budgie-remix 16.10 released


16-10

I’m very pleased to announce the release of budgie-remix based on the solid 16.10 Ubuntu foundations.

For the uninitiated, budgie-remix utilises the wonderful budgie-desktop graphical interface from the Solus team.

This is our first release following the standard Ubuntu release cycle – alphas, betas, release candidates.  Certainly eventful with this release we are very proud with the results.

The level of interest has been spectacular – a growing number of contributors, offers of help – so much so we just could not incorporate everything!

With a dynamic team and community developers & testers we are certain we have a good future ahead of us.  Roll on 17.04.

Just a few thanks – there too many people to individually thank – but you know who you are – so three cheers to you.

  • Our Debian reviewers – Adam Borowski & Gianfranco Costamagna
  • Our Ubuntu reviewers – Jeremy Bicha & Daniel Holbach
  • Ikey Doherty
  • Rob Peters and all the budgie-remix bug-busters – massive thanks for your detailed testing effort.
  • Ossian Mapes – we will definitely be looking to showcase your budgie-remix lightdm webkit2 greeter in the future!
  • The budgie-remix team Udara, Niyas, Joshua, Hexcube, Nikola,  Mikl
  • Our financial supporters
  • Our exponentially growing community who have embraced us on all social media – twitter, reddit, G+, Facebook

Read the official release announcement here.  Downloads are here.

budgie-remix 16.10 beta 2


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The very latest budgie-remix distro based on the firm 16.10 Ubuntu foundations is now available for testers.

More details available on the project-page – and download links are available from sourceforge.

I have submitted many of the budgie-remix key packages to Debian and these are now available direct from the Yakkety repositories:

  • budgie-desktop,
  • Moka icon theme,
  • Faba icon theme,
  • arc-theme.

Similarly, Ubuntu has accepted our budgie-artwork and budgie-wallpaper (xenial) packages as well.

We look forward to working with the Ubuntu devs and hopefully our remaining packages of budgie-remix will be accepted in 17.04 – budgie-desktop-environment, budgie-welcome, budgie-wallpaper (yakkety) and arc-firefox-theme.

In the interim – these are available from the budgie-remix PPA:

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

 

budgie-remix 16.04.1 released


Actually we released last week but since this is my first Planet Ubuntu blog seems like an opportune moment 😉

Using the superb Budgie Desktop, we are pleased to follow the official Ubuntu and community flavour release cadence and offer up a new release incorporating the mass of updates since 16.04 in April. Download links are here.

Our first release was released immediately after 16.04 – built from scratch in less than two months!  This time,  16.04.1 is actually not just a standard point release though. We now build budgie-remix in an automated repeatable manner based on the iso-builder from the Elementary team.

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Sleeping beauty (above) is just part of a new selection of wallpapers – thanks to Jeremy Bicha for supporting and guiding us – this package has been submitted to the Ubuntu 16.10 proposed queue.

We’ve included the very latest budgie-desktop available (10.2.6) – the same package that I submitted to Debian, together with Moka, Faba and Arc-Theme packages (all submitted to Debian and now available in Stretch as well as Yakkety).

The budgie-remix team have developed for this release a welcome app to introduce new users to the desktop and offer advice to get the best out of the distro.

Screenshot of Budgie Remix Welcome App

All the remaining packages that make up budgie-remix have also been submitted for review.  The goal is to ensure all packages are in the Ubuntu repo’s … we aim to demonstrate that the budgie-remix team can support its software on an ongoing basis through official distribution procedures.  Maybe also in the future become an official community flavour 😉

David

budgie-remix project team lead

 

budgie-remix 16.04 is now out!


The budgie-remix team are proud to announce the 16.04 release of budgie-remix.

Built upon the superb 16.04 Ubuntu LTS package archive, this is our very first full release using the excellent budgie-desktop from the Solus Project team.

64bit and 32bit ISO’s are available as well as bittorrents for these ISO’s – remember to keep seeding please!

Captura de tela de 2016-04-20 08-33-08We have a fantastic and enthusiastic growing community on both Google+ and Reddit – thank you for supporting us through testing and providing valuable feedback.  Some pictures from the community are shown in this post. More details on our support-us page on how to help budgie-remix.

Screenshot from 2016-04-14 13-50-50The budgie-remix team has grown from just myself, to the irrepressible HEXcube, the on-the-ball SpotTech, the enthusiastic Ploctaux, eagle-eyed Foggalong and our newest design recruit udara-u3.  It has been a pleasure working with you all 🙂

Working with upstream guys like Horst3180, Ikey Doherty, Pinguy and others has been great.  Cheers!

2016-04-14-143643_1920x1080_scrotWe have come a long way in a very short time.

It doesn’t end here.  The team has lots of stuff lined up and we’ll announce these in the next days and weeks.  From the fantastic Solus Project team – we look forward to the forthcoming new releases of budgie-desktop this year and we’ll bring these updates to you our 16.04 members as soon as possible.

Moreover – we have lots of opportunities for you as well to get involved.  It is this part we are most excited about.  We need your help to achieve our number one goal – to become an official member of the Ubuntu family.  Please look out for these announcements and don’t be afraid to step forward!

Next step will be the 16.04.1 release of budgie-remix in approximately three months time.

Likewise we’ll be publishing our first alpha 16.10 builds in July, looking forward to the 16.10 release in October.

budgie-remix release candidate 1


As we march madly onwards towards the 16.04 release of budgie-remix, I’m pleased to announce our first release candidate.  Please grab these from our download site and give these a good workout.

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Have a look at the README – the known issues should be looked at.

Feedback any issues on our launchpad bug-tracker, discuss via our google+ and reddit communities.

As always – many thanks to the thousands of testers who have downloaded budgie-remix.

On behalf of the development team (Hexcube, Foggalong, Ploctaux, Spottech, myself) lets make one more push to make budgie-remix ready for the wider community.

cheers

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.

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  • 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.