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Is there any way install budgie desktop environment on Ubuntu and is it safe to install it?

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Budgie desktop can be installed with a PPA since a few days. It is still a beta so expect bugs and non-functional features.

Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Evolve OS Linux Distribution, and is an Evolve OS project. Designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance. A huge advantage for the Budgie desktop is that it is not a fork of another project, but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind.

The Budgie Desktop tightly integrates with the GNOME stack, employing underlying technologies to offer an alternative desktop experience. In the spirit of open source, the project is compatible with and available for other Linux distributions.

Also note that Budgie can now emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, optionally, via a setting in the panel preferences. An example of this is shown in a screenshot further down.

Features in the 0.8 release

IconTasklist: Add pinning support
IconTasklist: Use .desktop files for quicklists
IconTasklist: Use .desktop files for icon resolution
IconTasklist: Support “attention” hint (blue blink)
Panel: Support dark theme (used by default)
Add Menubar applet
Panel: Initial autohide support (manual, not automatic)
Panel: Support shadow onall screen edges
Panel: Dynamic support for gnome panel theming
RunDialog: Complete visual refresh (bootiful)
BudgieMenu: Add compact mode, use by default
BudgieMenu: Sort items by usage
BudgieMenu: Remove old power option
Editor: Add all menu options to UI
Support from GNOME 3.10 up to 3.16 (unreleased, git)
wm: Kill workspace animation (resolve after v8)
wm: Better animations for changing of wallpapers


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:evolve-os/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Important information

  • Budgie released version 0.8 so it is still in development and a beta.
  • No nnative network management; can be fixed by using Ubuntu's applet.
  • Budgie is intended for the Evolve OS so even with this PPA it might be buggy.
  • GNOME themes work better than the native Ubuntu themes.
  • Ubuntu’s overlay scrollbars are not working.

  • If you want to read more visit the Evolve OS website.

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You can build budgie desktop from source yourself

sudo apt-get install build-essential gnome-common gobject-introspection libglib2.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libpulse-dev libpulse-mainloop-glib0 libmutter-dev libwnck-3-dev libupower-glib-dev libgnome-menu-3-dev libc6-dev
git clone
cd budgie-desktop
sudo make install

If you are using Ubuntu 14.04, you can try my unofficial budgie desktop PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sukso96100/budgie-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

(Update-2014.11.09)You can now use Budgie Desktop Offcial PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:evolve-os/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop
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The PPA is really useful to test the desktop. Unfortunately, it contains bugs that makes is unusable. Anyway, awesome work... I think it will be a great project. – Ionică Bizău Jun 30 '14 at 12:01
@sukso Is there any PPA for Ubuntu 15.10 or should i build it for myself from the sources? – kisanme Dec 28 '15 at 16:49
@kisanme - – fossfreedom Feb 18 at 16:14

15.10 and 16.04

Currently there are no official PPA's or other repositories for the latest version of Budgie (as of writing v10.2.3)

Thus I've created my own PPA. Its for 32bit & 64bit users of Ubuntu versions 15.10 & 16.04

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

Logout and login to the budgie-desktop

enter image description here

I've bundled this with the moka icon-set and arc-theme since these are the defaults for SolusOS the distro that budgie-desktop has been developed for.

Bug reports go to the project issues page

source for this is my blog

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I've installed budgie-desktop on Ubuntu 15.10 64bit in a vmware virtual machine, and the vm booted into a black screen. – Windoze Feb 25 at 14:01
@Windoze - this works in a virtualbox VM. I haven't tested with vmware - you'll need to have a look at the various vmware options (3D Host config for example) to see if this resolves your issue. – fossfreedom Feb 25 at 19:34

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