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Desktop: Code-Name Budgie

Ikey Doherty / Solus Project Founder and Lead Developer December 14, 2013 in and News

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

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