Do you consider it? more Linus proofing or simply a thoughtful gesture to a growing Linux gaming audience, the updated Ubuntu Budgie Welcome app will make it easier than ever for gamers to start playing right away.
Ubuntu Budgie is one of several Ubuntu “flavors” and differs from the actual Ubuntu by using the Budgie desktop environment and incorporating lightweight applets that extend functionality and features.
Helpful, ready to use
It’s a sleek Linux distro that strives to be as user-friendly as possible. This starts with an attractive welcome app that appears after installing the operating system. Budgie Welcome gathers a treasure trove of information, settings and software that is incredibly helpful when first starting out.
Whether you want to update your GPU driver, choose a default browser, customize your desktop theme, configure backups, add additional features, learn keyboard shortcuts, or get involved in the community, the options are there and they’re intelligently organized.
A gaming toolbox
A new release, Ubuntu Budgie 22.04, launches this April (it is now available for testing), and the community adds another layer to the awesome welcome app: games!
I tested the latest development version and the game menu adds quick and easy concurrent installs for Steam, Lutris, and RetroArch. Users can also quickly access Discord and OBS Studio.
Where it really shines is with various tools that offer richer gaming experiences, including MangoHUD, CoreCtrl, Polychromatic, and OpenRGB.
Contributors are currently deciding whether to add additional utilities such as GreenWithEnvy (to manage Nvidia graphics cards) and advanced checks and features for future releases. As just one example, imagine the Welcome app recommending automatic installation of game-specific libraries or OpenRazer when it detects Razer peripherals.
The implemented game features are currently firmly in “alpha” territory, but should mature as the 22.04 release gets closer.
With Valve’s Steam Proton making significant strides in compatibility and the impending release of Steam Deck, Linux gaming is becoming more and more viable for everyday users. So kudos to the Ubuntu Budgie team for adding features like this.
If you’d like to get involved and help test out the new Welcome app play options, click here to visit the Ubuntu Budgie Community project page. Feedback and suggestions are welcome!