How to install Budgie desktop on Ubuntu 17.10

Enjoy Solus OS in your current Ubuntu installation!

GNOME and KDE are two very well known desktop environments for Linux. Unity desktop spun off from GNOME and made its debut with Ubuntu 10.10, roughly 8 years ago, but due to poor execution and planning, the project got axed. Ubuntu 17.10 came packaged with GNOME as its default desktop environment. Recently, a new player is in the industry, which seems like have a promising future according to me.

Budgie desktop environment is one of the wonderful contributions of Solus team and several other contributors to the Linux community. It is developed from scratch, and uses technologies similar to GNOME such as GTK+. The desktop looks modern, polished, and very light-weight.

Installing Budgie in Ubuntu 17.10

You can install Budgie in Ubuntu 17.10 and still preserve Wayland and Xorg video server logins as well. This is the greatness of desktop environments – you got to experience Solus in Ubuntu!

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following command to update your computer first.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2) Use the following command to install Budgie.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

Step 3) Pay attention to the Terminal and enter ‘Y’ when prompted.

Installing Ubuntu Budgie
Installing Ubuntu Budgie

Step 4) Hit <enter> to begin Ubuntu Budgie installation.

Installing Ubuntu Budgie
Installing Ubuntu Budgie

Step 5) Use Up/Down arrow keys and select “lightdm” as the default display manager.

Select lightdm
Select lightdm

Step 6) Press <enter> to accept OK.

Mail Server Configuration
Mail Server Configuration

Step 7) Use <arrow> keys and “No configuration” for now. You can configure your email client later on. Press <tab> to select <OK>.

Mail Configuration Options
Mail Configuration Options

Step 8) Restart your computer for new desktop environment to take into effect.

Step 9) Ubuntu Budgie will be set as default display driver. You can change it anytime while logging in. Click the Budgie icon to get more options.

Ubuntu 17.10 Budgie Login
Ubuntu 17.10 Budgie Login

Additional Login Options
Additional Login Options

Enjoy your brand new Ubuntu Budgie desktop!

Ubuntu 17.10 running Budgie Desktop
Ubuntu 17.10 on Budgie Desktop

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!


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