budgie-remix changes post beta 2

Its been a busy time since beta 2 was released – so here is a quick run-down of what is new (remember to do a full update to get the latest changes)

  • New Dock Added.  Oft asked is the addition of a Dock.  We know via feedback received by the budgie-remix team that many people use a launcher to aid their workflow.  The icon tasklist included with budgie is rather limited at the moment – although we expect some nice changes from upstream sometime in the future.  We’ve included Plank with the Arc-Plank theme which complements the default Arc themes.

ubuntu budgie 32bit (before testbudgie ppa) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_009

  • We have removed the icon tasklist applet for new installs and new users.  When new stuff is done upstream we will look to see if we can reinstate this applet in the default install (either at 16.04.1 or 16.10)
  • Don’t worry if you love the icon tasklist applet and don’t like docks.  Simply use Startup Applications to stop Plank from launching on logon.  Use Raven to readd applets.
  • We have centered the clock – it just looked too odd stuck at the left hand side of the screen.
  • We’ve included the stylish Vertex themes – these themes complement budgie very nicely.  Plank also comes with a Vertex theme – change this via Accessories – Plank Preferences.

ubuntu budgie 32bit (before testbudgie ppa) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_011

  • Arc-theme has received updates to support users using the GNOME3 Staging PPA (Gnome 3.20)
  • budgie-xfdashboard has now been removed  as a default application – many people in the community didnt think it added any value.  Don’t worry if you like this – sudo apt install budgie-xfdashboard to reinstall.
  • The stylish gnome-calendar is now installed.
  • For laptop users TLP is included by default – enjoy better battery life!
  • Again for laptop users – touchpad tap-to-click is enabled by default
  • On the logon screen, a budgie-logo is now visible signifying the budgie-desktop session.
  • The arc firefox theme has been built from upstream sources – this will allow us to bring updates quickly when they are released.
  • The slideshow used for the installer has received nice new screenshots.
  • Work is ongoing very nicely to rework budgie-remix.org to be more dynamic and maintainable.

We’ve been working with upstream developers:

  • budgie logo will be added in a future unity-greeter package
  • we’ve requested a similar update for the lightdm-gtk-greeter package
  • Numix now includes a fix for budgie-desktop start-button.
  • We’ve got positive responses for future work on budgie desktop – support for python plugins, better plugin installation structures and vendor specific customisation of the panel applets
  • Pinguy has been absolutely wonderful supporting us through all the late breaking installation issues Canonical devs pushed recently.  Both Pinguy and ourselves have confidence (bar anymore late breaking changes) that we’ll be pushing out our 16.04 release on-time – weekend after the 16.04 release is our target.

budgie-remix beta 2 is now available

The budgie-remix team are pleased to announce beta 2 of budgie-remix is now available.

We are hoping this is the final beta before our LTS release soon after the official Ubuntu release date (24th April).  If you haven’t already heard we’ve got the thumbs up for budgie-remix by Martin Wimpress – we look forward to working towards official status.

Screenshot Tour

We haven’t been idle in the last couple of weeks since the last beta.

  1. 64bit edition installable on UEFI based laptops with secure boot enabled
  2. Updated Ubiquity Slideshow
  3. Fix for Rhythmbox tray-icon right-click menu
  4. Uplift for Budgie-desktop to v10.2.5
  5. Updated Arc-Theme is now GTK+3.20 compatible – GNOME3 Staging PPA can be added
  6. New budgie-logo Plymouth Theme
  7. Uses new budgie-remix repository
  8. Uses revised PinguyBuilder – for VirtualBox users you’ll need to install virtualbox guest additions

Just today we have made sure QT apps look just as beautiful on budgie-remix as GTK apps.  So remember to do a full update.

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

We would like testers like you to try this beta out on a spare desktop/laptop if possible.

We urge beta 1 users to reinstall from these revised ISO’s. If you cannot – please remember to switch to the updated budgie-remix repository

We offer the download through a couple of ways bittorrent and direct downloads.

Remember to keep seeding please when using bittorrent!

There are two ISO’s:

  • 32bit – budgie-remix_16.04-LTS_i386.iso
  • 64bit – budgie-remix_16.04-LTS_amd64.iso

If in doubt choose the 64bit ISO since most modern hardware since 2004 is 64bit compatible.

The applications included with this beta are described here

  • Remember – both budgie-remix AND ubuntu are in beta – so…

Don’t keep any critical data on a beta machine unless you are doing daily backups


  • dual core/2 virtual core processors, 2Gb RAM

hidden features

  • Dashboard: Press CTRL+TAB
  • Raven: Super/Win+N
  • Start Menu: Super/Win key
  • Quick App: ALT+F2

Help and Support

Bug-report should be reported on our Launchpad.net site:

Community Support:

Try our Google+ or Reddit sites:

budgie-desktop gets a very stylish new release

budgie-desktop has just received its latest update (v10.2.5) – and its packed full of rather nice tasty stuff.  So forget about your choccy easter eggs – delve in, update and enjoy.

ubuntu-xenial-minimal-64bit (before testing new 10.2.5) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_001 The main panel has been rather nicely been fixed up. Notable visual changes includes the ability to blend the panel applets with the panel itself – a visual treat in itself.

The whole panel nicely reveal itself on logon – so no messy icons changing its size.  The applets no longer re-arrange themselves at random as well. Hurray!

If you have pinned your apps to the panel, these task icons (right of the start button) gets a nice hover effect – just inviting you to click on them.

Last but  not least is bluetooth support – if you have bluetooth – you get to see a nice new bluetooth icon with the other panel system indicators (battery/sound/exit).

ubuntu-xenial-minimal-64bit (before testing new 10.2.5) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_002Raven sound descriptions are much more useful – especially for those users who have multiple sound cards.

ubuntu-xenial-minimal-64bit (before testing new 10.2.5) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_003The General Settings has undergone a dramatic revamp – you can switch on and off desktop icons as well as fiddle with cursor themes and all sorts of fonts.  You can now remove gnome-tweak tool. Yay!

ubuntu-xenial-minimal-64bit (before testing new 10.2.5) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_004 The panel settings has a new option called “Stylize regions” – for ubuntu users it is off so that the applets blend in to the panel itself.  For those yearning for the clear visual distinction – click to switch back on.

Other behind the scenes changes include:

  • fix-ups for ultra high resolution users – the panel correctly sizes itself
  • GTK+ 3.20 support.  So for those users using the latest 16.04 Gnome-3 Staging PPA, budgie-desktop will work just nice for you!
  • The minimum GTK requirements are now GTK+3.18 – so sorry 15.10 Ubuntu Users … time to upgrade (on April 24th if you are of a nervous disposition)

Don’t forget – you need to use the budgie-remix PPA from now on.

For users who are new to budgie-desktop:

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

Note – this will update Nautilus to v3.18 as well which does not have the Unity patches. To remove budgie-desktop:

sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:budgie-remix/ppa

budgie-remix beta 2 is up next – this will include this new release of budgie-desktop.


IMPORTANT: New package repository for budgie-remix and budgie-desktop users

With immediate effect the budgie-desktop repository “ppa:fossfreedom/budgie-desktop” has been deprecated. What this means is that ppa:fossfreedom/budgie-desktop will no longer receive updates … but don’t worry read on 🙂

Since budgie-remix is a community distro we want to encourage everyone to contribute. We can achieve this through a new team repository where people can join and contribute.

To swap to the new repository type the following into the terminal:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:budgie-remix/ppa
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo ppa-purge ppa:fossfreedom/budgie-desktop

In upcoming news:

  1. budgie-desktop v10.2.5 is to be released today.  This looks like an exciting release – so stay tuned.
  2. budgie-remix beta 2 will be shipped with v10.2.5 – this release contains lots of fixes and support for UEFI laptop users.  Again – will let everyone know shortly when this is done.


budgie-remix beta 1 is now available

Spread the word – get your friends and your friends-friends to share … budgie-remix beta 1 is now available!!

Its been less than a month since Mark Shuttleworth expressed his support for a budgie-desktop version of Ubuntu.

Well its now available – in both 64bit and 32bit forms.

So what’s in this beta 1 release since the previous tech-preview

  • A range of apps we think fit in with budgie’s simple & elegant style
  • Ubuntu look and feel – Fonts are Ubuntu based
  • New Dashboard (press CTRL+TAB)- more than a nod towards GNOME-Shell dashboard
  • Revamped Rhythmbox to meet the budgie look-and-feel
  • Installer slideshow highlights budgie-remix’s features
  • A selection of wallpapers to customise with – we hope you like our radical default with a nod towards Ubuntu.

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We’ve also been busy with help & support.

We have our own website – budgie-remix.org

Launchpad.net is being used for bug-reports

GitHub is being used for development

We have our own subreddit

We have our own google+ community

Enjoy – get testing!

budgie-remix … the apps

Choosing the default applications for a distro is contentious – you can never please everyone.  Fortunately with Ubuntu as its base – you can change/add/delete anything with ease.

For those testing an installed version of tech-preview beta 2 (keep updating!)  these are the current default applications budgie-remix probably (emphasis on probably) ship with.  Let me know your thoughts.

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By default budgie-remix ships with Arc-Theme from Horst3180 – this includes firefox styled with Arc theme .  Also available is Horst3180 Vertex Theme which is equally impressive with the budgie-desktop


  • Files (Nautilus) is shipping with v3.18 not v3.14 as in base Ubuntu.  This is combined with GNOME Sushi – nice piece of software to view the contents of what you have highlighted – just press the Space bar
  • GNOME calculator
  • Gnote – note taking software EDIT: GNote has removed system tray capabilities so does not integrate with budgie-desktop
  • Main Menu (Alacarte EDIT: MenuLibre) – allows customisation of the menu
  • GNOME Photos
  • Gedit Text Editor
  • EDITL GNOME Calendar


  • Solitaire
  • Mahjongg
  • Mines
  • Sudoku

Installing the package gnome-games has two dozen games to choose from – the chosen four are those that Ubuntu has selected as the default.


  • Simple Scan
  • EDIT: GThumb image viewer


  • Chromium Webbrowser EDIT: Now removed
  • Firefox Web-browser customised with the Arc Darker firefox theme
  • Transmission BitTorrent client

Not decided yet (but leaning toward firefox) on the default browser … ship with both?


  • Libreoffice with sifr as the default toolbar style

Sound & Video:

  • Rhythmbox customised with Alternative Toolbar and Tray-icon for controlling via the panel
  • Video Player (Totem)


  • Orca Screen Reader
  • Power Statistics

System Tools:

  • GNOME Control Centre Settings
  • GNOME Software Centre


  • Ubuntu Software Updater


  • Startup Applications
  • Additional Drivers
  • GNOME Disks
  • GNOME Online Accounts


  • Archive Manager (file-roller)
  • Evince PDF Document Viewer
  • Image Viewer (eog)
  • GNOME Screenshot
  • GNOME Terminal

EDIT: TLP is included by default – this will enhance the battery life for laptop uses.

EDIT:… and xfdashboard is available as an optional install (sudo apt install budgie-xfdashboard) – press CTRL+TAB – this gives a gnome-shell like dashboard

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Developing for budgie-remix

Getting started with developing with budgie-remix

budgie-remix is hosted on GitHub for development.  For anyone who wishes to contribute to the development of budgie-remix, this article is the starting point.

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It consists of a number of sub-projects – some are still work in progress.  Obviously the number of sub-projects will grow as the project matures – below is the current structure:

budgie-desktop-environment is the starting point for the distro.  It is a meta package consists of two parts:

  • Depends: this installs all the necessary packages building upon the mini.iso  minimal Ubuntu install.
  • Recommends: this installs all the desktop packages like rhythmbox which the end-users see and use out of the box.

budgie-desktop is the upstream budgie desktop itself together with any Ubuntu specific patches

budgie-remix-lightdm-theme configures the LightDM theme and live CD autologin configuration files.

In the Debian package itself it has the gsettings override file central to budgie-remix; all the key customisation settings are done here:

  • rhythmbox
  • fonts
  • nautilus
  • screensaver and desktop background initial wallpaper

budgie-xfdashboard configures xfdashboard for budgie; defines a theme together with initial defaults per user autostarted on logon

budgie-isohelper contains stuff to create an iso:

  • reworked PinguyBuilder deb package stripped of unnecessary dependencies together with a base config file.

arc-theme is the upstream arc-theme together with the Debian package to install it.

plymouth-theme is the budgie-remix plymouth files displayed when booting

budgie-wallpapers consists of wallpaper jpegs including the key screensaver and desktop background wallpaper file itself

The whole project is built upon the mini iso

  1. Connect the downloaded ISO to virtualbox
  2. Boot and accept all the defaults – no desktop is installed
  3. Install budgie-remix as follows
sudo apt-get install -y software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/testbudgie
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y budge-desktop-environment

The PPA testbudgie are development packages.  The PPA budgie-desktop are the release packages

That’s it – simple!

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