Budgie 10.5.3 Arrives with GNOME 40 Support, Enhancements, and More

The developers of the Linux distribution, «Solus» released a few days ago the release of the new version of the desktop environment Budgie 10.5.3, incorporating last year's results

The desk Budgie is based on GNOME technologies, but it uses its own GNOME Shell implementations, panel, applets, and notification system. The project code is distributed under the GPLv2 license. In addition to the Solus distribution, the Budgie desktop also comes in the official Ubuntu edition form.

To manage windows, Budgie uses Budgie Window Manager (BWM), which is an advanced modification of the base Mutter plugin.

Budgie is based on a panel that is similar in work organization to classic desktop panels. All panel elements are applets, allowing you to flexibly customize the layout, change the location and replace the implementation of the main panel elements to your liking.

Available applets include the classic application menu, task switching system, an area with a list of open windows, virtual desktop display, a power management indicator, a volume control applet, a system status indicator and a watch.

Main new features of Budgie 10.5.3

In this new version that is presented of the desktop environment, we can find that as main novelty Budgie 10.5.3 introduces support for the GNOME 40 stack, version in which several changes were introduced in Mutter, in addition to the fact that gsettings-desktop-schemas and gnome-shell affected the ability to use Budgie under a GNOME 40 stack or together with GDM (the GNOME login manager that takes advantage of gnome-shell).

On the other hand, regarding the improvements made in the Budgie 10.5.3 subcomponents, we can find that in the subprogram Raven (sidebar and notifications display center) filter annoying notifications.

Besides that modified code to track apps in full screen mode to properly restore the state after completing those applications and hid the default GTK theme (Adwaita), in favor of those officially compatible with Budgie (Matter, Silver).

Status applet with status line implementation now has the ability to customize indents and with utility xdotool in the Lock Keys applet, It is possible to change the state of the CapsLock and NumLock keys, and not just display it.

An option has been added to the settings (Budgie Desktop Settings -> Windows) to automatically pause the display of notifications when in full screen mode so that they do not interfere with launching games and viewing videos.

A default desktop background is included, making it easy to ship Budgie on distros like Arch Linux (eliminates the need to keep a separate wallpaper pack).

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Filtering of notifications about adding and removing devices stopped.
  • Mutter and WM preference scheme settings now only apply to Budgie session.
  • Spacing can now be configured in the Status applet.
  • There is now an option in Budgie and it is exposed through the "Windows" section of Budgie Desktop Settings to automatically pause notifications when a window is in full screen and resume when there is no longer a full screen window.
  • Device added / removed notifications are no longer filtered, this resolves issues where eject notifications for external media are not stored in the Raven Notifications section.
  • Fixes issue with KeePass causing panel security flaws.
  • Various stability improvements, such as more proactive X11 error trapping.
  • Notifications now use a high priority timeout.
  • Fix for app icons not scaling in Raven's notification group headers.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new version of the environment, you can check the details In the following link.

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