    • Nemo not themed
  4. budgie welcome updates including new applets Desktop Weather & Network Manager

  5. Lots more translation updates to budgie welcome

For the more adventurous we have also made available the budgie desktop version found in our 18.10 release. For more details please read the release notes

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 16.04 budgie-remix is 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 are offered an automatic upgrade to 18.04 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 release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues affecting all flavours including Ubuntu Budgie. They are available at:

HWE

The Ubuntu LTS enablement (also called HWE or Hardware Enablement) stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing Ubuntu LTS releases. These enablement stacks can be installed manually but are also available when installing with Ubuntu LTS point release media such as 18.04.2

We would stress - if everything is working as you expect, there is no need to change to the HWE. If you need newer graphics for applications and games, or if you are moving your installation to newer hardware then you may wish to consider uplifting your installation to the HWE.

To install the HWE (only applies to everyone who installed at 18.04 and 18.04.1):

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04

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!

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.