Bytemark sponsor Ubuntu MATE

A couple of weeks ago the Bytemark Managing Director, Matthew Bloch, contacted the Ubuntu MATE team to offer free hosting for the project. As of August 18th 2016 all the Ubuntu MATE infrastucture is hosted on Bytemark Cloud Servers.

Bytemark

Bytemark are generously sponsoring Ubuntu MATE.

Why did Bytemark make such a generous offer?

Well, it turns out they’re a bunch of good eggs who’ve been sponsoring free software projects and free culture podcasts since Bytemark was formed. Other projects currently being suported by Bytemark include Debian, LibreOffice, Kodi, Open Street Map, My Society and Code Club.

Matthew Bloch had this to say:

I’m happy to announce that Bytemark is supporting the Ubuntu MATE operating system project, which is based on a traditional computer desktop. We’re providing hosting for its community forums & wiki and bandwidth for its very popular Raspberry Pi distribution.

The MATE project’s admirable goal is “to add support for new technologies while preserving a classic desktop experience”. Ubuntu MATE combines this desktop with the well-tested OS base of Ubuntu (which itself builds on our first love Debian. All of that ensures that anyone who wants a simple computer desktop can get one, on any computer, free of charge.

Personally speaking, Ubuntu MATE feels like a great model for a free software community. They run a crowd-funding campaign and write a monthly report on exactly how those funds are spent. After paying direct costs, they pay contributors to work on much-needed features, and also to developers of other projects that they depend on. While the amounts might be small, this is uncommon ambition, and a sign of a well-managed and motivated community.

Matthew Bloch, Bytemark Managing Director.

Bytemark

More information about Bytemark is available from www.bytemark.co.uk

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And Martin Wimpress had this to say:

I am absolutely delighted that Bytemark reached out to Ubuntu MATE and generously offered to cover all our hosting and bandwidth requirements. We now have a resilient pair of geographically separated Cloud Servers powering the Ubuntu MATE websites, community forums and Raspberry Pi image downloads. This will enable Ubuntu MATE to channel far more of the money raised via our crowd-funding into sponsored development of Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop related projects. In Bytemark we have found a company whose commitment and beliefs towards free software are aligned with our own. On behalf of the Ubuntu MATE community I extend my sincere thanks to everyone at Bytemark for their support.

Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu MATE Project Leader.

About Bytemark

Bytemark was founded with a simple mission: reliable, UK hosting. Co-founders Matthew Bloch & Peter Taphouse, both engineers by nature built the business from the ground up.

Today, they lead a team of 29 staff who operate Bytemark’s own data centre in York, monitor its 10Gbps national network and deliver 24/7 support to clients of all sizes. Brands hosted on Bytemark’s network include the Royal College of Art, data.gov.uk and DVLA Auctions.

More information about Bytemark is available online at www.bytemark.co.uk

Ubuntu MATE July 2016 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who invested in the Ubuntu MATE project 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 fund some developers to work on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.

Thank you!

How will this months crowd funding be spent?

This months crowd funding will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and server costs for July 2016.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for July 2016.
  • Paid €586.56 (taking into account currency variations) to 5 Open Source developers for working on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.
  • This brings Ubuntu MATEs total funding to other Open Source projects and developers to approximately $8744.65 (taking into account currency variations).
  • We will be reviewing how we can put the surplus funds from previous months to good use and expand our contributor rewards to finance some additional development activities.

Although Ubuntu MATE is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and new Ubuntu MATE releases are now distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are serving ~2000 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 and another ~95 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source

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 July 2016 Ubuntu MATE have paid several Open Source developers to work on Ubuntu MATE or MATE Desktop projects.

  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £100 - For development of Ubuntu MATE Welcome and Ubuntu MATE Start Page.
  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £100 - For improving and refining MATE Dock Applet on GTK3.
  • Developer of (Fedora) - €350 For migrating Ubuntu MATE themes to GTK 3.20

Thank you to everyone who has invested in Ubuntu MATE, you are really making a difference to the development of Ubuntu MATE and the MATE Desktop.

Please Invest

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 invested $1159.01 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 $1902.94 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1723.81, of which $1375.04 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €243.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €229.93.
  • A total of £55.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £51.42.
  • A total of 0.04165 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) for distribution on October 13th, 2016 With this Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2
As is now customary, our release artwork was made by Ghost Sixtyseven.

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 16.10 Alpha 1 release?

First of all, Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2 owes a debt of gratitude to:

  • Luke Horwell for developing Ubuntu MATE Welcome and the new Ubuntu MATE Start Page.
  • Robin Thompson for improving MATE Dock Applet and adding new UI features built on GTK3+
  • Wolfgang Ulbrich for adding GTK 3.18 theme support to Ambiant MATE and Radiant MATE.
  • Vlad Orlov for migrating MATE components to GTK3+ and helping improve Indicator support in MATE Desktop 1.14.

This is what have been updated or added.

  • Added MATE Heads-Up Display (HUD)
    • Runs menubar commands, much like the Unity 7 HUD. Disabled by default, but can be enabled via MATE Tweak.
    • Once activated the HUD can be invoked via CTRL + ALT + Space.
  • Upgraded to MATE Tweak 16.10.4
    • Improved Indicator support with the introduction of the Message Menu.
    • Added option to enable the MATE Heads-Up Display (HUD)
  • Upgraded to MATE Dock Applet 0.73
    • Drag and drop rearranging of dock icons.
    • Redesigned the window list which appears when the mouse is hovered over a dock icon.
    • Window titles are ellipsized if they are too long.
    • Additional actions that the application supports are now shown at the top of the window list.
    • Pinning and Unpinning is now always shown at the bottom of the window list.
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.10.7
    • Auto focus the search text entry.
    • Updated translations.
  • Firefox now has a customised Ubuntu MATE Start Page.
  • Cheese has been re-instated as a default application.
  • Indicator Session has been re-instated in Ubiquity while installing Ubuntu MATE.
  • The .iso image is approximately 150MB smaller.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.10

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu family issues

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

  • Choosing an Entire Disk install on PowerPC may result in an unbootable system.

  • R300 GPU accelerated graphics do not work on PowerPC

  • Ubiquity installer Slideshows and Ubuntu MATE Welcome display a blank window on PowerPC. This is due to a bug in WebKit 2.

  • 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 16.04.1 LTS

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS Final Release

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1

Join the other 400,000 people who downloaded Ubuntu MATE 16.04 between April 21st 2016 and July 21st 2016 and experience a retrospective future.

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What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 16.04 release?

Here are the changes specific to Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1:

  • Ubuntu MATE Welcome fixes.
    • Fix Raspberry Pi partition resizer.
    • Remove obsolete linux-firmware-nonfree from the install options.
    • Correct some strings so translations are exposed.
  • Ubuntu MATE Artwork fixes.
    • Fix Calendar styling.
    • Fix progress bars so they are one colour.
    • Make GTK2 and GTK3 scrollbars consistent.
  • Ubuntu MATE Settings fixes.
    • Fix switching keyboard layouts using Alt + Shift.
  • Ubiquity fixes.
    • Now prompts to join available WiFi networks during the install.
  • Fixed shutdown/restart of the live session in Virtualbox and VMWare guests.

Here are the general Ubuntu family changes since 16.04

  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes/ChangeSummary/16.04.1

MATE Desktop 1.14

We’ve published a PPA containing MATE 1.14 that is designed to work with Ubuntu MATE 16.04. You can find out what changed in MATE Desktop 1.14 from the upstream release announcement.

MATE Desktop 1.14 for Ubuntu MATE 16.04

If you want the latest MATE Desktop for Ubuntu MATE 16.04 than add our PPA and upgrade.

Get MATE Desktop 1.14

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

PowerPC

  • No slides are displayed in Ubiquity Slideshow while installing Ubuntu MATE on PowerPC.
  • 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 June 2016 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who invested in the Ubuntu MATE project 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 fund some developers to work on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.

Thank you!

How will this months crowd funding be spent?

This months crowd funding will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and server costs for June 2016.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for June 2016.
  • Paid €781 (taking into account currency variations) to 5 Open Source developers for working on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.
  • This brings Ubuntu MATEs total funding to other Open Source projects and developers to approximately $8158.09 (taking into account currency variations).
  • We will be reviewing how we can put the surplus funds from previous months to good use and expand our contributor rewards to finance some additional development activities.

Although Ubuntu MATE is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and new Ubuntu MATE releases are now distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are serving ~2000 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 and another ~95 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source

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 June 2016 Ubuntu MATE have paid several Open Source developers to work on Ubuntu MATE or MATE Desktop projects.

  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £150 - For development of Ubuntu MATE Welcome and Software Boutique.
  • Developer of (Fedora) €350 - For migrating Ubuntu MATE themes to MATE 1.14 built against GTK 3.18
  • Developer of (Debian) €50 - For fixing and maintaining Engrampa, the MATE archive manager.
  • Developer of (Debian) €50 - For packaging MATE in Debian.
  • Developer of (Linux Mint) - €150 - For migrating MATE components to GTK3 and fixing Indicator support in MATE 1.14.

Thank you to everyone who has invested in Ubuntu MATE, you are really making a difference to the development of Ubuntu MATE and the MATE Desktop.

Please Invest

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 invested $1156.51 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 $2244.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $2042.59, of which $1557.67 was received as Download Tips.
  • A total of €234.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €220.02.
  • A total of £67.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £63.48.
  • A total of 0.03776723 BTC was donated.