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.
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.
‘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.
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. 😦