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Budgie is the flagship desktop of the 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 is recommended to install its optional dependencies also to get a more complete desktop environment. It is 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". The "Notifications" section can be accessed with Super+N and the "Applets" section can be accessed with Super+A 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 budgie-screensaver.

Use a different window manager

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Reason: Many window managers do not 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.

See also