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.
Step 4) Hit <enter> to begin Ubuntu Budgie installation.
Step 5) Use Up/Down arrow keys and select “lightdm” as the default display manager.
Step 6) Press <enter> to accept OK.
Step 7) Use <arrow> keys and “No configuration” for now. You can configure your email client later on. Press <tab> to select <OK>.
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.
Enjoy your brand new Ubuntu Budgie desktop!