Fedora Budgie Spin Proposed For Fedora 38

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 13 December 2022 at 05:36 AM EST. 11 Comments
Budgie desktop lead developer (and former Solus Linux developer) Joshua Strobl has proposed a Fedora Budgie desktop spin for Fedora 38.

The Budgie desktop in the Fedora world was added with Fedora 37 and there is a newly-proposed special interest group (SIG) for enhancing this desktop on Fedora. The next step being pursued by Strobl is for having a properly recognized Fedora Budgie Spin.

The Budgie desktop has been traditionally associated with Solus Linux but it's also been packaged for various Linux distributions. There is also an Ubuntu Budgie spin and now proposed a Fedora Budgie spin too>

The Fedora Spin like their other desktop spins would be about providing the Budgie desktop out-of-the-box for those downloading the respective ISOs.
Providing Budgie Desktop through a Budgie Spin would align with Fedora’s common values of Features and First. Fedora prides itself on its ability to closely collaborate with “upstreams” and empowering a “wide spectrum of millions of users, administrators, and developers worldwide”. Budgie Desktop shares a User-centric “Core Value” that puts users at the center of how we shape Budgie Desktop. Fedora’s ability to collaborate with and lead the charge on technical innovation would benefit the development of Budgie Desktop going into the future and Budgie Desktop’s perspective on desktop experiences could help shape the evolution of personal computing under Fedora as well.

A Fedora Budgie Spin would provide a better initial experience for Fedora users that is more aligned with the “stock” or “promoted defaults” experience by Budgie Desktop. Currently, end users that wish to use Budgie Desktop on Fedora must install Fedora Workstation (due to the extensive overlap between the GNOME “Stack” components offered in Workstation and that of Budgie) and apply changes to get an experience more aligned with the recommendations offered by the external documentation.

A Fedora Budgie Spin would reduce the extraneous packages that come with Fedora Workstation that are not needed as part of the Budgie Desktop experience, provide consistent iconography and desktop theming, and reduce potential headaches associated with the multi-step process of getting Budgie Desktop on Fedora.

The Fedora Budgie Spin has been proposed and all the details on it can be found via the Fedora Wiki page. Now it's up to the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee to decide on approving this feature for the current Fedora 38 cycle.
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