Installing budgie-desktop via PPA


Installing the latest budgie-desktop is now possible via a PPA.  No more compiling code!

With a lots of googling I’ve managed to create a PPA that works for both 15.10 and 16.04 users.  Its 64bit only – but come on –  are you really using such old equipment that cannot run 64bit stuff?! EDIT: 18Feb’16 – both 32bit and 64bit packages are now available!

xubuntu (before rhythmbox 3.3) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_120

Its as easy as:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/budgie-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Then logout and login to budgie.

ubuntu xenial (before library install) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_104

To get the best results I’ve bundled the moka iconset from the moka team and the arc-theme from Noobslab.

Don’t worry if you’ve already got those PPA’s and packages installed – since the packages are the same name there will be no clashes.

Use Raven and change to Arc-Dark and the Moka iconset.

xenial2 (before compile) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox_121

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New Rhythmbox 3.3 release for Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10


The official GTK 3.18 release of the Gnome stack of software was last september … but most unusually Rhythmbox never featured with a new release.

Well its here – and its now available for 14.04 (trusty), 15.04 (vivid) and 15.10 (wily) users.

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(screenshot taken with rhythmbox 3.3 + my alternative-toolbar plugin)

Thanks to the key Rhythmbox maintainer Jonathan Matthew we have a good release that fixes a whole bunch of crashers and gives us new automatic Android compatibility.

TIP – if you are going to sync to an external card on you phone – rename your “Music” folder on the internal storage, create a “Music” folder at the top-level of your external card. Launch rhythmbox. Using the new android capability, you can automatically find and sync with the Music folder on your external card.

This version contains the following:

Overview of changes in Rhythmbox 3.3

  • New plugin supporting Android devices via gvfs-mtp
  • Encoding settings are now configurable per device type
  • Encoding settings can force lossless files to be transcoded

Bugs fixed:

733830 While extracting music from CDs, information in the “Year” field is lost
748857 Typos in documentation
749015 audioscrobbler: Fix displaying icon for libre.fm
751265 JSON import errors
751630 Sync Preferences Missing
751961 iradio: remove Radio GFM
752433 [PATCH] data: Add various mod files as supported MIME types
753359 Don’t handle RTL icons manually for GTK+ >= 3.12
753767 error: conflicting types for ‘rhythmdb_metadata_cache_purge’
755881 crash when adding files found during startup scan
756992 hangs after handling mod/xm/it (modplug) file when crossfade is enabled
757225 Freezing with crossfade backend and Pulseaudio with GStreamer 1.6.x
760192 commit 85c185d breaks compilation with -Wl,-as-needed
761030 Album-Art caching issue

Stock Ubuntu 14.04 users should definitely benefit for 24+ months worth of bug-fixes and refinements. Note – upstream has bumped the minimum GTK version above that found in Trusty … but don’t worry I’ve backed out those changes – you guys and girls aren’t missing anything vital!

We are not past Debian package import freeze to 16.04 so I expect Debian will upload v3.3 soon and this will make it into 16.04 proper.  Thus, I’ve not this time produced a build for 16.04 users … but may do so with future rhythmbox releases.

If you are looking to have the latest, I’ve packaged this together and is now available in my Rhythmbox PPA. This PPA contains the existing Ubuntu patchwork – hide on close, support for local and global menu etc. N.B. – I tend to update my PPA as and when I’m investigating what is new in upstream Rhythmbox.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Note: sometimes the upgrade doesn’t quite work.  If you get a segmentation fault repeatedly on startup then uninstall and reinstall rhythmbox

sudo apt-get purge rhythmbox rhythmbox-plugins rhythmbox-data librhythmbox-core9
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

Grilo is supported just enable the plugin found in the Plugins menu – this will give you the new media sources in Rhythmbox – the key being Jamendo – Royalty free music is just a click away. You also get UPnP & DLNA support as well.

Wily 15.10 PPAs ready for testing


Quick update for all Wily Ubuntu (15.10) testers.

The following PPAs that I maintain have had updates to cover the forthcoming 15.10 release later this month.  Please have a look and report any issues.

System Monitor Application Indicator:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/indicator_sysmonitor

More information about this release is here.  If you find any issues please report them on the project tracker.

Rhythmbox Plugins:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins

Information about all the plugins can be found here.  If you find any issues drop a comment and I’ll try to help.

Rhythmbox (latest sources upstream pending the expected new release soon):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox

If you find any issues please file a bug-report on bugzilla.


Separately, my rhythmbox plugin alternative-toolbar has been updated to v0.13.3.  In this release is the latest translations.  Dont forget – please help out by translating this plugin as well as coverart-browser and coverart-search-providers.