Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Try Different Desktops – Part 16


The Budgie Desktop is a modern desktop designed to keep out the way of the user. The desktop focuses on simplicity and elegance. It provides a traditional desktop metaphor based interface using customisable panel based menu driven system. Budgie-Desktop is written from scratch using many GNOME based sub-systems such as GNOME-Session and Mutter.

Before we start, open up a Terminal and make sure your system is up-to-date with the command:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

We can install Budgie with the command:

$ sudo apt install budgie-desktop

This package installs the minimal GNOME based package-set together with the key budgie-desktop packages to produce a working desktop environment. It installs 8 packages including budgie-core. It’s a download just over 1 MB and uses nearly 6 MB of additional disk space.

We also suggest you install budgie-extras-common which provides applets for the desktop.

$ sudo apt install budgie-extras-common

Here’s an image of the Budgie Desktop in action.

Linux for Starters - Budgie Desktop
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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – KDE Plasma 5
Page 3 – XFCE
Page 4 – MATE
Page 5 – Budgie

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.
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