Desktop: Code-name ‘Budgie’

Desktop: Code-name ‘Budgie’

Some people may now be wondering what we intend to use as the desktop environment in Evolve OS. If you’ve followed my recent Google+ posts, you may already know about the Budgie Desktop.

Budgie Desktop integrates with the GNOME stack, providing a powerful yet traditional desktop using modern techniques and technology. With a panel down the bottom of the screen, and a menu reminiscent of Cardapio, most users will feel at home instantly with the desktop.

The core components are as follows:

  • budgie-wm: This is a simple wrapper around libmutter, which is used by GNOME Shell. We use it to manage our windows, customize animations and provide a wallpaper of your choice.
  • budgie-panel: A traditional panel that currently sits at the bottom of the screen. Future versions will enable users to use 3rd party plugins to extend their panel experience to suit their needs.
  • budgie-session: Simply bootstraps the components of the desktop to get you working straight away. Does nothing more than launch gnome-settings-daemon, the window manager and the panel.

If you’re interested in checking out the code (which is written in C), please check out the GitHub page

Screenshot from 2013-12-14 13:18:50


  1. Dave Price
    December 14, 2013 19:04

    Ikey rides again. yehaa.

    • ikeydoherty
      December 14, 2013 19:57

      Nice to see you here @disqus_NyEO1FSncO:disqus, and you claim credit as the first person to comment 🙂

  2. Maik Adamietz
    December 14, 2013 22:14

    Bookmarked this site and will keep following it for sure. Welcome back Ikey with this new project and keep on rocking! 🙂

    • ikeydoherty
      December 14, 2013 22:16

      Thanks @maikadamietz:disqus, good to have you here 🙂

  3. Alberto
    December 16, 2013 00:23

    Eres un genio, me gustaría ayudarte traduciendo lo que quieras al español!

  4. Gaj
    December 16, 2013 23:16

    I hope you can recreate aero glass-like window decorations for budgie desktop as I saw in a mockup on Mr Doherty’s Google+ page. It’s really lovely and in aero, the glass effects move with the position on desktop. It would be awesome if someone can bring such a beautiful window deco on linux.

    • Leor
      January 26, 2014 22:35

      You mean the Plasma from KDE?

  5. December 20, 2013 11:16

    The wallpaper from Elementary OS is great.

  6. petrochemicals
    December 21, 2013 10:25

    Plase please please have a working menu editor.

  7. Marco Antonio
    December 28, 2013 19:17

    I’ve been following your work since SolusOS Eveline 1.1, then 1.3 and kept waiting for ver. 2.0, I think you’ve done a great work so far, and surely you will again with this new project. I wish this new solution could support compiz or at least desktop effects like wobbly windows and so on. I also wish you will find all the neccessary resources (people for example) to accomplish all the goals of the project. I talked to a friend lately that told me that achieving critical mass is a challenge for all emerging distros, and it seems that SolusOS did not make it. If you need someone to translate from english to spanish I am a volunteer. Keep up the good work. Best regards.

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