A desktop environment is defined as the core of your operating system in terms of how it feels and looks. In Solus Linux, the desktop environment is a modular component that can be changed and reconfigured. In that case, Solus offers a range of desktop environments with either modern or traditional experiences. You can choose to use KDE plasma, MATE, GNOME, or Budgie. In this article, we will go through a guide on how to install and customize the Budgie desktop environment on Solus.

Budgie Desktop Environment on Solus

Solus is an independently developed Linux distro and mostly utilizes GNOME technologies. In that case, Budgie is a desktop environment that uses GNOME technologies and has been developed by contributors from Solus, Arch Linux, and openSUSE communities. Budgie is one of those desktop environments that highly emphasize minimalism, simplicity, and elegance. Note that Budgie is a mixture of both current and traditional user interfaces.

Features of Budget Desktop Environment

  • Modern User Interface
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Seamless desktop experience
  • Has elegant looks
  • Customizable with good native applications

Installation of Budgie desktop environment on Solus

To enjoy the comfortable and homely experience on your Solus system, install the Budgie desktop environment. First, upgrade your repositories from the computer terminal.

sudo eopkg upgrade

Type this command to install the Budgie desktop environment on Solus.

sudo eopkg install -c desktop.budgie

Type yes to continue with the installation

Following packages will be installed:
adapta-gtk-theme                  bamf                               budgie-brightness-controller-applet     budgie-calendar-applet        
budgie-control-center             budgie-countdown-applet            budgie-cputemp-applet                   budgie-desktop                
budgie-desktop-branding           budgie-desktop-branding-fortitude  budgie-desktop-branding-fortitude-plus  budgie-desktop-branding-livecd
budgie-desktop-branding-material  budgie-desktop-view                budgie-extras                           budgie-extras-daemon          
budgie-haste-applet               budgie-kangaroo-applet             budgie-quicknote-applet                 budgie-restart-applet         
budgie-screensaver                budgie-screenshot-applet           budgie-shutdown-timer                   budgie-takeabreak-applet      
budgie-trash-applet               budgie-visualspace-applet          budgie-weathershow-applet               budgie-window-shuffler        
celtic-magic-button               font-roboto-ttf                    keybinder                               network-manager-applet        
python-psutil                     vala-panel-appmenu                 vala-panel-appmenu-budgie-desktop       vorbis-tools                  
xdotool                           xprintidle                       
Total size of package(s): 12.54 MB
There are extra packages due to dependencies. Do you want to continue? (yes/no) yes

Budgie desktop environment will successfully install on Solus together with other packages.

Switching to Budgie Desktop Environment

Use a reboot command from the terminal or log out on your computer.

While logging in, switch to Budgie on Solus from the setting icon as shown below.

This is how the Budgie desktop environment looks on Solus

Budgie has an amazing application menu where you can search for programs.

Customizing Budgie Desktop Environment on Solus

From the application menu, search for tweaks and press enter. From the window that appears, go to appearance then theme. Choose the theme that pleases you from the provided list.

Also, you can change the background from the appearance section.

Select the background you want for your desktop from the provided list and click on open to save changes.

In the same window, you can change the font and its size.

If you want some applications to start immediately you log in, go to the startup applications option on Tweaks. Click Add after choosing the applications you want as start-ups.

Creating a new panel

Click on a space on the desktop and choose the Budgie Desktop Settings

On the window that appears, click on create a new panel.

A panel will be automatically added. Proceed to add applets on the panel as illustrated below. Choose the applications you would like to appear on the panel.

After making different changes to your Budgie Desktop Environment, you can now see the difference in the appearance from the original to the modified Desktop Environment.

We have successfully installed and customized Budgie Desktop Environment.


Budgie desktop environment on Solus gives you an outstanding experience. With this guide, you can now have fun using it after installation and interesting customization. Budgie makes it easy to tweak little things on the DE. You can change the desktop environment and achieve the look that you like. In case of any questions leave a comment in the below section.

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