budgie-remix 16.04.2 released

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It our pleasure to announce our next point release of our 16.04 edition.

This release builds on the shoulders of the fabulous Ubuntu 16.04.2.

budgie-remix 16.04.2 comes equipped with the HWE Kernel and X Graphics.  Appindicators are now the default. It also comes equipped with the latest budgie-welcome app to get you started quickly.  Lookout for our browser ballot screen allowing you to choose the best (in our opinion) supported web-browsers available for Ubuntu.

Budgie-desktop is the very latest v10.2.9 series and of course, much of the packages have been refreshed.

Our 16.04.2 edition is available in both 64bit and 32bit ISO form.  Torrents are also available.

Choose the edition that you need from our downloads page.

Please do appraise yourself of the README – important installation issues that we are aware of will be updated as and when we become aware of them.

… and before you ask – if you are already a budgie-remix 16.04 user just make sure you are fully up-to-date.  You do not have to reinstall.

If you are interested in installing the HWE kernel and graphics stack on your previously installed budgie-remix then open a terminal:

uname -a

If this says kernel 4.8 you are already running the HWE kernel

If the kernel is 4.4 then upgrade by running:

sudo apt install --install-recommends xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04

Obviously – if everything is working – then you should perhaps consider staying with the current 4.4 kernel – it is fully support by Canonical for the full five years of the LTS edition.

December news update

Hey everyone, it has been a little while since our last post so here are some latest news on what’s happening

Official Status

As you already know, we’ve acquired official status, marking another milestone in our distro development. Starting from 17.04 we will be using Ubuntu Budgie name, while older releases will keep the budgie-remix name in accordance with Ubuntu rules. At the moment, we’re currently updating a lot of stuff to prepare for first official release.

17.04 is turning out to be an exiting release – upstream kernel brings much needed AMD graphics changes, GCC 7 compiler changes = speed increases … all in all an exciting snappier release.

Team News

Udara has taken a break to deal with urgent issues. We thank him very much for all of his hard work! Thus we definitely need to fill his considerable ‘shoes’.

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The Ubuntu Budgie team are on the look out for a new member of the team as a graphics designer/artist.

The person needs to be be enthusiastic who loves to integrate and create innovative artwork at fairly short notice to fit and target single or multiple platforms – websites/newsletters/application artwork etc.

Interested? Go-on – its a great open-source opportunity! Contact us through our websites https://ubuntubudgie.org/contact and https://budgie-remix.org/support-us/ or come and have a chat in our community chat room – https://gitter.im/ubuntubudgie/community

New Website – ubuntubudgie.org

As you already noticed, we’ve updated our new ubuntubudgie.org website, making it faster and easier to use on variety of devices. Want to download Ubuntu Budgie from phone? You can! No more fighting with website when visiting various pages or posts. The website is fully responsive which results in better expereince for every user. If you encounter any bugs, or something weird, slow loading etc. please feel free to report it to us, so that we can fix it and provide awesome browsing experience for our users.

Once finished we’ll be repointing budgie-remix.org to our new website URL.

Budgie-Desktop v10.2.9

You should have all received upstream’s very latest maintenance release of budgie-desktop. According to the release notes, all efforts will now be expended on the v11 release. We don’t know the date but expect exciting news earlier rather than later next year!

10.2.9 has been sent to Debian for their consideration – once the review cycle has completed it will automatically appear in Ubuntu 17.04

Development

Application indicator has been improved most of the issues that were posted on the GitHub have been fixed. It looks and works better in both 16.04 and 16.10.
Applet color settings are now respected, whether you choose inbuilt theme with and without styling region, or if you are using another theme. AppIndicator Applet is now available in Debian and Zesty as well.

Currently, we’re working hard on next release, which will have a lot of different updates and fixes. We have successfully updated package names in Zesty from budgie-remix to Ubuntu Budgie. We’ve also been sponsored to upload our ubuntu-budgie-meta package which will allow us to produce ISO’s. Also, we’ve added some changes to Ubiquity slideshow and how it functions overall. A Pull request has been done for Canonical ISO builder – this has been accepted; this is the very last step – once Canonical devs push the “button” we will see automatically generate daily Ubuntu Budgie ISO’s for 17.04.

We’ve backported a patch from xenial to yakkety users which should result in budgie-desktop stability and far fewer crashes when installing or updating. The good news is that upstream are working hard with budgie v11 and a brand new menu system which will finally fix all the not-so-nice menu crash issues budgie-desktop currently has when running in Ubuntu.

Have a look at budgie-welcome – new is the beginnings of our browser ballot screen – you choose at the push of a button what browser you want. Eventually we will include out-of-tree browsers like Chrome and Vivaldi.

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Finally – in preview testing – is a remix of our remix! We will call this “budgie-remix fresh” and it is our ultimate hacker’s distro. A totally minimal package free install allowing you to customise everything about your installation. Out of the box 64bit weighs in at less than 220MB RAM usage. 32bit is less than 190MB! You are in control … we are certainly very interested in your creations – so let us know what you have created based on the fabulous budgie-desktop.
We intend to finalise this during the 17.04 cycle so we’ll have two ISO’s – a minimal fresh edition and the exciting new official release.

It’s official!

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The budgie-remix team is pleased to inform the community that the Ubuntu Technical Board has granted official community flavor status to our distro.  We are pleased to join and be part-of the superb  Ubuntu family.

Starting from today the distro will be known as Ubuntu Budgie.

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We now move full steam ahead and look forward to working with the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board to examine and work through the technical aspects. Working together will allow us to be adhere to community  standards that other flavors follow. 17.04 will be our first official release under the new name.

We have come a long way in a short time with our first 16.04 release – a major update at 16.04.1 as well as following and taking active part with the Ubuntu release cadence for 16.10.

So what does official flavor status mean? Apart from the obvious official build and hosting facilities – the new Ubuntu Budgie community will be able to take part and officially access help sites such as Ask Ubuntu, Ubuntu Forums, wiki.ubuntu.com, Launchpad.net and others. All of us will share an equal status in the wider Ubuntu family.

There is still lots of things to be done to successfully reach 17.04 Ubuntu Budgie release.  This is an opportunity for everyone to take an active part.  Changing from budgie-remix to Ubuntu Budgie is a massive job – software changes, packaging updates, merging updates upstream, testing the results.  We want everyone to come on-board.  Join us through all our social media channels and let us know how you can help.

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Don’t forget you can massively help us through Patreon and Paypal.  The donations go forward to help all developers who have directly or indirectly contributed their time and effort to budgie-remix and the future Ubuntu Budgie and to cover operational costs.  Without the open-source community Ubuntu Budgie wouldn’t be reality.

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Patreon is a great way to donate to us.  Alternatively, PayPal donations are also gratefully received.
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We would like to give huge thanks to 16.04 and 16.10 budgie-remix users for continuing to support us – we have exciting changes lined up over the next few months – chief among these will be budgie-desktop 11.  We aim to bring this exciting new desktop update as soon as possible.  16.04.2 in February ’17 will have all the very latest updates and of course 17.04 beckons.

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budgie-remix 16.10 released

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We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of our distro based on the solid 16.10 Ubuntu release.

This is our first release that follows Ubuntu release cycle – we have worked on getting closely aligned our alpha and two betas in the same manner as Ubuntu and the other official community flavours.

Based on 16.04.1 experiences, feedback and suggestions we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations:

  • Installation in any language – we ship with more language packs now which should mean a faster install time
  • Support for full disk encryption as well as home folder encryption
    Latest budgie-desktop v10.2.7 with various enhancements and fixes thanks to our friends from Solus
  • Latest Linux kernel 4.8.x
  • A whole bunch of GTK+3.22 GNOME applications
  • Latest version of LibreOffice suite apps – Writer, Calc and Impress
  • 16.10 Community Contest wallpapers – simply gorgeous backgrounds from our contest winners
  • Updated budgie-welcome helping you make the most of your new installation.
  • Option to switch between Arc based desktop to a material design desktop..
  • Release of our new default icon-set, Pocillo
  • A complete revision of the  desktop based applications – have fun with GNOME maps, GNOME weather, Geary (email client as requested by our community), stylish dark-themed and GNOME look and feel Rhythmbox and many others.

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For our laptop users – tlp and thermald are shipped by default – enjoy better battery life and keeping your laptop as cool as possible.

Have we sold you on this yet?!  We are excited – so grab the Download ISOs or Torrents and install.

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If you are planning to upgrade from budgie-remix 16.04.1 then we have a step-by-step guide for you to follow.

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We haven’t forgotten our 16.04.x users – be sure to look out for fixes coming in an update soon. We’ll be backporting the very latest budgie-desktop, budgie-welcome as well as our new Pocillo icon-set.


By donating, you are helping us continue budgie-remix development and improve it further down the road – Patreon and PayPal are great ways to say thanks!

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Patreon is a great way to donate to us.  Alternatively, PayPal donations are also gratefully received.

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budgie-remix 16.10 beta 2 is now available

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Howdy, budgie-remix users! We’re proud to announce another release of budgie-remix. This time, we’re publishing the beta 2 for the new budgie-remix based on Ubuntu 16.10. While this beta is not final release, it does contain most of the bug fixes and new features that you are going to see with budgie-remix 16.10 final release.

16.10 budgie-remix comes in both 64bit and 32bit ISO’s.  The final release will also include torrents. Download from our SourceForge repository – remember to check out the README for current issues that we are aware of that may affect your installation.

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If you have previously installed the alpha or beta 1 version of budgie-remix 16.10 we would ask you to please reinstall this beta 2 – this will allow us catch those last minute installation issues.

One of the most notable changes is the new Budgie Desktop version 10.2.7 update by our Solus friends. This new version of Budgie desktop comes with a much needed keyboard applet for users that need to easily switch between different layouts. All indicator applets are now consistent with each other (left clickable) and Raven launches appropriately when the notification applet is clicked. We have also included the super new volume applet that was developed after the main 10.2.7 release.

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Other issues that were fixed are:

  • A one-pixel line where the wallpaper would be visible when a program is maximized in multi-monitor setups has been resolved.
  • Budgie Menu gained a new option to let you open categories by rolling over them. This option is disabled by default, however one can enable it via the Roll-over mouse  option in the Budgie Menu applet settings.  Let us know your thoughts and if we should make this a default option.
  • Chrome apps should now be pinnable.
  • Fixed a crash in the workspaces applet for GTK 3.20.
  • Fixed the dreaded panel-applet-sort issue where sometimes one could see random sorting of the last couple applets on the panel.
  • End Session dialogs will now provide context-specific description and actions, such as Cancel and Logout on a Logout dialog.
  • Pin to Panel for items in the Icon Tasklist are now translatable.
  • Run Dialog will now quit after losing focus.

To find out more, visit Solus OS release info page.

Another thing that most of our users reported is the Moka icon theme compatibility with the desktop itself and the GTK+3.22 apps available in 16.10. This release fixes a lot of different issues with icons.

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Pocillo icon theme is coming !😃

This is one of the things that we had a lot of discussion about and why it is needed. While there are a lot other distros that use different icon themes, we feel that budgie-remix needs to be unique and have its own style to differentiate it from other linux distros. For 16.10, Pocillo file and folder icons blend in seamlessly with the gorgeous Arc theme. We’ll be expanding the icon theme in the near future to improve consistency with Moka and Arc.

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Every package has been redone, checked and verified by Debian and Ubuntu developers; all of the obsolete packages have been removed so that there is no more unnecessary bloat slowing down your system. Most of these packages are also available to download from Debian and Ubuntu repositories.

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Since this release is built upon the superb 16.10 foundations look out for the new linux 4.8.2 kernel as well as the various brand-new GTK+3.22 apps.

With this release, we’re moving forward to unifying Budgie DE experience with Ubuntu as a seamless desktop experience for both the new users and Linux veterans.


Any issues please raise on our bug-tracker.  Drop-by our community chat room to discuss your thoughts as well.

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After taking a bit of a breather over the summer holidays the team are back in full swing.

Fundraising

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We have had a substantial financial donation – thanks Felix!

We do need you to help us to remain a viable distro – so if you can afford the cost of just one of your favourite coffee in a month, please consider help us with a small donation.

Paypal is gratefully accepted – regular donors via Patreon would be great!  More details on our Support Us web-page.

Also we have opened a new team member opportunity – fundraiser.  We hope you can join.  Drop in to our Gitter community chatroom to discuss.

16.10 Alpha

We put together our 16.10 alpha – many thanks for all our testers.  The feedback has been valuable.

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Alpha to beta changes:

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  • Networking has been fixed – we now use the new Canonical Netplan configuration
  • Debian Wallpapers has been removed
  • The ISO can now be installed in all locales offered by the installer
  • The ISO comes with English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese for fast installation.  All other locales and languages are downloaded if required
  • The 16.10 Community Contest wallpapers have been included.
  • Plymouth now correctly displays “budgie-remix”
  • The ISO can now be installed via Ubuntu USB Creator
  • budgie-welcome has been updated to 0.3.10
  • budgie-welcome now launches the Ubuntu Installer when in “live-dvd/USB” mode
  • Rhythmbox defaults to the Arc dark theme – just gorgeous!
  • The spurious gnome-shell session available via the login screen has been removed.

Development

Unfortunately we have decided to drop (at least for 16.10) our change to a new greeter.  This is due to serious upstream issues affecting Debian and Ubuntu that have now (as yet) not been resolved.

We are pleased that more of the budgie-remix packages have now been made available directly from the Ubuntu Universe Repos.  We are nearly there with our aim to get all of the budgie-remix packages into the Ubuntu repositories – a prerequisite for our Official Community Flavour Status application to be considered by the Ubuntu Technical Board.

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Future Plans

We are exploring creating a new icon-theme that blends Moka with Arc themed icons – more news on this in the future hopefully … but to give you a flavour – a few Arc-coloured icons from various icon-themes and what we are currently considering for the Files folder icon.

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Shush … secret between you and the team …

Try https://ubuntubudgie.org … that website URL could be useful in the future 😉

Community co-ordinator Udara has opened a budgie-remix Facebook page.  Please drop-by, like us and share the page.  Its a great and easy way for budgie-remix to be promoted to the world 🙂

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16.10 Wallpaper Contest

Community – We are currently organizing a contest for the best wallpaper by community, so feel free to enter. You don’t have long – so visit our Flickr Wallpaper contest group and submit those pictures. Who knows, maybe your wallpaper will be the one of the few lucky ones to make it into the next budgie-remix release! 😊

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budgie-remix 16.04.1

budgie-remix 16.04.1 has been released and we’ve updated a lot of different components. Most of the bugs have been resolved, but if you encounter any new one, feel free to report it back.  Please spread the good news!

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Budgie Welcome app

Look out for the new Budgie Welcome app – it’s in your System Tools menu group.

Lots of updates have been made available since the 16.04.1 iso. For eg, panel resets is straightforward:


Previewing in the latest updates – switch your desktop from the clean and simple Arc theme to a gorgeous Material theme and icons. More on that in the next newsletter.
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New Improvements

We’ve updated the budgie-screenshot-applet which should work better than the previous version. We've also updated the Budgie desktop environment package, adding in a few recommendations.

  • nautilus-share: this makes samba sharing using GNOME Files file manager a snip
  • policy-desktop-privileges: you should notice a few areas where previously you needed to use sudo you no longer have to.
  • ppa-purge: a must for those using PPAs - allows you to remove and rollback PPA's easily
  • gnome-system-monitor: visual tool to help find out what is apps and processes are running.
  • bash-completion: must have package for those that use terminals alot
  • thermald: for newer Sandy Bridge based and later laptops your laptop should run much cooler now
  • acpi-support: support for various wireless scripts and hardware
  • gvfs-fuse: GNOME's virtual filesystem - various GNOME apps recognize and mounts filesystems automatically now

Due to GTK 3.20 not landing soon enough for updating the themes and testing it, we regret to inform you the budgie-remix 16.10 ISO release will be delayed a little.
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Tutorials

Checkout a couple of fascinating tutorials from our team member Udara Madubhshana:

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Upcoming New Website

The new budgie-remix website is ready for its debut in the following days. Optimized for both mobile and tablet devices, you can easily browse the website "on the go".
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New LightDM Greeter

A community member Ossian  Mapes has devised a great demo of a potential budgie-remix LightDM Greeter

Checkout the working demo.