Chrome-Colored Parakeets

I personally like Google's Chrome interface. It's simple, fast, elegant and did I mention fast? Unfortunately, I don't like how locked down the Chrome OS is on a Chromebook, nor do I like its total dependence on Google. I also don't like the lack of ability to install Chrome easily on generic hardware. Thankfully, Budgie is here to help.

If you like the simplicity and speed of the Chrome interface, but want a full-blown system underneath that deceptively simple GUI, I urge you to give Budgie a try. You either can download the Evolve-OS, or just install the PPA into a standard Ubuntu system. I simply typed:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:evolve-os/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Then log out, and when logging in, choose the Budgie desktop instead of Unity. You'll find a very Chrome-like interface but on top of a full-blown Linux system instead of Chrome! The preferences are fairly simplistic, but the entire interface is designed to get out of the way and let you work. Due to its blazing-fast speed and ease of use, the Budgie Desktop is this month's Editors' Choice. Give it a try today!


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.