Install Budgie Desktop 10.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 17.04

April 27, 2017

The Budgie desktop environment 10.3 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and/or Ubuntu 17.04.

The Ubuntu Budgie team announced the release of Budgie 10.3 as the final release of the 10.x series. And the Qt 5-based Budgie Desktop 11 is now under development.

Budgie 10.3 features:

  • Supports the downloading of artwork for the MprisClient.
  • New and improved Alt-Tab keyboard app switcher.
  • Adds a couple of customization options for the Clock Applet.
  • Option to choose a left or right window button layout.
  • Various Budgie applets bug fixes and more.

How to Install Budgie 10.3 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 & Ubuntu 16.10:

The budgie-remix PPA contains the Budgie Desktop 10.3 for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit enter.

2. Then check updates and install the desktop environment via commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

3. After that, you may remove the PPA repository because it contains a newer version of Nautilus for Ubuntu 16.04. To do so, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

For Ubuntu 17.04:

For Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty, the backports PPA is available.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports

2. Then check updates and install the desktop via commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

Once installed, log out and choose log in back with Budgie.

Uninstall:

To remove the Budgie desktop environment, simply run following command in terminal:

sudo apt remove budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet && sudo apt autoremove

To remove the PPAs, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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