One of the ways in which I like to have fun is to play around with different distributions of Linux.
Experimenting with different desktop environments is also an enjoyable pastime of mine.
Recently, I have been having fun with Manjaro Budgie (And, I am going to tell you all about it).
I Needed A Change
I have been using the MATE desktop environment for years.
I like it because:
- It is lightweight (It is one of those desktop environments that is easy on system resources).
- It does not get in the way.
- It is easy to use.
- It can be customized to the user’s liking.
Now, in spite of the MATE desktop environment being highly reliable, I decided to make the switch to a different desktop environment ― the Budgie desktop environment.
Because I felt as though I needed a change.
I Am Not A Newcomer To The Budgie Desktop Environment
The first time I used the Budgie desktop environment was back in 2016; I used it via Budgie Remix (Those were the days when it was an unofficial flavour of Ubuntu).
The first time I used it, I said to myself, “Wow, this is amazing. This is what the GNOME desktop environment should have been!”
Anyway, when that particular distribution became an official flavour of Ubuntu, it was rebranded, Ubuntu Budgie.
Shortly after, I experimented with Solus (At the time, it made a lot of sense because they were the ones who created the Budgie desktop environment).
Solus Budgie ran well on my computer.
However, Solus had a flaw ― they did not have a vast amount of software like Ubuntu or Arch Linux (Solus’s repository is a smaller curated one).
In addition to Solus’s repository, users can access additional software via the usage of:
In spite of all of that, I still felt that the steps to acquire additional software on Solus were a bit unnecessary and uncalled for.
The logical thing to do is to utilize a distribution of Linux that has all of the software that I want (And, I should not have to jump through proverbial hoops to get them).
The Budgie Desktop Environment On Manjaro Appears To Be The Best Option For Me
For the record, I still use the MATE desktop environment with Vanilla Arch Linux (I have no intention of parting with that).
However, where Manjaro is concerned, I am always willing to play around with the various desktop environments.
I was already familiar with Manjaro Xfce (I knew for a fact that I was not fond of the Xfce desktop environment).
I was also familiar with Manjaro KDE Plasma (KDE Plasma is beautiful and modern-looking and is one of those desktop environments that is highly customizable).
I used Manjaro GNOME in the past and enjoyed it (It is one of those desktop environments that you either love or hate; I have not touched it since it transitioned itself into GNOME 40 ― a so-called new and improved version of itself).
I also used Manjaro Deepin in the past; it was interesting (It is one of those desktop environments that I have no intention of using anytime soon).
I am already familiar with Manjaro MATE (I am a huge fan of the MATE desktop environment).
Manjaro i3 and Manjaro Sway are definitely out of the equation (My intuition says that they are trouble).
Since I have not used Manjaro Budgie in quite a while and I needed a change from Manjaro MATE, I thought that I should replace my Manjaro MATE installation with Manjaro Budgie.
Manjaro Budgie Has Its Crowd
I believe that people who are already familiar with the workings of the Budgie desktop environment (Especially those people who have used Ubuntu Budgie and Solus will have a deep appreciation for Manjaro Budgie).
Because they are getting to use a desktop environment that they are already familiar with and in addition to that they have the freedom to access a vast amount of software via Manjaro’s own repository and the Arch User Repository.
To put it across simply, the Budgie desktop environment is a modern and feature-rich desktop.
I Prefer The Layout Of Solus Budgie
Where layouts are concerned, Manjaro Budgie has the panel at the top; whereas, Solus Budgie has the panel at the bottom (I paced the panel back at the bottom after I installed Manjaro Budgie).
There is an old adage that states, “Familiarity breeds comfort.”
A person coming over from Ubuntu Budgie may want to stylize their Budgie desktop with a dock at the bottom; which is the default look of Ubuntu Budgie.
Therefore, you cannot blame me for wanting to make changes to the layout of Manjaro Budgie.
How Long Will I Stay With Manjaro Budgie?
Well, it is hard to say how long I am going to stay with Manjaro Budgie.
Since I am already heavily addicted to the MATE experience, there is the probability of me returning to Manjaro MATE.
However, I will do my best to stick with Manjaro Budgie for a while (After all, I am having lots of fun with it).
Manjaro Users Should Use Whichever Version That They Like
Manjaro users should use whichever version that they like.
Because using a version of Manjaro that they do not like will send them crazy (A perfect example of that is me being subjected to the bland experience of Manjaro Xfce).
Besides, if you love something, you will want to explore it deeply (Hence one’s favourite version of Manjaro).
All Linux users have their favourite desktop environments and window managers (And, that will always be the case).
Do keep in mind that you should use the version of Manjaro that you like the most; whether it be:
- Manjaro Xfce
- Manjaro GNOME
- Manjaro KDE Plasma
- Manjaro MATE
- Manjaro Cinnamon
- Manjaro Deepin
- Manjaro i3
- Manjaro Sway
I like Manjaro Budgie and that is the reason why I am using it.
By the way, you can check out my article, Renard’s Thoughts On Manjaro, to find out my views on this particular distribution of Linux.
I will continue to have fun with Manjaro Budgie.
When the enjoyment fades (and, I hope that it does not), I will probably move on to using another version of Manjaro.
The most important thing is that I can find my way around easily on Manjaro Budgie (Having past experience with the Budgie desktop environment probably has a lot to do with it).
I will not recommend it for you to use because some newcomers have complained about the complexity of the Raven menu.
However, you are more than welcome to try it if you like.