How to Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8

Budgie is a desktop environment that is free and open-source that uses GNOME technologies such as GTK (> 3.x) and is developed by the Solus project, which also contributes to its design through contributors from numerous communities, including Arch Linux; Manjaro; openSUSE Tumbleweed – among others.

For users seeking an alternative to GNOME that is lightweight and sleek with a simple UI instead of focusing on eye candy, then Budgie is worth checking out.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

Update AlmaLinux System

Update your AlmaLinux operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install EPEL Repository

The first task is to install the EPEL (Extra Package for Enterprise Linux) repository. This repository has packages maintained on Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL).

Open your terminal, and use the following command.

sudo dnf install epel-release -y

Enable Power Tools Repository

The second task before installing Budgie is to enable the power tools repository. This allows the use of your standard Linux package management tools, yum for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and zypper for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, to automatically install the packages you need in the order that is required by the system.

In your terminal, copy and use the following command.

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled powertools

Now proceed to the next part of the tutorial and install Budgie Desktop.

Install Budgie Desktop Environment

First, you need to enable a couple of copr repositories, which are stenstorp/budgie-dependencies and stenstorp/budgie.

Enable Budgie Dependencies:

sudo dnf copr enable stenstorp/budgie-dependencies

Enable Budgie Repository:

sudo dnf copr enable stenstorp/budgie

Install Budgie:

sudo dnf install budgie-desktop budgie-extras nautilus gnome-terminal gnome-system-monitor arc-theme arc-icon-theme gedit -y

Once complete, reboot your system, which you can do immediately in your terminal using the following command.


Login & First Look Budgie Desktop Environment

Once you have restarted your desktop, you will arrive at your login screen. By default, Budgie Desktop Environment is not enabled.

Click on the CLOG next to the sign-in button and change to “Budgie Desktop” to enable Budgie.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8

Once logged in, you will notice a fundamental, straightforward desktop environment that suits users who want less bloat and features with a lighter system.

I would advise changing the default colors to go to your themes/wallpaper as the default colors are not that pretty.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8

Some additional looks of Budgie in action on AlmaLinux 8.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8

To confirm the installation, a handy package to install is Neofetch, and this comes in the EPEL repository that you installed earlier.

To install this package, use the following command in your terminal.

sudo dnf install neofetch -y

Once installed, run the following command in your terminal.


Example output (Click Image Expand):

Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8

And that is it, and you have successfully installed the Budgie desktop environment.

Update/Upgrade Budgie Desktop Environment Packages

Run the standard dnf upgrade command for future updates for the desktop environment and any default packages from the App Stream.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

When updates are available, it is the same process to upgrade.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the Budgie desktop environment on your AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

Budgie has been developed to be lightweight and fast-loading, making it a good alternative if you don’t want the total weight of GNOME behind your computing experience or can take advantage of its speed on an older computer. The only downside? There are fewer themes available in Budgie compared to other DEs out there, so this may be worth considering before switching over entirely (or at all).

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