The objective is to install Budgie desktop as an alternative desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Desktop/Server Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install tasksel
  • How to install Budgie desktop
  • How to switch to lightdm display manager
  • How to login to Budgie desktop
Budgie desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Budgie desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software tasksel
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install Budgie desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

  1. We will be using the tasksel command to install Budgie desktop. In case the tasksel command is not available on your system you can install it by:
    $ sudo apt install tasksel
    

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  3. Execute the following command to begin the Budgie desktop installation:
    $ sudo tasksel install ubuntu-budgie-desktop
    
    Budgie desktop installation command on Ubuntu 20.04
    Budgie desktop installation command on Ubuntu 20.04
    Wait for tasksel to complete the Budgie desktop installation
    Wait for tasksel to complete the Budgie desktop installation
  4. Set lightdm as a default display manager:
    $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm
    
    Use dpkg-reconfigure to set lightdm as a default display manager
    Use dpkg-reconfigure to set lightdm as a default display manager


  5. Lightdm configuration information
    Lightdm configuration information
    Use TAB to select lightdm and hit ok button
    Use TAB to select lightdm and hit ok button
  6. Reboot your Ubuntu 20.04 system:
    Reboot your Ubuntu 20.04 system
    Reboot your Ubuntu 20.04 system
  7. Select Desktop session as Budgie:
    Open Desktop session selection menu
    Open Desktop session selection menu
    Select Budgie Desktop, enter your password and hit login button
    Select Budgie Desktop, enter your password and hit login button
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