Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Debian 11 Bullseye

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 Debian 11 Bullseye.

Updating Debian System

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

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Installing Budgie Desktop Environment

sudo apt install budgie-desktop

Example output:

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed.

Once installed, reboot your PC.

sudo reboot

Verifying Budgie Desktop Environment

Once you have returned to your login screen, DO NOT LOG IN STRAIGHT AWAY.

Change the desktop environment to “Budgie”.

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

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

It is recommended to go to Budgie Desktop Settings and change some options, such as desktop icons, icon size, fonts, windows positions, window bars, and dark/light theme. The UI is simple, making customizing Budgie very time efficient.

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

Removing Budgie Desktop Environment

To remove the Budgie desktop, luckily compared to most other desktop environments, is straightforward. Use the following terminal command to remove the desktop environment.

sudo apt autoremove budgie-desktop

Once done, reboot your system.

sudo reboot

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the required repository and install the Budgie Desktop Environment on Debian 11 Bullseye.

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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