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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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The creator of it does not use Ubuntu and is not capable to create packages for it.

In The Unstable Stable

Now for the disappointing bit. As elegant as this project looks it is, code-wise, still early days. Work on adding/integrating additional features, such as a notification system and way to ‘pin’ apps to the panel, are on the roadmap. Basic network and polkit support are two items due in version 3, which is set to arrive alongside the first alpha of Evolve OS.

Sadly getting Budgie up and running on any version of Ubuntu is going to require manual compiling of the code. A unofficial PPA has been created on Launchpad but, as of writing, remains empty.

To complicate things further, the DE uses systemd to perform shutdown and reboot operations. Ubuntu utilises Upstart. Should you manage to get it up and running you will be limited in performing those actions.

The good news is that Budgie, as it exists right now, can run on GNOME 3.10 which is available from the Software Centre in Ubuntu 13.10 and later. But Ikey, not being an Ubuntu-based developer, isn’t able to package it up.

The launchpad page related to budgie is still empty.

So the answer for now: no.

If anyone is willing and capable helping getting this into Ubuntu: see the mail address here

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So if I install Gnome will I be able to get budgie? –  Ritik Jun 7 at 18:38
What is systemd? –  Ritik Jun 7 at 18:41
So it might not be safe to install budgie? –  Ritik Jun 7 at 18:44
I do install a lot of desktop environments but I am new to Linux. So do you recommend installing it? And thanks for your help! –  Ritik Jun 7 at 18:48
I can not answer that for you ;) If you really want it go for it but do us all a favor and take notes and publish them. –  Rinzwind Jun 7 at 19:37

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 https://github.com/evolve-os/budgie-desktop.git
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
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But will it be stable? Is it safe to try it? –  Ritik Jun 22 at 15:42
Budgie Desktop ifself isn't stable yet it needs many improvements –  sukso Jun 23 at 10:12
@Ritik Trying Budgie Desktop is safe to try it. but it has lack of features so it needs many improvements. –  sukso Jun 24 at 14:25
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 at 12:01

Here is a link to omgubuntu article - Link

Note: I have tried the ppa provided by @sukso, but the window manager doesn't seem to work for me.

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I did try out Budgie Desktop Environment, and here are a few notes I would like to make:-

1) It is currently too unstable. Bordering on unusable.

2) No applications open when I am on Budgie desktop. If I click on the appliction icon from it's menu, nothing happens.

3) It is difficult to logout. When I log out, and choose a separete DE, it agains starts Budgie. I have to reboot for the change to take place.

That's all! That's the experience I had with Budgie.

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