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Ah. Good to know. Although it is bad practice to install binary debs from another distro. Just don’t know how they have been compiled. Could potentially break something.

So would need to understand where the source is and how to compile. Then there is the problem of getting debian or ubuntu sponsorship to upload into the universe/multiverse archive.

Ho hum…


You can always unarchive it and have a look. And, recompile it. After all, Linux Mint is practically Ubuntu + Mint packages. Cinnamon hadn’t become a derivative, because Mint wanted to stay independent. A very good business decision!

It’d be a good idea for Ubuntu Budgie to be independent too, with complete freedom to take decisions by the community – has its forum, followers etc. Maybe, some laptop manufacturers would use (Ubuntu) Budgie as the default distro. With a new name, of course. Anyway, it was an independent distro, before it became a derivative.



I like Ubuntu Budgie a lot, but Nautilus is very lean, too lean for my liking.
But it seems some functions can be enabled.

  • Editable address bar and folder view can be enabled with dconf-editor. :heavy_check_mark:

I’m searching for

  • A solution for bulk renaming files (incl. Network folders) like MX Linux can.
  • A visible file copy popup to not accidentially abort a copy process.
  • Enable “Always on top” permanently for Nautilus

any recommendation?


I am on Manjaro, but I think I used ‘Nautilus-renamer’ in the repos for file renaming on Ubuntu and Debian. Have you checked it out?


Natilus renamer extension doesn’t work with smb shares, only local files.

I’ve installed Nemo now.
It’s functions are much better out of the box and works.
Simply installed via Software center or
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo
It always installs version 3.8.5.
How to get newest version 4.0.6? :bowing_man:
Edit: Even if i add ppa’s to get newer a version it will always install nemo from ubuntu repo. :hushed:



Tried to get a newer Nemo filemanager version with ppa’s but doesn’t work.
Will always install old Nemo 3.8.5 from ubuntu repo, but it works fine.

Install from Budgie Software Center for 3.8.5 or:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install nemo

Make Nemo default filemanager:
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

xdg-open $HOME

What doesn’t work:
Can’t get any nemo-extensions or nemo itself from ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon.
e.g. extension nemo-compare

Can’t get the file copy progress bar. This seems to be a part of cinnamon desktop taskbar icon (maybe?).

Switched Widget Theme to Arc darker in Budgie-Desktop-Settings, it seems to be the best for filemanager visibility when renaming files.



I looked at the nemo github page and there you can find instructions to compile the latest version.

this specific ppa you mention have nemo 3.8.5 as the latest nemo update at 09/2018.

I guess if you want the latest you will have to compile.


Read the instruction, stopped reading after ./configure && make && make install



A bit of a FYI. A proper disco version of v4.0.6 nemo is in our backports ppa.

Likewise a proper disco version of nemo-dropbox is there as well.

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