Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) for distribution on April 13th, 2017 With this Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2

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 final release?

This is what have been updated or added.

  • Upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.17.2
    • The MATE Desktop 1.17 development snapshots are what will become the next stable release of MATE Desktop.
    • Caja and Eye of MATE are both still 1.16 in Alpha 2, newer versions should land via updates soon.
    • All the legacy GTK2+ code has been completely removed from the entire project.
    • Features full support for libinput, a modern library to handle input devices such as mice, trackpads and touch screens for Wayland and X11.
    • mate-panel now supports desktop actions.
    • Eye of MATE and Pluma have been ported to libpeas, which means all the plugins are back!
    • Many, many, bug fixes.
    • Translation updates.
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Artwork 17.04.1
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 17.04.1
    • Updated the Software Boutique for 17.04
    • Update the DVD playbackback install to support DVD and Blu-ray.
    • dconf-editor is no longer pre-installed but has been added to the Software Boutique.
    • Updated translations.
  • Dropped PowerPC
  • The .iso images are approximately 200MB smaller.

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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.

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.

MATE Desktop 1.16 for Ubuntu MATE 16.04

The Ubuntu MATE Patrons have already received this information, but here’s an update for everyone.

A popular question in the Ubuntu MATE community among the 16.04 users is:

When can I get MATE Desktop 1.16 for Ubuntu MATE 16.04?

The answer is, now. Right now.

About MATE Desktop 1.16


We’ve published a PPA containing MATE 1.16 that is designed to work with Ubuntu MATE 16.04. You can find out what changed in MATE Desktop 1.16 from the upstream release announcement.

You might be wondering why it has taken several months to release this PPA? Here’s why; they’ve been well tested.

The packages in this PPA are derived from the MATE Desktop 1.16 packages that have been prepared for the upcoming Debian 9 (Stretch) release. Issues encountered in Debian have been fixed and we also waited for the all the MATE Desktop bugfix releases, so what you are getting today is actually MATE Desktop 1.16.1.

Upgrade to MATE Desktop 1.16.x

To upgrade Ubuntu MATE 16.04 to MATE Desktop 1.16.x do the following:

Open a terminal using CRTL + ALT + t.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Now restart your computer and you’re running MATE Desktop 1.16.x :-)

Notes

Upgrading to MATE Desktop 1.16 will remove the mate-netspeed packages, but don’t be alarmed, the NetSpeed applet is now included in the mate-applets package. You won’t loose any functionality.

If you see the following prompt during the upgrade, then press Enter to accept [default=N]:

Configuration file '/etc/xdg/autostart/mate-volume-control-applet.desktop'
 ==> Deleted (by you or by a script) since installation.
 ==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
   What would you like to do about it ?  Your options are:
    Y or I  : install the package maintainer's version
    N or O  : keep your currently-installed version
      D     : show the differences between the versions
      Z     : start a shell to examine the situation
 The default action is to keep your current version.
*** mate-volume-control-applet.desktop (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?

The version of MATE Desktop 1.16 in this PPA is mostly built against GTK2+ to ensure compatibility with Ubuntu MATE 16.04 and all the 3rd party MATE applets, plugins and extensions.

That said some applications have been transitioned to GTK3+ such as:

  • Engrampa
  • MATE Notification Daemon
  • MATE PolKit
  • MATE Session Manager
  • MATE Terminal

We hope you enjoy using MATE Desktop 1.16 on Ubuntu MATE 16.04!

Ubuntu MATE December 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 been 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 Content Delivery Network, Web Application Firewall and email charges for December 2016.
  • Paid €1455 (taking into account currency variations) to Open Source developers for working on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.
  • This brings Ubuntu MATEs total funding of Open Source projects and developers to approximately $13773.23 (taking into account currency variations).

Thank you!

Project Sponsorship

A huge thank you to everyone at Bytemark for sponsoring Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop. Bytemark are providing hosting and covering all server/bandwidth costs for both projects. This sponsorship means nearly all 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) - €100 For developing/testing MATE Desktop 1.17, the current in development snapshot.
  • Developer of (Debian) - €100 For updating and uploading of MATE Desktop 1.16 fixes to Debian.
  • Developer of (Solus) - £500 For working on Brisk Menu, a efficient menu for the MATE Desktop.
  • Developer of (elementary) - $700 For updating the folder icons used in Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE.

Unfortunately one of the MATE Developers is having difficulty with their bank and has been unable to receive sponsorship payments since July 2016 and they have also completed a MATE Desktop development project that has a $1000 bounty. We have €1600 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 $1570.51 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 355 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $2000.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1815.33, of which $1367.4 was received as Download Tips and $111.67 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €278.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €261.66, of which €15.5 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £72.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £67.04, of which £10.72 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.04014505 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE November 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 Content Delivery Network, Web Application Firewall and email charges for November 2016.
  • Paid €100 to UbuCon Europe to cover attendance for Martin Wimpress.
  • Paid £33.01 to transfer ownership of mate-desktop.org to Martin Wimpress.
  • Paid £178.68 to renew the domains for mate-desktop.{com,net,org,info}
  • Paid €909.89 (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 $12255.23 (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 yet again! 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) - €200 For bug fixing MATE Desktop 1.16 and working on the MATE spin of Fedora 25.
  • Developer of (Ubuntu MATE) £600 - For working on Ubuntu MATE Welcome and Boutique full-time for one week.

Unfortunately one of the MATE Developers is having difficulty with their bank and has been unable to received their July, August, September, October or November sponsorship from Ubuntu MATE. We have €600 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 $1409.51 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 311 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1850.57 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1683.48, of which $1182.12 was received as Download Tips and $102.08 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €531.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €507.14, of which €15.5 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £52.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £48.76, of which £10.72 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.04359915 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE October 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 October 2016.
  • Paid €659.25 (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 $11286.87 (taking into account currency variations).
  • We’re also going to experiment with Bounty Source for MATE Desktop and Ubuntu MATE to see if this is a suitable platform for rewarding contributors.
    • Some funds have been allocated to support this initiative.

Thank you!

Project Sponsorship

A huge thank you to everyone at Bytemark for sponsoring Ubuntu MATE and covering all our hosting and server costs yet again! 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 migrating Ubuntu MATE themes to GTK 3.20
  • Developer of (Debian) - €100 - For improving MATE 1.16 packaging in Debian.
  • Graphics artist - $210 For updating the Ubuntu MATE themes image assets, including HiDPI variants.
  • Developer of (Fedora) - €20 For a 5 button mouse so we can test a pull request #605 for Caja.

Unfortunately one of the MATE Developers is having difficulty with their bank and has been unable to received their July, August, September or October sponsorship from Ubuntu MATE. We have €500 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 $1409.51 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 385 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $2247.01 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $2040.93, of which $1650.47 was received as Download Tips and $130.76 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €162.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €151.02, of which €11.02 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £42.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £38.9, of which £10.72 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.20965499 BTC was donated.