The Linux desktop Budgie 10.6 is out now, as the first release under the new Buddies Of Budgie organization and it's really looking good. This release brings a bunch of styling changes, as the team has been focusing a lot on the little things to make the experience smoother.
From the team:
Budgie 10.6 is not just a reflection of our organization change for the development of Budgie, it reflects an expansion on Budgie 10.x series with new features and re-architectures, applying the lessons learned from those into our next generation version of Budgie. Buddies of Budgie views Budgie Desktop as a platform rather than a product. Distributors of Budgie Desktop and users should not feel like their choice of theming, applications, or default styles should be at odds with the goals of the project.
Budgie 10.6 aims to eliminate the divide between traditional "downstream" consumers of Budgie and the development organization itself, enabling those downstreams like Ubuntu Budgie to get more intimately involved in its development.
Applying one of our core pillars of being a platform rather than a product, the goal with Budgie 10.6 and future releases of Budgie is to provide a macrocosm, or a minimal set of tightly coupled components, and leave the rest of the ecosystem up to the decisions and values of downstream consumers, be that distributions or end users.
Some of the release highlights includes:
- Application grouping in the Icon Tasklist on the bottom bar
- Theme improvements
- Notification System Rewrite
- Elimination of some legacy queue_layout calls in the window manager, which should reduce unnecessary redraws
- Use of tabs instead of spaces, general reformatting of some code
- Reintroduce support for GNOME 40, to enable Ubuntu LTS support
- Moved from Weblate to Transifex for translations
- Renamed Budgie Desktop View schema to support its rebrand
- Renamed GNOME Control Center references to Budgie Control Center
- Ensure gschema override for switch-input-source* is formatted correctly, which fixes a gschema compilation warning.
- Fix SEGV when input source was switched by Alt+Shift_L, caused by using a non-ibus input method.
- Fixes to expanding Raven thumbnail causing Raven itself to resize
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