Ubuntu MATE March 2017 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 March 2017.
  • Paid £28.38 for domain name renewals.
  • Paid €1916.00 (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 $20337.62 (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 from Debian - €100 - For packaging and maintainance of MATE Desktop in Debian.
  • Developer from Solus - €250 - For working on Brisk Menu.
  • Developer from Debian - €100.00 - For maintaining/fixing Engrampa and working on MATE Themes.
  • Developer from Fedora - €700 - For improving the Ubuntu MATE themes.
  • Developer from Linux Mint - €500 - For refining, fixing and maintaining MATE Desktop.
  • Developer from Ubuntu MATE - £100 - For refining, fixing and maintaining Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Developer from Fedora - €150 - For refining, fixing and maintaining MATE Desktop.

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 $1947.01 this month.

Thank you to all 298 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1552.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1404.01, of which $1109.29 was received as Download Tips and $140.7 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €549.58 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €523.19, of which €15.5 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £35.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £32.02, of which £13.54 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.02686323 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Beta 2

We’re absolutely chuffed to bits to announce, what is quite possibly, the best Ubuntu MATE beta we’ve ever released. We didn’t participate in the Beta 1 so we have quite the change log from Alpha 2 that was released in January. We still have some fixes to land for the themes but overall this release is shaping up to be really great.

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

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Beta 2

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 17.04 Alpha 2 release?

Here is a run down of what has been changed, updated or added.

  • Upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.18.0, you can read the MATE 1.18 release announcement for the full details.
    • The entire MATE Desktop suite of applications and components is now GTK3+ only!
    • Added full support for libinput, a modern library to handle input devices such as mice, trackpads and touch screens for Wayland and X11.
    • Separate settings for handedness (left/right-handed) and motion acceleration/threshold.
    • Much improved accessibility support (particularly for visually impaired users), many thanks to our friends at Hypra.fr for their contribution!
    • Lots of deprecated GTK+ methods have been replaced and many bugs have been fixed.
    • Lock screen will load the users selected background instead of the system defined default.
    • Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!
    • Notifications now implement action icons support, for example playback control icons used by media players.
    • Reworked the font viewer to add font browsing mode, support for TTC fonts and the Font Viewer is now exposed in the menus.
    • A number of memory leaks have been plugged.
  • Caja adds several new features including:
    • Added a copy queue and copy pausing.
    • Support for back/forward mouse buttons for directory navigation.
    • Notification when ejected drives are safe to unplug.
  • MATE Panel gets several improvements, including:
    • Added desktop actions support for additional launch options.
    • Added StatusNotifier support.
    • Added support for Menulibre menu editor, if installed it is preferred over Mozo.
  • Engrampa, the archive manager, includes a number of improvements:
    • Added ear and war to the supported types list.
    • Check the rar/unrar version to the correct date is shown.
    • Fixed compressing rar and 7z when split into volumes.
  • MATE Terminal includes a couple of new features:
    • Attempting to close a terminal that has an active process will request confirmation before proceeding.
    • Terminal tabs can be closed with a middle mouse button click.
  • Atril, the document viewer, has much improved page load times and adds support for unarchiver used by some comics.
  • The Eye of MATE and Pluma plugin systems have been refactored:
    • All the Eye of MATE and Pluma plugins are back as a result of all C and Python plugins having been ported to libpeas.
  • Upgraded to Brisk Menu 0.3.0
    • Brisk is a new efficient menu for the MATE Desktop developed by the Solus Project.
    • Integrated in the new Pantheon layout available via MATE Tweak.
    • The Brisk Menu default hotkey is currently Ctrl+F10
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Artwork 17.04.7
    • Scrollbars have been simplified, offer improved compatibility and compliment the updated icon theme we added earlier in the year.
    • Notebooks (tabs to you and me) have had a complete redesign.
    • Headerbars (as used by some GNOME3 applications) are now fully supported in all Ubuntu MATE themes.
    • Added a new fully dark theme, called Ubuntu MATE Dark - Many thanks to the YouTuber Linux & Other Stuff for the contribution!
    • When navigating via keyboard, using tab and cursors, active items now provide a visual hint.
    • Brisk Menu is fully styled to match the look and feel of the Ubuntu MATE themes.
    • Many fixes and improvements, big and small, throughout.
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Settings 17.04.5
    • Added theme integration for kdenlive.
    • Added a new panel layout called Pantheon.
    • Integrated Qt4 and Qt5 theming with GTK+
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 17.04.8
    • Updated several applications and added, the much requested, kdenline.
    • Enabled the Bulk Queue by default, the Software Boutique can now add multiple applications to the install/remove queue and process them via a single operation.
  • Upgraded to MATE Tweak 17.04.2
    • Added support for the new Pantheon layout that uses Brisk Menu.
  • Upgraded to MATE Menu 17.04.2
    • Added support for Menulibre menu editor, if installed it is preferred over Mozo.
  • Upgraded to MATE Dock Applet 0.76
    • Added support for startup notification when launching apps.
    • The applet gets a new look - a new type of indicator and a new type of active icon background have been added.
  • Dropped 32-bit PowerPC support, completely!
  • A-n-d most exciting of all… MATE Calculator is back, ported to GTK3+ and replaces Galculator :-D

Download Ubuntu MATE 17.04

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 significant 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.

Ubuntu MATE February 2017 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 February 2017.
  • Paid €850.00 (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 $18289.22 (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 from Debian - €100 - For packaging Brisk Menu and sponsoring the upload to Debian.
  • Developer from Debian - €100.00 - For maintaining/fixing Engrampa from July 2016 to Januray 2017.
  • Developer from Fedora - €150 - For working on MATE Desktop 1.17 and providing theme fixes for Ubuntu MATE.
  • Developer from Linux Mint - €500 - For refining, fixing and maintaining MATE Desktop from July 2016 to January 2017.

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 $1892.51 this month.

Thank you to all 218 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1340.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1223.36, of which $920.15 was received as Download Tips and $93.12 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €142.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €132.68, of which €19.98 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £26.34 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £24.2, of which £6.36 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.00523 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 for Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

An Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 is now available for download.

Download

Download Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

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The image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 based on the regular Ubuntu armhf base, not the new Ubuntu “Snappy” Core, which means that the installation procedure for applications uses the traditional tools, ie apt-get.

We have done what we can to optimise the build for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3, you can comfortably use applications such as LibreOffice, which in fact is a joy to use :-) But the microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we highly recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card. Ubuntu MATE 16.04 also fully support the built-in Bluetooth and Wifi on the Raspberry Pi 3 and also feature hardware accelerated video playback in VLC and hardware accelerated decoding and encoding in ffmpeg**


Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 running on the Raspberry Pi 3.


Changes

These are the changes since Ubuntu MATE 16.04 for the Raspberry Pi was release.

  • Performance optimised.
    • Added automated first boot partition resizing.
    • Optimised partition offset calculations
    • Optimised filesystem features.
    • Disabled unnecessary services to reduce CPU cycles and RAM requirements.
  • Forked and adapted raspi-config to Ubuntu.
    • Added pi-top brightness and power-off support.
  • Backported MATE Desktop 1.16.1.
  • Backported BlueZ 5.41.
  • Backported ffmpeg 3.2 including Raspberry Pi hardware acceleration for MMAL decoding and OMX encoding.
  • Backported i2c-tools and python-smbus 3.1.2.
  • Updated raspberrypi-firmware to 1.20161215-1.
  • Updated pi-bluetooth to 0.1.2 including failsafe systemd units.
  • Updated gpiozero to 1.3.1. A simple API for controlling devices attached to the GPIO pins.
  • Updated omxplayer to 0.3.7-git20160923-dfea8c9.
  • Updated nuscratch to 20160915+2.
  • Updated picamera to 1.12. Pure Python interface to the Raspberry Pi’s camera module.
  • Updated pigpio to 1.130. Library for Raspberry Pi GPIO control.
  • Updated python-sense-hat to 2.2.0. Sense HAT python.
  • Updated raspberrypi-sys-mods to 20170208, which completely replaces raspberrypi-general-mods
  • Updated raspi-gpio to 0.20170105. Dump the state of the BCM270x GPIOs.
  • Updated rpi.gpio to 0.6.3-1. Python GPIO module for Raspberry Pi.
  • Updated rtimulib to 7.2.1-3. Versatile C++ and Python 9-dof, 10-dof and 11-dof IMU library.
  • Updated sonic-pi to 2.10.0.
  • Updated xserver-xorg-video-fbturbo to 1.20161111~122359.
  • Updated Xorg via the LTS Enablement Stack.
  • Added cap1xxx; A python library designed to drive various Microchip CAP1xxx touch ICs.
  • Added drumhat; A python library designed to control Drum HAT.
  • Added envirophat; A python library designed to control Enviro pHAT.
  • Added explorerhat; A python library designed to control the Explorer HAT and pHAT.
  • Added microdotphat; A python library designed to control Micro Dot pHAT.
  • Added mote; A python library designed to control Mote.
  • Added motephat; A python library designed to control Mote pHAT.
  • Added pantilthat; A python library designed to control Pan-Tilt HAT.
  • Added pianohat; A python library designed to control Piano HAT.
  • Added piglow; A python library designed to drive Piglow.
  • Added rainbowhat; A python library designed to control Rainbow HAT.
  • Added scrollphat; A python library designed to control Scroll pHAT.
  • Added sense-emu; A client library for the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT emulator.
  • Added sn3218; A python library to help control the SN3218 18-channel PWM LED driver.
  • Added st7036; A python library to help control the ST7036 LCD driver.
  • Fixed first boot configuration. Ubiquity now prompts to join available WiFi networks.
  • Disabled SSH by default.
    • SSH can be enabled via raspbi-config or creating a file named ssh in the /boot partition.
    • sshguard is also automatically enabled when you enable SSH.
  • Reduced the image size to 5GB, down from 8GB.

Known Issues

  • Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 for the Raspberry Pi is not snap compatible.
    • We hope to have snapd compatibility in Ubuntu MATE 17.04 for the Raspberry Pi.
    • The 32-bit and 64-bit PC version of Ubuntu MATE 16.04, or newer, are snapd compatible.
  • Upon completion of the first boot setup WiFi doesn’t work, at all. Reboot and WiFi will be available.

More Information

Find out more about Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

Read more

Ubuntu MATE January 2017 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 January 2017.
  • Paid £81.80 for domain name renewals.
  • Paid €2426.12 (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 $17380.48 (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 from Debian - €300 - For packaging Brisk Menu and sponsoring the upload to Debian.
  • Developer from Solus - €585 - For working on Brisk Menu.
  • Developer from Debian - €350.00 - For maintaining/fixing Engrampa from July 2016 to Januray 2017.
  • Developer from Fedora - €200 - For working on MATE Desktop 1.17 and providing theme fixes for Ubuntu MATE.
  • Developer from Linux Mint - €700 - For refining, fixing and maintaining MATE Desktop from July 2016 to January 2017.
  • Developer from elementary - $150 - For adding more icons to the Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE icon themes.
  • Developer from Hypra - €150 - For working on accessibility fixes and improvements.

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 $1565.51 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 386 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $2290.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $2085.74, of which $1448.86 was received as Download Tips and $111.67 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €136.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €125.91, of which €15.5 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £286.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £275.77, of which £9.95 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.12205115 BTC was donated.