Ubuntu Budgie 20.04 Testing Week

Hi everyone!

We would like to announce Ubuntu Budgie 20.04 testing week. Ubuntu Budgie beta starts on April 2nd and lasts till April 8th. During the testing week, we invite the community to work with use so that we can iron out all the little bugs that may have hidden during the pre-beta testing.

You can test Ubuntu Budgie on regular hardware or via Virtual Machine. The testing isos are available from http://www.cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/daily-live/current/ for you to dowload and put on USB or spin VM.

If you encounter bug be sure to report it with the description on what happens and steps to reproduce the said bug.

To find out more details, feel free to check Thread on Discourse and participate in discusssion. https://discourse.ubuntubudgie.org/t/ubuntu-budgie-20-04-testing-week/3271

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.4 LTS Released!

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.4 Small
Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.4

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro, our fourth 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 that have been released since the 18.04.3 release in August:

The kernel and graphics found in 19.10 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 an interim release. So 18.04.3 users will see the new packages appearing now.

Budgie Welcome updates include lots more translation updates.

For the more adventurous we have the 10.5 budgie desktop in our backports repository. Just enable via budgie-welcome - recommendations. For those that are using 10.5 we have backported stability fixes such as:

  • keyboard shortcuts not working on logon
  • reduction on the occasional crash reports when logging in.

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.

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.

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:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes

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 18.04.4

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:

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/get-involved


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

David, Ubuntu Budgie Project Leader.

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 featuresfixes and optimizations. This release is the final major step towards our 20.04 LTS.

Continue Reading "UBUNTU BUDGIE 19.10 RELEASED!"

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
Continue Reading "19.10 RELEASE NOTES"

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!

19.04 Release Notes

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
Continue Reading "19.04 Release Notes"