Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Final Release

What works?

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

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 2 release?

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

  • Fixed update-manager and do-release-upgrade to upgrade from Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to Ubuntu MATE 15.10.
    • Although this is not supported on the Raspberry Pi 2 images.
  • Fixed the openSUSE panel layout, GNOME Main Menu no longer crashes.
  • Fixed ubi-timezone error in Ubiquity.
  • Fixed Caja undelete, which was causing Caja to crash or fail to undelete.
  • Updated MATE Tweak to 3.5.2a
    • Remove all deprecated GTK properties.
    • Make irrelevant UI elements insensitive rather than being hidden.
    • Fix retaining the current theme settings when switching to Metacity.
    • Fix Plank not being left running when saving a custom theme.
    • Fix leaving multiple volume applets enabled when switching panel layouts.
    • Fix CTRL+C not closing MATE Tweak.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Welcome to 1.0.3.5
    • Removed Simple Screen Recorder, it is not compatible with Ubuntu MATE 15.10 or any 15.10 flavour.
    • Remove Synapse, it has an intermitent issue resulting in segmentation fault on Ubuntu MATE 15.10.
  • Updated the boot screen artwork in the ISO image. Bigger, more consistent, and higher contrast for visually impaired users.
  • Updated Plank to 0.10.1.
  • Prepared Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2.

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Raspberry Pi 2

We are delighted to release Ubuntu MTE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 on release day along side the other supported architectures. You can find out more and download the image from the Ubuntu MATE Raspberry Pi page.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 is also available for the Raspberry Pi 2.


Thanks

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Ubuntu MATE 15.10. A side from the core team there are few people who deserve a public “Thank you!”

Community

Many thanks to David Chadderton from Webspresso, Rohith Madhavan, quidsup, Tim Apple, Jack Mohegan and Linux Scoop for the new community contributed artwork and videos.

Thank you to Luke Horwell for adding the animations, transitions and categorisation to Ubuntu MATE Welcome. Thanks to Larry Bushey, from Going Linux podcast, for adding and updating the content for Introduction and Features in Ubuntu MATE Welcome. Thanks also to Matt Hartley, from Freedom Penguin, for helping with the Ubuntu MATE Welcome Software selection.

Thanks to Joe Ressington, Isaac Carter and Albert Hickey, from The Pi Podcast, for testing Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2. You really helped ironout some kinks and improved the release quality for everyone.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has reported issues, provided feedback or donated to Ubuntu MATE. Your feedback has been vital to understanding what improvements people most want to see. We do listen, so keep the feedback coming.

Canonical

In addition to the efforts of the Ubuntu MATE team and the Ubuntu MATE community, we are also grateful for the help and support we’ve recieved from the following Canonical employees:

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

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 15.10 Press Kit

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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2 is coming

The Ubuntu MATE team have been working on a revised image for the Raspberry Pi 2 based on Ubuntu MATE 15.10. It will be released on October 22nd 2015.

The Raspberry Pi community have been generous with their donations to Ubuntu MATE so we felt we really needed to improve Ubuntu MATE with those people’s requirements firmly in mind.

So we’re sharing the feedback we’ve recieved about Ubuntu MATE 15.04 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and how we’ve (hopefully) improved the 15.10 release based on the that feedback.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 is coming to the Raspberry Pi 2 on October 22nd 2015

Makers

Talking to makers at Raspberry Jams, and online, it is clear they want better “out of the box” GPIO support. Makers really like having access to the extensive software repository that the Ubuntu base provides, but miss some of the Raspberry Pi specific software.

The Ubuntu MATE desktop is popular with Makers as a full desktop environment in which to develop and run graphical applications, but sometimes the overhead of X11 and a full desktop is not desirable.

Improvements for Makers

  • Added essential Python 2.7.x and Python 3.4.x libraries.
  • Added raspi-gpio.
  • Added python-rpi.gpio and python3-rpi.gpio.
  • Added python-serial and python3-serial.
  • Added python-picamera and python3-picamera.
  • Added python-sense-hat and python3-sense-hat.
  • Added udev rules for gpio, input, i2c, spi2, vchiq.
  • Added /usr/local/sbin/adduser.local hook to automatically add new users to the adm, gpio, i2c, input, spi2 and video groups.
  • Added openssh-server with first-boot host key regeneration.
  • Added graphical a utility to disable/enable the MATE desktop environment for easily creating a headless “server”.

Most of the above has been ported and packaged in a PPA so updates can be delivered automatically via the update manager. If we learn of new Raspberry Pi specific software, that is in demand, we can port it and add it to the PPA.

Raspbian Tourists

Raspberry Pi users already familiar with Raspbian find the subtle differences between Raspbian and Ubuntu MATE frustrating. For example, being pinned to one kernel version, forever. For those who were able to use oem-config (the first boot wizard) successfully, it was popular but also very slow. Sadly for some, it was also extremely unreliable. For others, they never got Ubuntu MATE to work at all :-(.

Improvements for Raspbian Tourists

  • Removed oem-config.
    • First boot is much, much faster.
  • Included Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
    • Provides a Getting Started area for completing the initial system configuration, as a replacement for the oem-config wizard.
  • Updated to Linux 4.1.10.
    • The kernel, firmware and drivers are taken from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and rpi-update is included to easily update the kernel and firmware to the latest release.

People new to Raspberry Pi

People entirely new to the Raspberry Pi community really like the Ubuntu MATE desktop and how the interface can be changed to look somewhat like Windows or Mac OS X. However, while Ubuntu MATE includes a full office suite and many useful applications, users new to the Raspberry Pi and Linux communities don’t know how to install applications to complete common tasks. They find the initial boot screen “scary”. They mostly connect a screen via HDMI and are frustrated that no audio is available via HDMI by default. We’ve heard that last one from Makers too.

Improvements for new Raspberry Pi users

  • Included Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
    • Provides Software area to easily find and install many best in class applications that intergrate well with Ubuntu MATE.
  • /boot/config.txt is now fully documented.
  • Fixed framebuffer so it now uses 32-bit colour depth.
  • When HDMI is connected audio is sent over HDMI by default.
  • Enabled Plymouth to improve startup and shutdown performance and make the initial boot screen less scary.

Raspberry Pi for Children

Children really like the Ubuntu MATE desktop, but they have very sad faces when they discover it doesn’t include Scartch or Minecraft.

Improvements for Children (and big children)

  • Added Minecraft Pi Edition 0.1.1-4 and its Python bindings.
  • Added Scratch 20150916 (nuscratch)
  • Added Sonic Pi 2.7.0-1.
  • Added python-astropi and python3-astropi.
  • Added python-pygame.

Kodi users

We think it’s great so many of you want to run Kodi on Ubuntu MATE. But…

Improvements for Kodi users

  • Use OpenELEC ;-)
  • omxplayer is still included and we are hoping to include a GUI for it.

We might, only with fair weather and following wind, make a Kodi build for Ubuntu MATE. But don’t bet on it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts

So there you have it, that’s what you can expect in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2. Thank you all for talking to us at Raspberry Jams and posting your feedback on the Ubuntu MATE community. We really were listening.

A release candidate image has been sent off for final testing to our crack team of, erm, testers. When Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 is ready we’ll update our Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 page. See you October 22nd :-).

Ubuntu MATE September 2015 supporters

First of all, sorry this months supporter update is late. We’ve been super busy finishing off Ubuntu MATE 15.10 and something had to give. Sorry, I hope you all understand.

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.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for September 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for September 2015.
  • £65 Raspberry Pi Touch Display and Stand
    • So we can make sure Ubuntu MATE supports it.

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!

Saving some funds for future projects

Although we have a surplus of funds this month we did not sponsor any other projects. This break in tradition is for two reasons:

  • Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 will be released next week and we anticiapte a surge in downloads. We are putting some cash aside for what we expect to be an expensive bandwidth bill next month :-)
  • We are going to run some small paid projects for Ubuntu MATE during the 16.04 development cycle. We are saving the remainder of this months surplus for that initiative, the details of which will be shared here in due course.

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Patrons

Many thanks to the Ubuntu MATE patrons who collectively donated $457.0 this month.

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  • A total of $1005.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $909.32, of which $654.78 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €27.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €24.45.
  • A total of £25.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £23.35.

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Beta 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 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 Beta 1 release?

Here’s what changed in Ubuntu MATE 15.10 since Beta 1.

  • Migration MATE 1.10 is complete.
    • Atril now supports ePub.
    • MATE Sensors Applet now supports NVIDIA GPUs.
    • For more details see the MATE 1.10 Release Notes.
  • Added Lightning Calendar plugin to Thunderbird, including Google calendar support.
  • Added new community contributed “Keep Calm” wallpaper by Tim Apple.
  • Updated Blueman to 2.0 - Manys thanks to the Xubuntu team for helping with this.
    • Now uses BlueZ 5.34.
    • Brings many Bluetooth improvements and fixes.
  • Updated Plank to 0.10 - Now has icon zooming and improved window dodging.
  • Update Galculator to 2.14 - Fixes LP: 1474571
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Welcome to 1.0.3.3
    • Correct the category Ubuntu MATE Welcome is listed under.
    • Highlight the Software button.
    • Added Asunder.
    • Added FileZilla.
    • Added Iced Tea (Java) browser plugin.
    • Added Pulse Audio Volume Control.
    • Added Rapid Photo Downloader.
    • Added SuperTuxKart.
    • Update text for GIMP to mention that CMYK plug-ins are included.
  • Workaround for Marco crashing on some IGPs.
    • A proper fix is available upstream and will be made available as an update soon.
  • Fixed python-caja. Caja Plugins were completely broken.

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

  • Upgrading from Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to 15.10 does not work reliably.
    • A patch for this is pending and will be included in the October 15th release candiate.
    • LP: 1499078
  • Depending on your location Ubiquity may trigger an ubi-timezone error.
    • The work around is to install without an active network connection. This affects all flavours.
    • LP: 1462688
  • The menu used in the openSUSE panel layout crashes.
    • This is fixed upstream and an update for GNOME Main Menu will be published soon.
  • Using CTRL-Z in Caja to undo file/folder deletion will cause Caja to crash.
    • This is fixed upstream and an update for Caja will be published soon.
    • LP: 1490161
  • 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.

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