How to Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Ubuntu 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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the standard method of installing it directly from the Ubuntu 22.04 repository the command line terminal, plus some tips and screenshots to accompany the tutorial.

Update Ubuntu

First, update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts during the installation of the Budgie desktop.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Budgie DE

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

Next, during the installation, you will see the following prompt window.

Example:

Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

As the above output has stated, this message informs you about which display manager to choose.

For Budgie Desktop, this will be “lightdm.”

Press the “TAB” key to select <Ok> and press your “ENTER KEY” to proceed.

Example:

Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once installed, reboot your PC.

sudo reboot

Check Ubuntu Budgie DE

Once you have returned to your login screen, you will immediately notice the background has changed.

Login to proceed to your new desktop environment.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The Budgie desktop environment should be automatically selected. If you encounter any issues during the login process, check the desktop environment settings and make sure Budgie is set.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Change the desktop environment to “Budgie,” then log in.

First Look at Budgie Desktop Environment

Once logged in, you will notice a fundamental, 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.

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Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Remove (Uninstall) Budgie DE

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 --purge

Once done, reboot your system.

reboot

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the required repository and install the Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

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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