Budgie Desktop v.10.3

Budgie Desktop V 10.3 - Release Notes

With the Qt 5-based Budgie Desktop 11 beginning development, 10.3 marks the final phase of the 10.x series. Future 10.3 releases will only include minor updates and tweaks.


Ubuntu Budgie Website - Developer Diary

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Welcome to Ubuntu Budgie Developer Diary, my name is Nikola and I'm one of the Ubuntu Budgie Dev's responsible for the Ubuntu Budgie's website development.

Zesty announcement

17.04 Released!

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

Based on 16.04 and 16.10 budgie-remix experiences, feedback and suggestions we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations:

  • Focused heavily on stability
  • More customisation options via budgie welcome
    • Complete desktop look and feel change - Material Designs of Adapta or Vimix
    • Startup wizard on first logon taking new users through the first logon procedures
    • Browser ballot - we believe you should decide what your favorite browser should be
    • Overhaul of our delivered application set - the best from the GNOME family as well as the fantastic Terminix terminal emulator
  • Latest upstream Budgie desktop v10.2.9

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.

Thank you all for your continued support!

David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader.

Zesty announcement

17.04 Release Notes


Ubuntu Budgie v17.04 (zesty) Released: April 13th 2017

A significant portion of this development cycle has been spent integrating with the Canonical build-system. Key visible integration items were:

  • Plymouth customisations
  • utilizing the Ubiquity installer
  • reworking packages to remove the "budgie-remix" identities and replaced with the updated "Ubuntu Budgie" identity.

New Features and Enhancements

  • budgie-desktop upgraded to v10.2.9 from v10.2.7
  • a first login welcome screen to help you get up and running with items such as:
    • install drivers
    • perform updates
    • install complex ibus language support
    • web browser ballot - one click install/uninstall of additional browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, etc.
    • Full theme change support is now available. You can switch the entire interface (fonts, wallpaper, theme, cursors) to material based design themes (Adapta or Vimix) or the Arc theme style (default)
  • a backports repository is now optionally available via budgie-welcome with additional packages such as:
    • skippy-xd (Expose-Like Window selector)
    • the latest budgie-screenshot panel applet allowing you to grab screenshots (optionally send to Imgur)
    • 17.04 compatible Paper GTK Theme, Paper icon and cursor themes
    • (Coming Soon) v10.3 of the budgie-desktop
  • application indicator support (default - respects the panel system theme or custom themes)
  • panel applet to control the volume (default)
  • panel applet to navigate to file system places (default)
  • OSD (On Screen Display) of volume changes
  • drag-and-drop reordering of the icon-tasklist applet
  • ibus support
  • keyboard switching applet
  • Plank now defaults to a predefined set of applications rather than a random set of apps
  • QT Apps now inherit the currently applied GTK theme
  • additional languages are now available for installation via the Settings application including improved font support for our Chinese & Japanese community
  • existing applications such as Eye-of-GNOME (eog) and Evince have better support in non-Unity based desktops
  • integrated the latest GNOME mutter window manager (difficult due to debugging and fixing crash issues)
  • Added the following GNOME applications:
    • GNOME disk usage Analyser
    • GNOME characters
    • GNOME contacts
    • GNOME documents
    • GNOME font-viewer
    • GNOME log-viewer
    • GNOME maps
    • GNOME weather
    • GNOME color manager
    • GNOME accessibility support
  • GTK+3.22 Arc-theme support
  • Latest Moka-icon-theme (5.3.5)
  • new wallpapers
    • thank you to all wallpaper contest contributors!
    • our winners are credited in the Settings application (settings --> background)
    • two additional wallpapers have been added by team members
  • additional theming changes, bug-fixes and translation updates

Compatibility Changes

  • replaced GNOME Terminal with Terminix
  • dropped LibreOffice Base from the ISO image
  • changed the default browser to Chromium from Firefox
  • changed the default video player to GNOME MPV from GNOME Videos for instant multimedia playback out-of-the-box
  • changed the default for mouse and touchpad support to libinput from synaptics

Issues Resolved

  • crashing when installing/removing applications
  • disappearing session when removing keyboard layouts
  • oversized icons in the LibreOffice window decoration now display at the proper size

Known Issues

Upgrading from 16.10 to 17.04

  • existing accounts on the system will launch terminix showing a VTE misconfiguration error
    • To resolve: cat /usr/share/budgie-desktop/vteprompt.txt >> ~/.bashrc
  • your system will have the default applications (from 16.10 and 17.04) for web browsing, video players and terminals.
    • To resolve: sudo apt purge firefox gnome-terminal totem && sudo apt autoremove


How to upgrade from 16.10 to 17.04

After the release of 17.04 you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates.

Alternatively, from a command line run:

sudo do-release-upgrade

Packages that were installed as part of the previous PPA (ppa:budgie-remix/ppa) will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. These packages can be reinstalled via the 17.04 Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA (ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports)

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:


Also, Ask Ubuntu has a great guide to help you upgrade:


How to upgrade from 16.04 to 17.04

There is not a direct 16.04 to 17.04 upgrade route. You are recommended to upgrade through 16.10 first and then to 17.04, or to-do a fresh install.

To upgrade from 16.04 to 16.10 - https://ubuntubudgie.org/blog/2016/10/08/how-to-upgrade-from-budgie-remix-16-04-to-16-10

17.04 Wallpaper contest winners

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

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

Congratulations to the following winners:

  1. !
  2. Beach by siddharth arya siddharth arya
  3. Feathers by andre tr andre tr
  4. Impossibly tall bridge xander jara
  5. Playground by michael johnson michael johnson
  6. Sand by andre at s xavier andre@s xavier
  7. Speeding train by xander jara xander jara
  8. Streaming butterfly by xander jara xander jara
  9. Tarmac by siddharth arya siddharth arya

All the original images can be found on the 17.04 contest flicker site

Zesty wallpaper contest

Announcing 17.04 wallpaper contest

Ubuntu Budgie is pleased to announce our 17.04 wallpaper contest - we are looking for fabulous original images to proudly show-case our first official community flavor edition of Ubuntu.

Please dig deep into your photo collection!

Your reward will be to display your work in Ubuntu - and the best of the best will be proudly displayed on our website!

So hurry - the contest is only open for approx three weeks.

Enter the 17.04 Contest

Rules are available on Flickr - all photo's submitted must conform with one of the following licenses:

  1. CC-BY-SA-4.0.
  2. CC with Attribution v3.0 or v4.0
  3. CC0 with the original authors name if its not yours

Please do not enter your photo's in other community flavor contests - there is nothing more embarrassing having the same photo being potentially included in multiple flavors!

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December News Update

Hey everyone, it has been almost a month since our last post so here are some latest news on what's happening

Ubuntu Budgie

It's official

The budgie-remix team is pleased to inform the community that the Ubuntu Technical Board has granted official community flavor status to our distro. We are pleased to join and be part-of the superb Ubuntu family.

Starting from today the distro will be known as Ubuntu Budgie.

budgie-remix 16.10 released

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro based on the solid 16.10 Ubuntu release.

This is our first release that follows Ubuntu release cycle – we have worked on getting closely aligned our alpha and two betas in the same manner as Ubuntu and the other official community flavours.

Budgie-Remix 16.10 beta 2 is now available

Howdy, budgie-remix users! We’re proud to announce another release of budgie-remix. This time, we’re publishing the beta 2 for the new budgie-remix based on Ubuntu 16.10. While this beta is not final release, it does contain most of the bug fixes and new features that you are going to see with budgie-remix 16.10 final release.

News release #6

After taking a bit of a breather over the summer holidays the team are back in full swing.

News Release #5

Wallpaper Contents for 16.10, budgie-remix 16.04.1 release and the new welcome app are just part of the news that we are going to share with you in this post.


News Release #4

With our fourth news batch, we have some interesting news about budgie-remix’s development and other community related stuff.

News Release #3

In the past 2 weeks we’ve seen a lot of progress in the development of the distro, as well with the community development. Community driven support helps us realize the key points on where to go with the development, and what are the most important things for the users of our distro.


News Release #2

This is the second of our fortnightly roundup of budgie-remix news.

Udara has been making some mockups of a Welcome to budgie-remix app. This will be a distro agnostic development i.e., other distros can take and enhance/change it without having to rewrite everything.


Hello budgie-remix users!

This is the first of our fortnightly roundup of budgie-remix news. More news are soon to come, so feel free to follow us.