Install budgie desktop 10.2.3 on Ubuntu 15.10 and 16.04

The latest version of budgie-desktop v10.2.3 is now available.  Instructions below allow you to install this on Ubuntu 15.10 & 16.04.

Note – I’ve tried to create a PPA for this but budgie just doesnt want to be debianized for me ūüė¶ ¬†EDIT (15 Feb 2016): Solved – PPA is now available)

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

First what’s new.

  1. Raven autohides. Raven now disappears when another window is displayed.  Very useful and it greatly improves your workflow.
  2. Multi-battery icon.  If your laptop has more than one battery, the power for each is now displayed
  3. The start button icon change. ¬†Perceived as “ugly” there is a new start button icon
  4. Theme fixes.  Various issues around the theme and displaying windows and dialogs have been fixed.
  5. Popovers.  Popover (popup) windows are correctly displayed with shadows.
  6. Tasklist display.  The ugly dotted line around apps that were is focus has been removed.
  7. Raven more compact: better use of descriptions makes Raven look much better
  8. … and lots of crash fixes make for a more stable desktop-environment

Install budgie-desktop 10.2.3

sudo apt-get -y install libglib2.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libpeas-dev libpulse-dev libgnome-desktop-dev libmutter-dev libgnome-menu-3-dev libwnck-dev libupower-glib-dev libtool valac uuid-dev libgnome-desktop-3-dev gsettings-desktop-schemas-dev intltool libwnck-3-dev libpolkit-agent-1-dev libpolkit-gobject-1-dev gtk-doc-tools


tar -xvf budgie-desktop-10.2.3.tar.xz
cd budgie-desktop-10.2.3
./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib
sudo make install

sudo apt-get -y install mutter gnome-settings-daemon gnome-control-center gnome-shell-common gnome-themes-standard-data gnome-session


Ambiance isnt a good fit for budgie.  My suggestion is to use Arc

sudo apt-get install git
git clone --depth 1 && cd arc-theme
./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Use gnome-tweak-tool to change the theme – or logout and login again and change the theme in Raven

Also remember to use gnome-tweak-tool and change to using “Global Dark Theme”

Moka Icon Theme

The ubuntu icon theme really doesn’t work with budgie-desktop. ¬†Adwaita is much better.

Personally I would use moka:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme