Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 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 release?

I’d like to extend my thanks to Luke Horwell for all his hard work in the Alpha 2 release. Thank you Luke!

Here what changed in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 since Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1.

  • Updated to MATE Desktop 1.12.1.
    • Fixes and improvements for GTK3 support across the entire MATE Desktop including GTK 3.18 support.
    • Touchpad support is significantly improved and now features multi touch and natural scrolling.
    • Multi monitor support has been improved so the display settings use output names and the revised UI lets you set the primary monitor.
    • The power applet now displays model and vendor information so you can distinguish between multiple battery powered devices.
    • Improved session management which now includes screensaver inhibition while playing media.
    • MATE now listens to the org.gnome.SessionManager namespace.
    • Extended systemd support.
    • Long standing bugs and many little usability paper-cuts were fixed.
    • For example, panel applets are no longer reordered when changing screen resolutions.
    • The Control Contre and System menu categorisations are now consistent.
    • See the MATE Desktop 1.12 release announcement for more details.
  • Updated to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.04.1
    • New Ambience theme for the navigation bar.
    • Added System Specifications page.
    • Added detection of graphics card (including VirtualBox) including one-click enablement of the graphics-drivers PPA.
    • Added one-click enablement of the LibreOffice Fresh PPA to continually track stable LibreOffice releases.
    • Added Firmware and Codecs one-click installers to Getting Started.
    • Added new page for live sessions and guest sessions and hides privileged features when launched in guest sessions.
    • Added category labels to the Software section.
    • Improved code re-use for footers (uses JavaScript)
    • Improved presentation to Introduction and Features.
    • Improve page transitions and added expandable/collapsible sub-sections.
    • Hints appear after opening utilities.
    • Updated Firefox, LibreOffice and Control Centre icons.
    • Removed links on software icons. Users were getting confused why this opened a web page.
    • Added miscellaneous tasks to update cache, fix an incomplete install and fix broken dependencies.
    • Added 0 A.D, Ambient Noise, Aptik, Audio Recorder, Bazaar Explorer, BtSync, Boot Repair, Caja Share, Chromium BSU, Dia, DVD Styler, EasyTAG, Emby, Enpass, Evolution, Extreme Tux Racer, FlightGear, FocusWriter, Frozen Bubble, GCompris, Git-Cola, Glade, Gobby, GParted, Hedgewars, HPLIP-GUI, KDE Connect Indicator, LibreOffice Base, LibreOffice Draw, LibreOffice Math, LibreOffice (fresh), Liferea, Minecraft Server, MySQL Workbench, My Paint, Neverball, Neverputt, Nexuiz, Opera, OpenSSH, Owncloud Client, Parcellite, PlayOnLinux, Poedit, Recent Notifications, RedNoteBook, ReText, Stellarium, Teeworlds, Tor Browser, Virt Manager, WarZone 2100, Wesnoth.
    • Updated Dropbox, VeraCrypt and X2Go.
    • Updated VirtualBox. Closes (LP: #1537395)
    • Installing Adobe Flash now uses flashplugin-installer.
  • Updated MATE Tweak to 3.5.5
    • Added support for Compton hardware compositing for Marco and Metacity.
    • Update window manager replacement to correctly migrate xcursor settings.
    • Updated process killing to be less invasive and a pure Python implementation.
    • Updated translations.
    • Removed Muffin support. It is not compatible with MATE.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Settings to 16.04.1
    • Added Mutiny panel layout. (Requires mate-dock-applet)
    • Updated custom menu entries to reduce clutter.
    • Updated gsettings override to improve default behaviour.
    • Corrected LibreOffice default icons to use Human.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Artwork to 16.04.1
  • Update MATE Menu to 5.6.7.
    • Fixed 64-bit pointers for the C-Python interface. Thanks to György Balló from Arch Linux.
    • Fixed several calls to Gdk.Color(). Thanks to XRevan86 from OpenSUSE.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE so DVD and BluRay libraries are pre-installed. This doesn’t mean DVD and BluRay will play out-of-the-box! But DVD playback can be fully enabled via Ubuntu MATE Welcome..
  • Updated the languages shipped on the DVD image. The full rationale on how we choose the languages and what we install is at https://launchpad.net/bugs/1520278.
  • Updated Shotwell to include online account plugins.
  • Improved support for braille displays.
  • Improved xdg-utils support.
  • Removed LibreOffice Math and LibreOffice Draw, they can now be added via Ubuntu MATE Welcome.

Thanks to everyone from the Ubuntu MATE community who contributed to this release!

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

Download

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu family issues

This is our known list of bugs that affect all flavours.

  • The cryptsetup password prompt is not shown.
  • Plymouth does not display the graphical boot splash.
  • Shutdown/Restart of the live session does not work in Virtualbox and VMWave guests.
  • The input box for editing a Wired connection static IP address doesn’t appear correctly.

Ubuntu MATE issues

This is our known list of bugs that jut affect Ubuntu MATE.

  • Trying to install BtSync, Recent Notifications, Evolution, Opera and Ambient Noise via Ubuntu MATE Welcome will fail.
  • System Information in Ubuntu MATE Welcome display “No Information Available”.
  • Activating a Compton composited Window Manager in Virtualbox, without installing Guest Additions drivers, will lock up the desktop.

The issues outlined above will be resolved via updates.

PowerPC

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 16.04 Alpha 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 With this Alpha 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 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 release?

Here what changed in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1 since Ubuntu MATE 15.10.

  • Updated to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.04.0
    • Complete overhaul of the user interface.
    • Context menu removed. Closes LP: #1480718
    • Detects if the Ubuntu repositories are available. Closes LP: #1500533
    • Fixes re-install of Minecraft. Closes LP: #1516338
    • Added Variety, Gnote, Planner, gnome-schedule, Redshift.
    • Updated Terminator, VirtualBox, Simple Screen Recorder, Minecraft.
  • Updated MATE Tweak to 3.5.3.
    • Added Keyboard LED Indicator.
    • Added capability to enable/disable animations.
    • Fixed non-translatable strings.
    • Updated translations.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Settings to 16.04.0
    • Enabled GTK styling for QT applications.
    • Enabled Marco animations.
    • Enabled Program List in launcher, accessed via Alt + F2.
    • Updated and sorted default application handlers.
    • Removed (temporarily) the System -> Preferences categorisation.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Artwork to 16.04.0
  • Updated MATE Menu to 5.6.6.
    • Fixed local code injection.

Thanks to everyone from the Ubuntu MATE community who contributed to this release!

Where is MATE 1.12?

It is coming really soon. In fact it should be available via updates in a couple of days after this Alpha 1 release.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

Download

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 December 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 December 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for December 2015.
  • £120.30 for Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker domain registrations.
  • $18.78 to renew SSL/TLS certificates for Ubuntu MATE Community site.
  • $234.78 to upgraded server infrastructure (5 nodes) to support Raspberry Pi 2 image downloads.
  • £100 donated to, Ubuntu MATE developer.

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 ~1200 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2.

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 or developer that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.

For December 2015 Ubuntu MATE have donated £100 a developer contributing to Ubuntu MATE for some time now and is co-developer of Ubuntu MATE Welcome. Luke is taking on the lead developer role for an as yet unannounced project, has recently become an Administrator for the Ubuntu MATE Community and is also working on various artwork improvements. Some of the money donated will go towards a Raspberry Pi 2 development machine so Luke can help ensure Ubuntu MATE Welcome is well supported on the Pi 2.

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 $585.5 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
  • A total of $1303.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1179.14, of which $954.11 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €252.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €237.28.
  • A total of £35.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £32.86.
  • A total of 0.03350882 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE November 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.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for November 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for November 2015.
  • £48.76 for mate-desktop.org (and .net, .com, .info) domain renewals.
  • $20 per month for mate-desktop.org to be added to CloudFlare.
  • £94.98 for a Raspberry Pi 2 with 1TB hard drive to do nightly backups of mate-desktop.org.

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 ~1200 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2.

Thank you!

Saving some funds for future projects

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

  • We have some upcoming infrastructure upgrade costs we need to plan for.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 is very popular and we have a significant upturn in bandwidth usage as a result.
  • 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.

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 $585.5 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
  • A total of $1579.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1442.79, of which $1150.25 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €142.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €133.8.
  • A total of £30.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £28.14.
  • A total of 0.25317429 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE October 2015 supporters

First of all, sorry this months supporter update is late again. Normal service will be resumed next month.

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 October 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for October 2015.

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.

Thank you!

Saving some funds for future projects

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

  • Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2, released last month, is very popular and we have a significant upturn in bandwidth usage as a result.
  • 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.

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 $492.0 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
  • A total of $1292.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1166.95, of which $987.83 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €112.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €104.47.
  • A total of £65.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £60.93.