Budgie 10.4 Released

Budgie 10.4 is the first release in our series 4 updates for Budgie 10!
Budgie 10.4 Released
Joshua Strobl
Joshua Strobl
August 15, 2017
Budgie 10.4 is the first release in our series 4 updates for Budgie 10!


Budgie 10.4 now has maximize and unmaximize animations for applications!


In this release of Budgie, the alt+tab switcher will now prefer the theme icon instead of the X11 icon where possible. Shift+Alt+Tab support has also been implemented, enabling you to go backwards in the Alt+Tab dialog.


Night Light
This release introduces a new applet, Night Light, which can help reduce eye strain by reducing your display's blue light by making your screen "warmer". This applet integrates into the Night Light functionality provided in Mutter 3.24.x and provides quick access to toggling Night Light on/off, as well as:
  • Changing the schedule between "Sunset to Sunrise" and "Manual" (which is configured in GNOME Control Center)
  • Temperature of the display when enabled
  • One-click access to launch your Display settings
The Places Indicator applet also received some love this release, with a new option to always expand the places section when the applet is shown. The whole Places section header is now a clickable button, making toggling the section easier. The Places Applet icon has also been changed to a more apt folder icon, better representing "places" rather than "disks" as previously presented.
And More!
  • The Calendar widget in Raven will now remove the date selection if you change the month or year.
  • The Icon Tasklist applet no longer has a list of "derper" applications for which we'd override the icon. If a .desktop file is found, use the icon referenced in it.
  • The User Indicator now has updated and refined iconography thanks to Sam Hewitt.

Budgie Menu

Searching in Budgie Menu has been completely overhauled. We now support the use of categories for searching and provide a predictable, sane search mechanism. Items that previously would not show up as expected, such as searching for "Displays", are now resolved. For items that would show up in excess, we now de-duplicate search results to only showing unique entries when we're in "search mode" or "super compact" mode (in other words, no headers or sidebar categories). We now dynamically compute scores for a given entry during search in relation to the search term. Assuming the entry is relevant, we'll display results in a given order and allow terms to match and display higher up in the list depending on how close it is to the term, the contents, how much a string is matched, etc.


Vertical Panels
In Budgie 10.4, you can now set vertical panels on the left and right sides of your display. Popovers will correctly indicate (with its "tail") the point of origin, we've done extensive work to ensure all of our animations and applets will display and adjust depending on if they are on (or originating from) a horizontal or vertical panel, and Raven will account for right-side panels and slide out from underneath the panel, as well as anchor to left panels when no horizontal or right panel exists.
With these new panels, you will now also be able to control the panel transparency (via our new Settings app) with three modes:
  • None: The panel is always opaque.
  • Dynamic: The panel is opaque when there is a maximized window on the workspace, or Raven is open, otherwise it's transparent.
  • Always: The panel is always transparent.
As if Budgie panels couldn't improve more, we've also introduced a Dock mode for panels, enabling you to put a dock on any side of your display! This Dock mode also uses a custom CSS class, which means theme developers have the ability to implement custom styling.


For Budgie 10.4, we implemented the Budgie.Popover widget, enabling us to replace our usage of Gtk.Popover and fix a long-standing issue with inconsistent popover animations, for example Budgie Menu animating across the screen if the user's panel (and the menu applet) was at the bottom. Furthermore, this Popover widget enables more granular positioning regardless of its origin (top, bottom, left, or right). This granular positioning helped to provide us the opportunity to implement panels for all sides of your display!


Budgie 10.4 moves Settings out of Raven and into a dedicated application. This new Budgie Settings application enables us to improve the user experience of managing panels, applets, and their respective settings, as well as providing us the opportunity to describe what particular settings may do, with the classic example being "Disable unredirection of windows". To open Budgie Settings, the behavior of the Settings button at the bottom of Raven has been changed to open Budgie Settings instead of GNOME Control Center. You can also pin our Settings application to your panel, like you would any application, and launch it via Budgie Menu.
In the image above, you can see the management of the Bottom Panel. We have split panel management into two sections, with Applets being the primary section (as we anticipate users primarily making changes to applets) and Settings. Similar to the behavior of prior Budgie releases, you can move applets around using the up or down arrow buttons, or delete them. These buttons are positioned at the top of the list to make them more easily accessible for lower-resolution displays. To the right of the applet list, you have a dedicated "Add applet" button and settings for the selected applet below.
In the Settings section of a panel, a multitude of options are exposed, such as:
  • Position of the panel
  • Size of the panel (height for vertical panels, width for horizontal panels)
  • Auto-hide settings (including Intellihide, which is great for Dock mode)
  • Transparency settings (as discussed in the Panels -> Transparency section of this blog post)
  • Shadow (a decorative drop shadow)
  • Stylize region
  • Dock mode
Budgie Settings also enables you to manage  the autostarting of applications, eliminating the need for a secondary tool such as GNOME Tweak Tool.

Other Fixes and Improvements

In addition to the above mentioned goodies, some other fixes include:
  • The Clock applet will now only redraw when the label contents would change. This resolves unnecessary redraws of the applet.
  • daemon: Fixed the order of left-side window buttons, ensuring that the window decoration style is consistent between native and CSD window decorations.
  • wm: Ensuring we purge old backgrounds from the cache.

Supporting The Project

Did you know that you can financially support the Buddies of Budgie project? Buddies of Budgie was founded to provide a home for Budgie Desktop and your financial contribution can go a long way to supporting our goals for development, providing opportunities for financial compensation, leveraging no-compromise Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery systems for streamlining Budgie 10 and 11 development, and more