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Budgie is the default desktop of Solus Operating System, written from scratch. Besides a more modern design, Budgie can emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop.


Install the budgie-desktop package for the latest stable or budgie-desktop-gitAUR for current git master. It's recommended to install its optional dependencies also to get a more complete desktop environment. It's recommended also to install the gnome group, which contains applications required for the standard GNOME experience.


Choose Budgie Desktop session from a display manager of choice, or modify xinitrc to include Budgie Desktop:

exec budgie-desktop


You can see the notification messages, set volume, and modify the look and feel of the desktop with the sidebar called "Raven". It can be accessed with Super+N key or by clicking on the Status Indicator applet.


Configuration of Budgie Desktop is done through the sidebar and changes to system settings are made through gnome-control-center

Changing button layout

Window button layout can be changed using dconf, dconf-editor or gsettings.

For example:

gsettings set com.solus-project.budgie-wm button-layout 'close,minimize,maximize:appmenu'
gsettings set com.solus-project.budgie-helper.workarounds fix-button-layout 'close,minimize,maximize:menu'

Enable lock screen

To enable lock screen after a certain amount of inactivity, install gnome-screensaver.

Use a different window manager

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Reason: Many window managers don't support --replace. (Discuss in Talk:Budgie#)

It is possible to use an alternative window manager with the Budgie. Either define a custom GNOME session which replaces budgie-wm with another window manager or autostart my-wm --replace where my-wm is the executable name of the window manager you wish to use.

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