Fedora Budgie and Posh, the new Spin that the distribution will receive in Fedora 38


Budgie will be one of the new flavors that will arrive in Fedora 38

Joshua Stroble, a key developer on the Budgie project, recently released a proposal to start building Official builds of a new Spin for Fedora Linux with Budgie.

The Budgie environment was initially focused on its use in the Solus distribution, but has since evolved into a project independent of the distribution, which has also begun to distribute packages for Arch Linux and Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Budgie edition became official in 2016, but the use of Budgie on Fedora has been largely neglected, and official packages for Fedora have only been shipped since Fedora 37.

Budgie is based on GNOME technologies and its own implementation of GNOME Shell (in the upcoming Budgie 11 release) it is planned to separate the desktop functionality from the layer that provides display and output, which will allow abstraction of specific graphics toolkits and libraries, and implement support complete for the Wayland protocol).

The goal of Budgie Desktop is to be a modern, feature-rich desktop that provides unique ways to interact with the system (like the Raven notification center and widget) while still being accessible to many users with its more traditional default look and feel. Budgie Desktop is extensible through its own plugin architecture and offers a variety of customization options to allow users and partners (eg Ubuntu Budgie) to make it their own.

Budgie Desktop and its respective components (Budgie Desktop View, Budgie Control Center, Budgie Screensaver) are officially maintained by Joshua Strobl, the leader of the Buddies of Budgie organization and a recently proposed Budgie SIG. Budgie Desktop was introduced in Fedora 37.

To manage windows, Budgie uses the Budgie Window Manager (BWM), which is an extended modification of the basic Mutter plugin. Budgie is based on a panel that is similar in organization to classic desktop panels.

All panel elements are applets, allowing you to flexibly customize the layout, change the layout, and replace implementations of the main panel elements to your liking. Available applets include the classic applications menu, task switcher, open windows list area, virtual desktop view, power management indicator, volume control applet, system status indicator, and the watch.

Budgie SIG is founded to maintain packages with Budgie and form a new build, plus a rotating edition of Fedora with Budgie is planned to ship from the release of Fedora Linux 38. The proposal has not yet been reviewed by the FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee), which is responsible for of the technical part of Fedora development.

On the other hand, it is also worth mentioning that at a FESCo meeting (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee), which is responsible for the technical side of developing the Fedora Linux distribution, a proposal was approved to start forming on Fedora Linux assemblies for mobile devices provided with the Phosh shell. the shell phosh it is based on GNOME technologies and the GTK library, uses the Phoc composite server running on top of Wayland, as well as its own squeekboard on-screen keyboard.

The environment was originally developed by Purism as a GNOME Shell analogue for Librem 5, but later became part of the GNOME Unofficial Projects and is now also used in postmarketOS, Mobian, and some firmware for Pine64 devices.

The builds will ship with Fedora Linux 38 and will be built for the x86_64 and aarch64 architectures by the Fedora Mobility team, which until now has been limited to maintaining the 'phosh-desktop' package set.

The availability of ready-to-use installation builds for mobile devices is supposed to broaden the distribution's reach, attract new users to the project and provide a turnkey solution with a completely open interface for smartphones that can be used on any device compatible with the standard Linux kernel.

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