Ubuntu MATE 16.10

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

It’s GTK3+ baby, all of it!

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 is, more or less, a re-working of Ubuntu MATE from scratch, not just to accomodate GTK3+ but to also make most of the packages shipped by default with Ubuntu MATE “Recommended”. This means most default applications can now be uninstalled without issue.

The work to port MATE Desktop to GTK3+ has been ongoing for a couple of years and Ubuntu MATE is the first major distribution to ship a full GTK3+ implementation of the MATE Desktop. And the absolute latest release too, MATE Desktop 1.16! Firefox and LibreOffice are also GTK3+ only in Yakkety.

This has been no small undertaking, we’ve changed toolkits twice this cycle. First from GTK 2.24.x to GTK 3.18, and then again to GTK 3.20. The themes required two significant upgrades during this process. We’ve also upgraded through three MATE Desktop versions this cycle, starting from 1.12 to 1.14, to 1.15 and finally to 1.16.

We originally planned to complete the migration to GTK3+ for the Ubuntu MATE 17.04 release, but thanks to those of you who have generously supported the Ubuntu MATE crowd-funding we’ve achieved that objective well ahead of schedule!

Ubuntu MATE have paid €5653 to Open Source developers working on MATE Desktop and Ubuntu MATE projects during the six months of the Ubuntu MATE 16.10 development cycle. You, the Ubuntu MATE community, have made it possible to complete the migration to GTK3+ half a year early!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu MATE Project Leader.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.10

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What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 2 release?

This is what has been added, updated or removed.

  • Upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.16.0
    • The entire MATE Desktop suite has been upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.16.0
    • Many, many, bug fixes.
    • Translation updates.
  • Upgraded Ubuntu MATE Artwork 16.10.9
    • Fix Firefox download progress bars. (LP: #1630224)
    • Fix Unlock button for Time and Date Settings. (LP: #1630910)
    • Fix Back/Forward navigation buttons in Yelp. (LP: #1624574)
    • Fix Firefox Search/Location entry box borders. (LP: #1624738)
    • Fix Firefox menu items.
    • Fix Advanced Menu themes to use flat elements. (LP: #1630366, #1624755)
    • Fix OSD colors. (LP: #1630538)
    • Fix LibreOffice toolbars and theme. (LP: #1624571, #1550990)
    • Fix symbolic icons for GtkExpander.
    • Fix Transmission progress bars. (LP: #1624565)
    • Fix Indicator Applet on transparent panels. (LP: #1598159)
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.10.10
    • Correct description for Adobe Flash. (LP: #1630266)
    • Add keyboard navigation support. (LP: #1616203)
    • Fix Getting Started sections not re-closing. (LP: #1626909)
    • Fix broken images in bulk queue. (LP: #1626896)
    • Fix notifications for bulk queue operations. (LP: #1626899)
    • Fix “Upgrade Installed Packages” button. (LP: #1626907)
    • Fix inoperable introduction links.
    • Fix Getting Started hints not appearing.
    • Hide “open at login” checkbox for live and guest sessions.
    • Remove ocenaudio. (LP: #1613410)
    • Remove duplicate navigation buttons.
    • Many other minor fixes and refinements.
  • Upgraded to MATE Dock Applet 0.75
    • Application actions now have their own popup window, which can be disabled if required.
    • Window list now appears in response to a click on an application icon when it has more than one window open.
    • Action lists and window list colours now match the panel.
    • Optional Compiz integration, to provide previews of an applications open windows.
    • Bug fixes.
  • Many other bug fixes including:
    • Fixed booting PowerPC iso on PowerMac G5 7,3. (LP: #1626332)
    • Fixed LightDM Guest Session warning dialog. (LP: #1627395)
    • Fixed Display Preferences not working. (LP: #1628209)
    • Fixed changing the size of the MATE Terminal. (LP: #1615443)
    • Removed colour customisations (not supported in GTK3+) from Appearence Preferences. (LP: #1626960)
    • Removed background support (not supported in GTK3+) from Caja. (LP: #1628180)

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu MATE issues

  • It is not possible to enable ‘Hide proprietary applications’ or ‘Enable Bulk Queue’ in Ubuntu MATE Welcome. (LP: #1632680)
    • A fix has been published and will be available via updates a few days after release.
    • You can also subscribe Software Boutique to updates (in the lower left of the Software Boutique window) and get the fix now!
  • MATE Optimus crashes on start-up if you have a nvidia hybrid graphics and the nvidia proprietary drivers installed. (LP: #1632685)
    • A fix has been published and will be available via updates a few days after release.

You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported.

Ubuntu family issues

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

  • Booting the image on UEFI hardware may fail to complete, only showing a blank screen.

    • This is caused by an issue with the UEFI Shim and has been reported to fail on ThinkPad laptops as well as in QEMU virtual machines. Other devices may also be affected. This issue is expected to be resolved for the final release.
    • (LP: #1624096)
  • Choosing an Entire Disk install on PowerPC will result in an unbootable system.

    • The work around is to manually partition your hard disk and create a 1GB ext2 /boot partition.
    • (LP: #1606089), (LP: #1607128)
  • Ubiquity installer Slideshows and Ubuntu MATE Welcome display a blank window on PowerPC.

  • R300 GPU accelerated graphics do not work on PowerPC

  • Running Linux on PowerPC can require some tinkering and the following are useful references.

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 September 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. As usual we’ve be 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 CDN, WAF and email charges for September 2016.
  • Paid €880 (taking into account currency variations) to Open Source developers for working on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.
  • This brings Ubuntu MATEs total funding to Open Source projects and developers to approximately $10555.33 (taking into account currency variations).

Thank you!

Project Sponsorship

A huge thank you to everyone at Bytemark for sponsoring Ubuntu MATE and covering all our hosting and server costs for September 2016. This sponsorship means most of the Ubuntu MATE crowd funding can be directed towards funding development projects. :-D

Bytemark

Supporting Open Source

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month Ubuntu MATE has surplus funds we will make contributions to Open Source projects, or developers working on projects, that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.

This month Ubuntu MATE has paid several Open Source developers to work on Ubuntu MATE or MATE Desktop projects.

  • Developer of (Fedora) - €350 For improving Ubuntu MATE themes integration with GTK 3.20
  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £200 - For developing and fixing bugs in Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Developer of (Debian) - €300 For reviewing and sponsoring uploads of MATE 1.16 to Debian.

Unfortunately one of the MATE Developers is having difficulty with their bank and has been unable to received their July, August or September sponsorship from Ubuntu MATE. We have €300 set aside for when we are able to make a successful transfer.

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 $1281.01 this month.

Monthly supporter

Become a monthly supporter at Patreon. Patrons get exclusive project updates.

Become a Patron

Thank you to all 357 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $2007.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1819.38, of which $1331.51 was received as Download Tips and $112.54 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €147.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €138.3, of which €6.54 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £118.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £111.29, of which £7.13 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.05148348 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 2

We are totally over excited (like we’ve been eating candy floss and toffee apples all night) about this final beta release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10, that now features MATE Desktop 1.15.1 :-D

From this point forward we’ll be focusing on fixing as many issues as we can on the lead up to the final release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10. The 16.10 development cycle has been all about the migration to GTK3+ and creating the new foundations upon which to build our “retrospective future”.

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

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 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 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 16.10 Beta 1 release?

This is what has been added, updated or removed.

  • Upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.15.1
    • The entire MATE Desktop suite has been upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.15.x
    • These are the final development snapshots and bring many bug fixes and GTK3+ compatibility improvements.
    • MATE Desktop 1.16 will be available via updates soon!
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE themes which significantly improves GTK 3.20 compatibility.
  • An update for Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.10.9 is available for install now.
    • Auto-focus the search box.
    • Refine Getting Started.
    • Refine header/footer shadows and footer icons.
    • Reduce flickering under non Ambiant-MATE themes.
    • Fixed installs for Audio Recorder, Gajim, InSync, KDE Connect Indicator, Kodi, Hedgewars, HipChat, MakeMKV, OBS Studio, Play on Linux, Ubuntu SDK, Ubuntu Software, Veracrypt and Wine Devel.
    • Added Deja-Dup, Brasero, gElemental, GNS3, Thunderbird and Skype for Linux Alpha.
    • Many bug fixes.
  • Fixed MATE Tweak segfault when switching to Compiz due to a gsettings schema change in Metacity.
  • Fixed Weather reports and forecasts.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.10

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

Download

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu MATE issues

  • Nothing significant.

Ubuntu family issues

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

  • Booting the live image on UEFI hardware may fail to complete, only showing a blank screen.

    • This is caused by an issue with the UEFI Shim and has been reported to fail on Thinkpad laptops as well as in QEMU virtual machines. Other devices may also be affected.
    • #1624096
  • LibreOffice 5.2.1 has bugs in it’s GTK3+ implementation that results white borders being shown around the toolbars in dark themes.

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

    • The work around is to manually partition your hard disk and create an ext2 boot partition.
    • #1606089, #1607128
  • PowerPC iso fails to boot with linux-image-4.8.0-11-generic on PowerMac G5 7,3

    • It does work on PowerBook G4 5,6 and 5,8.
    • #1626332
  • Ubiquity installer Slideshows and Ubuntu MATE Welcome display a blank window on PowerPC.

  • R300 GPU accelerated graphics do not work 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 August 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 CDN, WAF and email charges for August 2016.
  • Paid €739 (taking into account currency variations) to 4 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 $9569.14 (taking into account currency variations).

Thank you!

Project Sponsorship

A huge thank you to everyone at Bytemark for sponsoring Ubuntu MATE and covering all our hosting and server costs for August 2016. This sponsorship means most of the Ubuntu MATE crowd funding can be directed towards funding development projects. :-D

Bytemark

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

  • Developer of (Fedora) - €350 For migrating Ubuntu MATE themes to GTK 3.20
  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £100 - For developing Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Developer of (Debian) - €150 For reviewing and sponsoring uploads of MATE 1.14 to Debian.
  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £100 - For developing MATE Dock Applet.

Unfortunately one of the MATE Developer is having difficulty with their bank and has been unable to received their July or August sponsorship from Ubuntu MATE. We have €200 set aside for when we are able to make a successful transfer.

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 $1210.51 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

Thank you to all 360 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1889.13 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1708.72, of which $1324.91 was received as Download Tips and $89.78 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €191.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €178.31, of which €11.02 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £157.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £149.38, of which £1.73 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.05942235 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 1

We are underwhelmed to announce, quite possibly, our most uninteresting beta release E-V-E-R! ;-) This beta release is all about the plumbing that transitions Ubuntu MATE to GTK 3.20. It really isn’t very interesting from an end-users perspective.

From this point forward we’ll be focusing on fixing as many issues as we can on the lead up to Beta 2 and the final release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10. The 16.10 development cycle was all about the migration to GTK3+ and creating the new foundations upon which to build our “retrospective future”.

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

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 1
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 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 16.10 Alpha 2 release?

This is what has been added, updated or removed.

  • Migrated to GTK 3.20
    • This has been a huge undertaking and was only made possible thanks to the Ubuntu MATE crowd funding which has funded the updating of the Ubuntu MATE themes and some upstream GTK3+ porting.
  • Updated to MATE Dock Applet 0.74
    • Which didn’t make the iso image, but will be immediately available as an update.
  • Updated many MATE packages for improved GTK 3.20 support
    • caja 1.14.2
    • mate-settings-daemon 1.14.1
    • mate-session-manager 1.14.1
    • mate-panel 1.14.2
    • mate-control-center 1.14.1
    • mate-media 1.14.1
    • mate-system-monitor 1.14.1
    • atril 1.14.2
    • caja-extensions 1.14.1
    • eom 1.14.2
    • mate-applets 1.14.1
    • mate-terminal 1.14.1
    • mate-utils 1.14.1
    • pluma 1.14.1
  • Rebuilt a few MATE package for improved GTK 3.20 support
    • mate-notification-daemon
    • mate-screen-saver
    • mate-power-manager
  • Removed MATE Heads-Up Display (HUD)
    • Testing during Alpha 2 revealed some show stopping issues. We will revisit this feature in 17.04.
    • If you installed Ubuntu MATE 16.10 prior to Beta 1 then please sudo apt purge mate-hud.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.10

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

Download

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu MATE issues

  • MATE Tweak will segfault when switching to Compiz due to a gsettings schema change in Metacity.
    • A fix has already been commited and an updated package will land soon after Beta 1.
  • Weather reports in the Clock and Weather applets are currently unavailable.

    • A fix has already been commited and an updated package will land soon after Beta 1.
  • The Mutiny theme can be unstable, updates to fix this will land soon after Beta 1.

    • Updates for topmenu-gtk 0.3 package which now has GTK3+ support for MATE Desktop.
  • Some GTK3+ theming is incorrect.
    • The remaining theming issues will be addressed over on the lead up to Beta 2.

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.