Budgie (desktop environment)

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Original author(s)Ikey Doherty, Solus Project
Developer(s)Buddies of Budgie team
Initial releaseDecember 7, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-12-07)
Stable release
10.6.4[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 30 August 2022; 3 months ago (30 August 2022)
Written inC, Vala
Operating systemUnix-like
Available inMultilingual
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGNU LGPLv2.1 for libraries, GNU GPLv2 for binaries

Budgie is a desktop environment that currently uses GNOME technologies such as GTK (> 3.x) and is developed by contributors from numerous communities such as Solus, Arch Linux, Manjaro, openSUSE Tumbleweed and Ubuntu Budgie. Budgie's design emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and elegance. The GTK library used for all releases up to Budgie 10 will be replaced with the Enlightenment Foundation Library (EFL) for the upcoming Budgie 11 release.[2][3]

Budgie (desktop environment) v10.4


Budgie was initially developed as the default desktop environment for the Evolve OS Linux distribution. After the name change of Evolve OS to Solus,[4] development of Budgie accelerated.

Early versions of Budgie were slow and prone to crashes.[5] Speed and reliability have improved with successive releases.[6]

Budgie v1 was released on February 18, 2014, and v10 on December 27, 2015. The versioning scheme since changed, with the current release being 10.6.4

On September 14, 2021, the Solus project announced that the upcoming Budgie 11 release will no longer be written in GTK, due to unsolvable disagreements with the GNOME team. Default GNOME software will also be replaced in the future Budgie Edition of Solus.[2]

On January 1, 2022, the lead developer of Budgie resigned from Solus[7] and established a new organization for Budgie development with other active contributors. Under this new organization, Budgie development shifted from being focused on Solus to being focused on improving the experience across all distributions that ship Budgie. The first release under this new organization was v10.6, released on March 6, 2022.[8]

Additional components[edit]

Budgie Desktop View[edit]

Budgie Desktop View is a software component meant to provide desktop icons within Budgie.[9] Budgie Desktop View is implemented in Vala, and uses GTK 3 for widgets. The source code is available under the Apache License 2.0.

Budgie Control Center[edit]

Budgie Control Center is a fork of GNOME Control Center with Budgie-specific settings and features, and is the standard settings application for Budgie.[10] Budgie Control Center is implemented in C, and uses GTK 3 and libhandy for widgets. The source code is available under the GNU GPLv2.


Distribution Since version Since date Official support Notes
Arch Linux March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) Yes
Debian 9 "stretch" June 17, 2017 (2017-06-17) Yes
EndeavourOS Yes Uses Arch Linux repositories
GeckoLinux Yes Uses openSUSE repositories
Manjaro November 2015 (2015-11) Yes[11]
openSUSE Leap 15.0 May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25) Yes[12]
Solus EvolveOS Alpha 1[13] July 6, 2014 (2014-07-06) Yes
TuxedoOS Yes[14]
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25) Yes[15] As Ubuntu Budgie, originally budgie-remix
Void Linux October 9, 2016 (2016-10-09) Yes[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Budgie 10.6.4 Released"; author name string: Joshua Strobl; publication date: 30 August 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Building an Alternative Ecosystem". joshuastrobl.com.
  3. ^ Darkcrizt (2021-09-24). "Budgie Desktop migrates from GTK to EFL from Enlightenment project". Linux Adictos. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  4. ^ "Branding". Solus Project. Archived from the original on 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  5. ^ Ljubuncic, Igor [Dedoimedo] (February 21, 2015). "Budgie desktop—a new kid on the block". OCS-Mag (Open Content & Software Magazine). Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  6. ^ Ljubuncic, Igor [Dedoimedo] (August 31, 2017). "Budgie desktop—you shall not pass!". OCS-Mag (Open Content & Software Magazine). Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  7. ^ "Trouble in Solus Linux land as their Experience Lead quits". gamingonlinux.com.
  8. ^ "Budgie 10.6 Released". Buddies Of Budgie. 2022-03-06. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  9. ^ Budgie Desktop View, Buddies of Budgie, 2022-03-07, retrieved 2022-04-17
  10. ^ Budgie Control Center, Buddies of Budgie, 2022-02-17, retrieved 2022-04-17
  11. ^ "Budgie/en". Manjaro. 2021-09-05. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  12. ^ "Portal:Budgie - openSUSE Wiki". en.opensuse.org. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  13. ^ Doherty, Ikey. "Evolve OS Alpha 1 Released". Solus. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  14. ^ "Which Linux OS is right for me?".
  15. ^ "UbuntuFlavors - Ubuntu Wiki". wiki.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  16. ^ "void-packages/srcpkgs/budgie-desktop at master · voidlinux/void-packages · GitHub". GitHub. Archived from the original on 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-25.

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