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Buddies of Budgie

Developers of the Budgie Desktop, a feature rich and modern desktop environment for Linux.

Today's Balance
$1,745.15
Estimated Annual Budget
$1,900

About


The Pitch

Buddies of Budgie was founded to provide a home for the Budgie Desktop, an open source modern desktop environment built to provide you immediate access to the things you need, and keep out of the way when you need it to most. Website is available here.

Budgie Desktop provides a multitude of features that helps to accomplish this, such as:
  • Budgie Menu: Budgie Menu shows you all your installed applications, neatly organized into categories to improve discoverability, and with lightning fast application searching! No more diving into sub-menus to find the app you need.
  • Raven: Raven is an all-in-one center for accessing your calendar, controlling sound output and input (including per-app volume control), media playback and more. Raven also enables you to access missed notifications, with the ability to clear away individual notifications, grouped notifications, and all notifications.
  • Run Dialog: Quickly launch apps without lifting a finger!
Budgie is an extensible and personalizable desktop. With a rich ecosystem of extensions developed the community and a ton of customization options from supported themes, panel configuration, and more -- you can make Budgie feel like home.

Budgie Desktop is currently built on top of libraries and software developed by the GNOME Foundation, a "homegrown" environment (as opposed to a fork of an existing desktop) using the GTK3 toolkit and leverages Mutter for the basis of its window manager.

Buddies of Budgie

The original focal point of Budgie was the operating system evolveOS (nowadays called Solus). As the project evolved, other operating systems introduced support for our environment, and some even were created out of a desire to marry our desktop environment with the user's preferred choice of operating system (like Ubuntu Budgie).

Buddies of Budgie is the result of years of engagement with this global community of contributors and consumers. Our "North Star" is transforming historically "downstream" consumers of Budgie into partners, involved directly in Budgie's evolution and development. Some of our other pillars are:
  • Being open-minded to new ideas that can help positively shape a Linux user's experience, new and existing alike, while not compromising on the vision for Budgie.
  • Focusing on being 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. More focus should be put into enabling these "consumers", with a sane set of customization capabilities and APIs that facilitate extensibility.
  • Interoperability with various standards (such as those from FreeDesktop), whether that is in the context of "current" Budgie (10 series) or future releases.
What We Have Done Since January 2022

  1. Establishing clear processes for providing feedback, engaging in discussions, fostering a healthy community, and more.
  2. Held major workshops discussing community, Budgie 10, and Budgie 11.
  3. Regular blog posts!
  4. Released Budgie 10.6 series in 2022. Released 10.7 and 10.8 so far in 2023! Brand new APIs, updated UX, more features / functionality such as Budgie Screenshot and Power Dialog. Re-architectures around notifications, application indexing, Raven, and more.
  5. Released our 2023 plans!
  6. Announced our plans for Wayland.

The Future

The immediate goals for Budgie going into the future are:
  1. Expanding on Budgie 10.x series with new features and re-architectures, applying the lessons learned from those into our next generation version of Budgie.
  2. Development of Budgie 11, a rewrite of Budgie that fundamentally shifts the architectural design for Budgie to have a clearer separation between the "data" (open apps / windows, settings, preferences) and UX. This opens the door to more independence as a project and organization, as well as providing the opportunity for growth as a desktop environment and introduce alternative user experiences on top of the Budgie platform.

How Does Financial Contributions Help?

Financially contributing to Buddies of Budgie will enable us to:
  1. Leverage no-compromise Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery systems for streamlining Budgie 10 and 11 development.
  2. Acquire hardware to better test and enable Budgie features or support.
  3. Provide opportunities for compensated development, triaging, translations, etc.
The long term goal of Buddies of Budgie is to eventually enable full-time development to accelerate development.

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Joe Alden

$560 USD since Jan 2022

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jprostko

$500 USD since Jan 2022

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Julien Guillot

$490 USD since Jan 2022

4
Collin

$230 USD since Jan 2022

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James

$170 USD since Jun 2022

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Peter Paterson

$155 USD since Jan 2022

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Kuuchuu

$145 USD since Jan 2022

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Incognito

$145 USD since Jan 2022

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tsouther

$120 USD since Jul 2022

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endumiuz

$105 USD since Jan 2022

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Nessuno

$105 USD since Nov 2022

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Hai

$90 USD since Apr 2022

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angeles912

$90 USD since Oct 2022

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Thomas Staudinger

$84 USD since Jan 2022

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seagle

$75 USD since Jan 2022

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$10.62 USD since Feb 2022

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$10.18 USD since Mar 2024

Buddies of Budgie is all of us

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Thank you for supporting Buddies of Budgie.

Joshua Strobl

Admin

$50 USD

Campbell Jones

Admin

$10 USD

EbonJaeger

Admin
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly...

Joe Alden

backer

$560 USD

jprostko

backer

$500 USD

Julien Guillot

backer

$490 USD

Collin

backer

$230 USD

Always appreciated your work in Solus. Happy t...

James

backer

$170 USD

Peter Paterson

backer

$155 USD

Budgie totally won me over in November 2016. It...

Kuuchuu

backer

$145 USD

Incognito

backer

$145 USD

tsouther

$120 USD

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Today’s balance

$1,745.15 USD

Total raised

$3,717.96 USD

Total disbursed

$1,972.81 USD

Estimated annual budget

$1,899.67 USD

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