Install Budgie Desktop 3.0 on Ubuntu 14.04

Budgie Desktop is a lightweight GTK3 desktop session using libmutter and a bottom panel. It’s the default desktop environment for Evolve OS, a new desktop Linux distribution recently released. I have written an article on how to install Evolve OS Alpha 1 with Budgie Desktop on VirtualBox


As noted by the author, the reference wayland compositor, Weston, has a few problems that will cause major headaches for budgie:

  • Cannot determine own X and Y position (panel)
  • Cannot actually set X and Y (panel), so will hack Mutter to use gravity, private protocol
  • Wayland doesn’t agree with things like wnck. So asking for the list of windows and events isn’t possible, meaning you can’t actually have a tasklist. Unless its in-process (Mutter/Weston/etc). Which I’m not going to support. So it’ll have to be an XDG protocol or some such

Budgie Desktop integrates with the GNOME stack, and as such requires certain components to operate correctly. For Ubuntu users, it is highly likely your theme or Ubuntu setup can affect the usability of budgie-panel.

Install Budgie Desktop 

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:sukso96100/budgie-desktop

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

– Logoff , select Budgie Desktop session and log back in

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You will notice that when you click on any menu, nothing happens. To fix this, run the command below to disable overlay scrollbars. You have to switch back to GNOME desktop and run it before switching back to Budgie

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal


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