Next up in my little series about all the different Manjaro flavours is Budgie, a kinda new desktop environment that’s all the rage now in the Linux community. Geez, I wonder why. But see for yourself if that little birdie is for you … or not.
But first let’s drive Orca crazy with a rather lenghty initial update. 😦 All I wanted to do was sending screenshots from MiniMe to MiniMax but first needed to install Thunderbird. Budgie doesn’t come with an email program … Can you believe that shit?
My first impression isn’t a positive one, I can tell you. While Budgie is as lightweight as possible and doesn’t even supply you with the most necessary customizing tools it isn’t very spunky or speedy. I mean it’s ok, a bit slow to react but that’s maybe because it’s so freshly installed and many apps not even launched once.
Here it is, Manjaro Budgie after installation. As typical for Manjaro and many other distros we see a mostly useless welcome screen. Close it and make it so it never appears again.
‘kay, much better … or is it? Nothing against lightweight distros but this is like very primitive and empty. Menu, Firefox, some chat program, the file manager and of course the terminal. That’s all you get, and usually it would be enough … but please read on.
This is the settings folder. A thing that is usally full to the brim with stuff to tinker, experiment and play with, is like super bereft of all the fun stuff in Budgie. 😮 Couldn’t even find something to add friendlier icons or an alternative wallpaper to get rid of this depressing grey. After 10 minute of probing I finally found one more, some typically buttfugly Manjaro green leaf shit. So Manjaro Budgie supplies you with two wallpapers. Two were most other distros give you hundreds … or at least a handful. Ok, Orca don’t care, she always uses her own wallpapers but what about the poor noobs?
Here is the green wallpaper. But what I really wanted to show you is how lightweight in excess gets to the total opposite effect. Ikey saved using an image viewer, yes, but abusing the ultra heavy GIMP for the simple task of showing a simple photos is more than just counterproductive, it’s downright damaging your ultralight approach.
Best thing about this desktop environment is the pretty cool Brisk menu. But, as we have seen, it’s available in other, better desktops too. For example in Orca’s own MATE. =^.^=
What I find most weird is the fact that Ikey, the Solus Linux bosschief, who invented the Budgie desktop, switched his own distro to the much nicer MATE by now. Isn’t he that convinced by his own creation anymore? Be that as it may, as much as I admire Ikey for his ingenuity and the clever stuff he’s coming up with all by his own, and as sympathetic as Budgie is on first glance, as a simple environment for older computers and netbooks and stuff, its lack of modability renders it undesirable for Orca. Sorry Ikey, after Solus now Budgie misses the mark as well. At least for me it does. 😦