Ubuntu MATE August 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been generous as always and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE project and the community site. In fact, this month we are able to reward some other projects that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for August 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for August 2015.
  • Donated $198 to Debian developer and package maintainer for MATE.
  • Donated €50 to OpenBSD.
  • Donated $50 to VLC.
  • This months donations to other Open Source projects brings our running total to approximately $1869 (taking into account currency variations)

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and new Ubuntu MATE releases are now distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are serving ~500 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and another ~1100 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2.

Given that we have committed to support Ubuntu MATE 14.04 until 2019 these donations are much appreciated and help cover the bandwidth costs and fund the development servers we need to prepare new .iso images for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source Projects

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month that Ubuntu MATE has a surplus of funds we will make a contribution to an Open Source project that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.

For August 2015 Ubuntu MATE have sponsored OpenBSD and VLC. We are therefore delighted to be able to donate €50 to OpenBSD and $50 to VLC.

OpenBSD is the funding framework for a number of projects, including OpenSSH. OpenSSH is an essential tool, one that many people depend upon and is used extensively to manage the Ubuntu MATE infrastructure.

VLC is the ubiquitous audio and video player and swiss army knife for all manner of audio and video wrangling, not just on Linux but those lesser known proprietary operating systems too. Switching to VLC was overwhlemingly supported by the Ubuntu MATE community, so we know you love it too.

Donations to MATE Desktop

Those of you who have downloaded Ubuntu MATE from this website will have noticed the Download Tip we place on the page. We’ve made it clear that those tips are shared between the Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.

This month we’ve donated directly to one of the Debian developers.

  • $198 to Debian developer and package maintainer for MATE.

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven’t already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to the Ubuntu MATE patrons who collectively donated $431.0 this month.

Monthly supporter

Become a monthly supporter at Patreon. Patrons get exclusive project updates, invites to live video conferences with the Ubuntu MATE developers and discounts on some Ubuntu MATE merchandise.

Become a Patron

Summary of PayPal donations

  • A total of $1040.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $936.2, of which $790.67 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €43.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €38.37.
  • A total of £54.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £50.66.

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Beta 1 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

Ubuntu MATE Beta Releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Ubuntu MATE Beta Releases are recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Ubuntu MATE, MATE, and GTK+ developers

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2 release?

Here’s what changed in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 since Alpha 2.

  • Updated to MATE 1.10 (mostly).
    • Caja now has an extension manager so plugins can be enabled/disabled at run-time.
    • A new audio mixer library, libmatemixer, has been introduced.
    • Provides an abstract API allowing access to mixer functionality available in the PulseAudio, ALSA and OSS sound systems.
    • Improved multi-monitor support.
    • Theme support has been expanded including Client Side Decorations (CSD) and pop-overs.
    • Full help and documentation is now available.
    • Static code analysis has resulted in many memory leaks being plugged.
    • Lots of bugs fixes. Really, lots.
    • For more details see the MATE 1.10 Release Notes.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Welcome 1.0.3.
    • Renamed to Welcome.
    • Added splash animation and transitions. Thanks to Luke Horwell.
    • Added and updated the content for Introduction and Features. Thanks to Larry Bushey of Going Linux podcast.
    • Added access to backup, firewall and user manager to Getting Started.
    • Added catgories to the Software page.
    • Added a proprietary software toggle to the Software page.
    • Added new applications to the Software page:
    • App Grid.
    • Chromium as an alternative to Google Chrome.
    • Disks.
    • Hardinfo.
    • SpiderOakONE.
    • Ubuntu Software Centre.
    • VeraCrypt.
    • Update buttons in Software to make them consistent.
    • Hide some elements when in a live session.
  • Updated MATE Tweak 3.5.2
    • Added support for Fedora and Mageia panel layouts.
    • Update xcursor icon-theme when switching Window Manager to preserve MATE xcursor preferences.
    • Ported to Python 3.
  • Added Deja Dup integration to Caja filemanager. Thanks to Marcos Costales.
    • Deja Dup now has full content menu control in the Caja file manager.
  • Fixed unlocking a locked screen.

How complete is MATE 1.10?

We’re not quite there yet. Here is the list of MATE packages that have not yet been updated to MATE 1.10.

  • atril
  • mate-panel
  • mate-control-center
  • mate-power-manager
  • engrampa
  • mate-applets
  • mate-icon-theme-faenza
  • mate-sensors-applet
  • mate-user-share

That’s quite a list. As I’ve said before I conduct all MATE packaging work in Debian, as part of the MATE Packaging team for Debian. What with summer vacations, civic duty and DebConf 2015 we didn’t quite get all of MATE 1.10 uploaded in time for Beta 1. The packages above should receive their 1.10 updates in the coming days.

Until all the MATE components are updated to 1.10, things could be a bit bumpy. Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 1 might be the most unstable version of Ubuntu MATE we’ve ever released. But everything should be hunky-dory for the final beta next month.

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Download

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

  • The mix of MATE 1.10 and MATE 1.8 components will cause some instability.
  • Running Linux on PowerPC can require some tinkering and the following are useful references.

You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Feedback

Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? Maybe you just want to discuss your experiences or ask the maintainers some questions. Please come and talk to us.

Ubuntu MATE July 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been generous as always and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE project and the community site. In fact, this month we are able to reward some other projects that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for July 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for July 2015.
  • £147.33 to setup the new globally distributed servers.
  • Donated $291 to Debian developers and maintainers.
    • $145.50 to Debian developer and package maintainer for MATE.
    • $145.50 to Debian maintainer and package maintainer for MATE.
  • Donated $50 to Syncthing.
  • This months donations to other Open Source projects brings our running total to approximately $1565 (taking into account currency variations)

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and new Ubuntu MATE releases are now distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are serving ~500 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and another ~1000 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2.

Given that we have committed to support Ubuntu MATE 14.04 until 2019 these donations are much appreciated and help cover the bandwidth costs and fund the development servers we need to prepare new .iso images for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source Projects

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month that Ubuntu MATE has a surplus of funds we will make a contribution to an Open Source project that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.

For July 2015 Ubuntu MATE have sponsored Syncthing. We are therefore delighted to be able to donate $50 to Syncthing.

Syncthing is an Open Source alternative to BitTorrent Sync. Earlier in July 2015 the Ubuntu MATE server infrastructure was expanded to multiple servers in different geographies. A solution for syncing the Ubuntu MATE images between those sites was required and we’ve used Syncthing to do it and it has been brilliant to work with. Syncthing is now listed in the new Ubuntu MATE Welcome that featured for the first time in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2.

Donations to MATE Desktop

Those of you who have downloaded Ubuntu MATE from this website will have noticed the Download Tip we place on the page. We’ve made it clear that those tips are shared between the Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects. We have donated half the download tips from July 2015, which we are pleased to say amounts to $291, to MATE Desktop.

This month we’ve done something a little different and donated directly to some of the upstream MATE developers.

  • $145.50 to Debian developer and package maintainer for MATE.
  • $145.50 to Debian maintainer and package maintainer for MATE.

The Debian developers and maintainers have been hugely supportive of Ubuntu MATE and put significant effort into ensuring packaging for Ubuntu MATE is completed and well supported. This has included accepting other projects into the Debian MATE packaging team that Ubuntu MATE relies on, such as MATE Tweak, MATE Menu, MATE Optimus, Plank and several others.

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven’t already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to Ubuntu MATE patrons who collectively donated $425.0 this month.

Monthly supporter

Become a monthly supporter at Patreon. Patrons get exclusive project updates, invites to live video conferences with the Ubuntu MATE developers and discounts on some Ubuntu MATE merchandise.

Become a Patron

Summary of PayPal donations

  • A total of $879.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $768.58, of which $582.47 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Deskop project.
  • A total of €57.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €51.63.
  • A total of £40.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £37.55.
  • A total of 0.0478144 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Alpha 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

Ubuntu MATE Alpha Releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Ubuntu MATE Alpha Releases are recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Ubuntu MATE, MATE, and GTK+ developers

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 1 release?

Here what changed in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2 since Alpha 1.

  • Added a community contributed wallpaper by David Chadderton from Webspresso.
  • Added a community contributed wallpaper by quidsup.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Plymouth boot animation by Jack Mohegan.
  • Added Ubuntu MATE Welcome 1.0.1
    • Welcome is new utility unique to Ubuntu MATE.
    • Welcome helps orientate users with their new operating system.
    • Welcome guides users through post-install configuration such as installing drivers and adding language support.
    • Welcome provides a one-click installation from a highly curated list of best-in-class software to “get stuff done” or have some fun.
    • The installation options include Steam, Google Chrome, Dropbox, Spotify, Syncthing, Telegram, uGet, Minecraft, Gimp (with CMYK support), InSync, Skype, Google Music Manager, Ubuntu SDK, Codecs, libdvdcss2, VirtualBox 5.0 and many others.
  • Updated MATE Tweak 3.5.0
    • Fixed saving/restoring of custom panel layouts.
    • Simplifies the interface for selecting alternative panel layouts.
  • Removed the Ubuntu Software Center.
  • Fixed shutdown/restart of the live session in Virtualbox guests.

Where is MATE 1.10?

It is coming soon, here’s why.

I am an upstream MATE developer, which means I know stuff. There are good reasons why MATE 1.10 is not in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 or other PPAs right now. Here are some of them:

  • The upstream MATE team planned for MATE 1.10 bug fix point releases. Those are now all released, as of a few days ago, and include significant improvements to the help documentation and many bug fixes.
  • I have elected to sync MATE packages from Debian into Ubuntu without any modifications. I do this because I am a MATE maintainer for Debian.
  • The Debian MATE team have uploaded most of the MATE 1.10 packages to Debian experimental about two months ago. Bugs have been found and fixed.
  • This bug is being crushed and means that most packages need significant modification, it takes time.

In short, I don’t want to release stuff when I know significant changes are coming. But as you can see, lots of work on MATE 1.10 has been going behind the scenes.

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Download

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

  • Can’t unlock the lock screen.
    • The work around is to use Switch User and authenticate. This will “log you in” and preserve your desktop session. This bug is fixed in MATE 1.10 which will land in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 soon.
    • LP: #1471454
  • The cryptsetup password prompt may not be shown.
  • Running Linux on PowerPC can require some tinkering and the following are useful references.

You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Feedback

Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? Maybe you just want to discuss your experiences or ask the maintainers some questions. Please come and talk to us.

Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Software Center

Last night I discovered that my decision to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default install on Ubuntu MATE 15.10 has caused quite a stir. I genuinely had no idea.

This blog post tries to clarify the situation by embedding the discussion I joined last night on Linux Unplugged. But before you go clicking the play button, know this:

  • My decision to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default install of Ubuntu MATE 15.10 was not a spiteful act. Based on the feedback I’ve had over the last year it was clear that users of Ubuntu MATE want an alternative to Ubuntu Software Center. I am merely trying to please those users.
  • Ubuntu MATE Welcome will feature from Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2 onward. In a future version it will be capable of one-click installing Ubuntu Software Center and App Grid. Users of Ubuntu MATE can choose which “software center” they want to use on their computers.

With that said, we discussed this is more detail last night. Have a listen.

We also got stuck into it some more in the post show.

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around Linux, Open Source and Technology. Take a look, you’ll probably find something of interest.