Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is an official community flavor of Ubuntu featuring the Budgie desktop. It combines the stable and thoroughly-tested Ubuntu core with a modern, lightweight and traditional-looking desktop developed by the Solus project.

Ubuntu Budgie
DeveloperUbuntu Budgie Team
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source (with some exceptions)[1]
Initial release25 April 2016 (5 years ago) (2016-04-25) as unofficial Ubuntu flavour;
16 November 2016 (4 years ago) (2016-11-16) as an official Ubuntu flavour
Latest releaseUbuntu Budgie 21.04 / 22 April 2021 (13 days ago) (2021-04-22)
Marketing targetPersonal computers
Update methodAPT (Software Updater, GNOME Software)
Package managerdpkg, Snappy
Platformsx86-64; IA-32
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceBudgie
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websiteubuntubudgie.org

The latest release is 21.04, released on April 22, 2021.[2]


Ubuntu Budgie started out as an unofficial community flavor in parallel with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, referred to as budgie-remix.[3] Budgie-remix 16.10 was later released by strictly following the time frame issued for Ubuntu 16.10.[4]

It was eventually recognized as an official community flavor of Ubuntu, and was rebranded as Ubuntu Budgie.[5]

Vincenzo Bovino was hired as the new brand and PR Manager.[6]

Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 was released in April 2017,[7] and was updated to version 17.10 in October 2017.[8]

In Ubuntu Budgie 18.10, 32-bit support has been dropped.[9] 32-bit support has also been dropped in Ubuntu MATE.


Current release Release no longer supported Release still supported Future release
Version Codename Release date Supported until Remarks Kernel version[10]
16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus 2016-04-25[11] 2018-08[12] First release, branded budgie-remix 4.10 (16.04.3)
16.10 Yakkety Yak 2016-10-16[13] 2017-07- 20[14] 4.8
17.04 Zesty Zapus 2017-04-11[15] 2018-01 First release after rename to Ubuntu Budgie following recognition as an official Ubuntu flavor 4.10
17.10 Artful Aardvark 2017-10-19[16] 2018-07 4.13
17.10.1 2018-01-12[17] Re-release due to the original Ubuntu 17.10 ISOs getting pulled due to a bug that messed up some BIOSes
18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver 2018-04-26[18] 2021-04[19] First Long-term-support release as an official Ubuntu flavor 4.15
19.04 Disco Dingo 2019-04-18[20] 2020-01[21] Better graphics support with Mesa 19.0 5.0.0-13
19.10 Eoan Ermine 2019-10-17 2020-07
20.04 LTS Focal Fossa 2020-04-23 2023-04
20.10 Groovy Gorilla 2020-10-22 2021-07
21.04 Hirsute Hippo 2021-04-22 2022-01

budgie-remix 16.04Edit

budgie-remix 16.04 was released on April 25, 2016, four days after the release of Ubuntu 16.04.[26][27]

The system contains Budgie Desktop 10.2.5. Has a window manager based on Mutter, a customizable panel, notification center settings. The Arc-GTK+ theme is used. Compared to Ubuntu 16.04, budgie-remix has Nautilus version 3.18, as at that time Ubuntu had a version of Nautilus 3.14. Also has a dock-panel Plank version 0.11.1, gedit version 3.18, GNOME 3.18 photos, gThumb 3.4.3, Rhythmbox 3.3, Totem 3.18, GNOME Terminal 3.18, LibreOffice 5.1.2, Mozilla Firefox 45.0, Transmission 2.84, GTK+ 3.18.9, Mesa 11.2.0, XOrg 1.18.3 and the Linux kernel 4.4.0.

budgie-remix 16.10Edit

budgie-remix 16.10 was released on October 16, 2016, three days after the release of Ubuntu 16.10.[28][29][30]

The system contains a shell Budgie Desktop 10.2.7, GTK+ 3.22, the Linux kernel 4.8. There are many new features implemented in this version, such as full disk encryption, home folder encryption, and support for multiple languages during installation. Has the theme of design Arc GTK+, a new theme icons Pocillo.

One of the developers of budgie-remix, David Mohammed, says:

This is our first release that follows the release cycle of Ubuntu - we worked to closely link our alpha and two beta versions in the same way as Ubuntu and other official communities. Based on the impressions of 16.04.1, the feedback and suggestions we received from our users, the new release comes with many new features, fixes and optimization.[citation needed]

Ubuntu Budgie 17.04Edit

Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 was released on April 19, 2017.[31][32] budgie-remix was renamed to this name after the distribution became official for the Ubuntu community.

The system contains the Budgie Desktop 10.2.9 shell, the Linux 4.10 kernel, Mesa 17.0.3, Xorg 1.19.3. Budgie-Welcome application was updated, support for application indicator appeared, sound applets were managed, GNOME 3.24 applications were enabled, GNOME Terminal was replaced with Termix and Chromium replaced Google Chrome , and GTK+ theme support for Qt was enabled. Use the theme of the design Arc GTK+, the theme of the icons Moka.

In the record about the release of this version, it was written as follows:

A significant part of this development cycle was spent on integration with the Canonical assembly system. The key visible integration elements were the Plymouth settings, which used Ubiquity installer, processing packages to remove the identities of "budgie-remix" and replaced with the renewed identity of "Ubuntu Budgie".

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10Edit

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 was released on October 19, 2017.[33][34][35]

The system contains the Budgie Desktop 10.4 shell, the Linux 4.13 kernel. The Budgie 10.4 desktop environment is equipped with a set of native features that include a new stylish Alt-Tab, support for Spotify in Raven, support for switching window controls to the left or right, support for SMB files and encrypted volumes through the addition of applets and supports customizing the appearance of dates and times. In addition, there is support for left or right side panels in Budgie Desktop 10.4, support for converting panels in the dock, transparency and dynamic auto-image for all panels, and the ability to replenish the bottom panel to work without a terrible "jump" effect. Other noteworthy improvements in the release of Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 include Night Light and Caffeine tools, Tilix as the default terminal emulator instead of Termix, as well as support for Tilix Quake mode with the F12 key, updated panel icons and new wallpapers.

On December 20, 2017, Canonical withdrew the Ubuntu 17.10 distribution in October and hid the link on the site for downloading. The reason was a critical bug with BIOS damage on some Lenovo notebook models and one Acer model.[36]

On January 12, 2018, version 17.10.1 was released, which contained the correction of a serious problem in version 17.10.[17]

Ubuntu Budgie 18.04Edit

Ubuntu Budgie was released on April 26, 2018.[37][38][39][40][41]

The system includes the Linux 4.15 kernel. It became possible to install OpenVNC through network-manager. New applets have appeared, such as Quick Note for notes, DropBy for downloading and viewing data from USB devices, Hot Corners for moving windows to the corner of the screen, Windowpreviews for viewing open windows, Clockworks for viewing some time zones, Autoswitch for tying the keyboard layout to the application, Window Mover in order to quickly move the window to another virtual desktop. All GNOME applications have been updated to version 3.28, but Nautilus has version 3.26.


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