Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2

Welcome Unity 7 refugees! This is the Ubuntu flavour you’ve been searching for

We’re not happy, proud, pleased or ambivalent to announce this alpha. No, not us. The is our most “Super” alpha ever and we’re ecstatic to present this fine release for your distro delectation. Ubuntu MATE 17.10 is brimming with new toys to play with. Read on to find out more…

We mean it, keep reading! Don’t just go hunting for the download button and skip over our most glorious release notes.

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) for distribution on October 19th, 2017 With this Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

Ubuntu MATE 17.10 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 17.04 final release?

We’ve really been burning the midnight oil for the last three months. This is what has been updated or added.

Panel Layouts

We surveyed our community about potentially changing the default UI. The feedback was mixed when factoring in the results from Twitter, Google+ and Straw Poll.

But it was the comments from our users that were most compelling. We decided to leave the default alone, a personally difficult decision, and turned our attention to rationalising the panel layouts and thoughtfully reconfiguring them. Each panel layout is distinctive and now provides a different desktop workflow:

  • Mutiny mimics the Unity 7 interface
  • Cupertino provides something similar to macOS
  • Redmond will be familiar to Windows users
  • Pantheon a hybrid for long time desktop Linux users who want some modern conveniences
  • Contemporary a blend of the best of the old and the sprinkle of the new
  • Netbook people still use them and this layout is for them
  • Traditional just like your Dad remembers it, and still the default

Here are a few screenshots to give you a feel for how things look.

Global Menu

Global Menu support is now much improved, and available via the Contemporary, Cupertino and Mutiny layouts which can be activated via MATE Tweak. Fully functional with GTK, Qt, LibreOffice, Firefox/Thunderbird, Google Chrome, Electron and others. You can now make more of your available screen space while using Ubuntu MATE.

Global Menu

Super key

Super Key

Complete Super key support is available from several of the panel layouts. We’re thrilled to welcome Victor Kareh to the team who has been busy patching MATE Settings Daemon, MATE Menu, Brisk Menu and MATE Dock Applet to make the Super key work the way you’d all expect. This means Super can be used to activate the menus and other key-bindings that include the Super key also continue to function correctly.

MATE Dock Applet, used in the Mutiny layout, also includes launching or switching to docked items based on their position using in the dock using Super+1, Super+2 which will be familiar to Unity 7 users. Super+L is also recognised as a screen lock key-binding along with the usual Ctrl+Alt+L that MATE Desktop users expect.

Heads-Up Display

This is something we started during Ubuntu MATE 16.10 and never perfected, but is now ready for prime time. A favourite of Unity 7 users is the Heads-Up Display (HUD) which provides a way to search for and run menu-bar commands without your fingers ever leaving the keyboard.

So if you’re trying to find that single filter in Gimp but can’t remember which filter category it fits into or if you can’t recall if preferences sits under File, Edit or Tools on your favourite browser, you can just search for it rather than hunting through the menus.

The MATE Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Just like Global Menus the HUD is currently only available via the Contemporary, Cupertino and Mutiny layouts and is activated via Super+Alt.

Indicators

We’ve been improving Indicator support from release to release for some time now. But with this release many of the panel layouts offers a complete line up of Indicators, all of which are fully compatible with MATE. The default Indicators are:

  • Optimus (only available if you have nvidia prime capable hardware and drivers)
  • Bluetooth
  • Network
  • Power
  • Messages
  • Sound
  • Session
Indicators

MATE Tweak

MATE Tweak is your gateway to activating different user interface layouts and exploring the contrasting ways you can run Ubuntu MATE. MATE Tweak has been given a coat of fresh paint and adds a couple of much requested features.

  • Saving your own custom panel layout using a name of your choosing.
  • Prompts before executing operations that could wipe your custom, but unsaved, tweaks.
MATE Tweak, more than just a tweak tool.

When activating the Compton compositor you should now experience an entirely tear free experience that is optimised for gaming. Thanks to Perdro Mateus from Linux Game Cast podcast for his help testing various GPU, IGP and driver combinations. #LGCCares

While we were tuning compositors we gave some love to Compiz, which now uses less RAM and fixes a number of niggles.

Community Wallpaper

The Ubuntu MATE community participated in a wallpaper competition and have already voted for their favourite. Congratulations to Richard van Liessum for creating the winning entry! You have to install Ubuntu MATE 17.10 to see the full line up of new artwork though ;-)

The bit no one reads but probably should

  • Ubuntu MATE Welcome 17.10.7 has been stocked with some new applications for you to discover.
    • The new Software Boutique is not ready yet, so this is the Boutique you know and love. Just better stocked.
  • Brisk Menu 0.4.5 has improved Super key support and numerous fixes, plus a few settings that MATE Tweak can manipulate to augment how Brisk is presented in different layouts.
  • MATE Menu 17.10.7 now has better relevance of launcher search results, can now optionally search Duck Duck Go, has numerous fixes and that all important Super key was improved.
  • MATE Dock Applet 0.79 has improved Super key support and several bug fixes.
  • Redshift, which adjusts the colour temperature of your screen according to your surroundings, is installed by default but not enabled by default.
  • Synapse is removed from the default install.
  • MATE Desktop 1.18 has seen many updates, with lots of bugs fixes. Nothing new, just be more stability.
    • mate-session-manager 1.18.1
    • mate-panel 1.18.4
    • mate-control-center 1.18.2
    • mate-media 1.18.1
    • mate-panel 1.18.3
    • libmateweather 1.18.1
    • engrampa 1.18.2
    • mate-netbook 1.18.1
    • mate-sensors-applet 1.18.2
    • mate-panel 1.18.2
    • caja 1.18.3
    • marco 1.18.1
    • mate-polkit 1.18.1
    • eom 1.18.2
    • mate-utils 1.18.2
    • pluma 1.18.2
    • mate-icon-theme-faenza 1.18.1
    • mate-terminal 1.18.1
    • mate-icon-theme 1.18.2
  • Caja now includes the GtkHash extension (will be installed with your next update)
  • Experimental HiDPI support is a little less experimental.
    • If you kept reading that ^ is for you. Also see that massive image of the Indicators above. Not an accident ;-)
  • …and a whole lot of other little improvements and fixes.

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu family issues

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

  • tbc

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 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.
  • Paid £91.95 for domain name renewals.
  • This brings Ubuntu MATEs total funding to Open Source projects and developers to approximately $22402.35 (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 decide to save all the crowd funding contributed this month because the summer holidays are coming soon and we have some large projects we’d like to fund and need to build a little surplus ahead of time.

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 $1749.51 this month.

Thank you to all 233 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1447.27 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1319.62, of which $851.84 was received as Download Tips and $143.65 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €92.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €84.44, of which €26.87 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £33.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £30.77, of which £9.94 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.0065 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE May 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.
  • Paid €1227.74 (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 $22402.35 (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 Ubuntu MATE - $200 - For adding Superkey support to Brisk Menu and MATE Menu.
  • Developer from Solus - €800 - For working on Brisk Menu.
  • Developer from Solus - €200 - For working on Brisk Menu.

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 $1992.51 this month.

Thank you to all 287 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $1679.76 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $1529.32, of which $1117.36 was received as Download Tips and $166.35 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €225.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €209.29, of which €22.04 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £61.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £57.19, of which £9.94 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.025 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE April 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.
  • Paid $70 to sponsor Martin Wimpress’s attendance at Linux Fest North West.
  • Paid €585.49 (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 $21004.32 (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 - €100.00 - For maintaining/fixing Engrampa and working on MATE Themes.
  • Developer from Fedora - €350 - For improving the Ubuntu MATE themes.
  • Developer from Vala Panel AppMenu - £120 - For refining and fixing Vala Panel AppMenu.

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 $1924.01 this month.

Thank you to all 406 of you who invested in Ubuntu MATE via PayPal this month!

  • A total of $2413.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $2196.98, of which $1377.11 was received as Download Tips and $151.1 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of €230.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €214.01, of which €22.04 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of £258.29 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £246.28, of which £9.94 was received from recurring payments.
  • A total of 0.01945663 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 17.04

We’re totally over the bloody moon to announce Ubuntu MATE 17.04. This is our favourite release of Ubuntu MATE so far and, we believe, a real return to form. Ubuntu MATE 16.10 was a transitional release, in every sense, and 17.04 concludes the upheaval of migrating to GTK3+. This has been a release focused on refining the distro and sweating the details. As always, we’re never finished and eager to start work on 17.10 to bring you futher improvements and refinement. But for now, we hope you enjoy Ubuntu MATE 17.04 as much as we’ve enjoyed making it for you.

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Beta 2

What’s New in Ubuntu MATE 17.04?

We’ve put a great deal of effort into refining Ubuntu MATE 17.04 in the following ways:

  • The MATE Desktop team did an amazing job releasing MATE Desktop 1.18.0 which completes the transition to GTK3+, fixes countless bugs and introduces some much needed new features and modernisations.

  • Daniel Foré from elementary contributed new icons to Ubuntu MATE which deliver style and panache.

  • Ikey Doherty from Solus created Brisk Menu in collaboration with Ubuntu MATE. This efficient menu is integrated in the new Pantheon layout available via MATE Tweak.

  • Dave from Linux & Other Stuff contributed a new dark theme, called Ambiant-MATE Dark. We love it!

  • Wolfgang Ulbrich from MATE Desktop worked tirelessly on all the Ubuntu MATE themes making them all fully compatible with GTK 3.22 add ensuring every pixel is placed exactly where it should be.

  • Michael Tunnel from TuxDigitial contributed retouched art assets for the Ubuntu MATE themes including scaled variants for when we are ready to go HiDPI.

  • Luke Horwell from Ubuntu MATE updated the Bulk Queue in Ubuntu MATE Welcome and the Software Boutique so you can now queue up multiple application install/remove and execute them in one operation.

  • Martin Wimpress from Ubuntu MATE did some stuff but no one remembers what.

We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this Ubuntu MATE release. Thank you!

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What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Beta 2 release?

This is what has been added, updated or removed.

  • Upgraded several MATE Desktop 1.18 components, fixing numerous bugs and some memory leaks.
    • libmatekbd 1.18.2
    • MATE Applets 1.18.1
    • MATE Control Center 1.18.1
    • MATE Panel 1.18.1
    • Eye of MATE 1.18.1
    • Engrampa 1.18.1
    • MATE Sensors Applet 1.18.1
    • MATE Settings Daemon 1.18.1
    • Pluma 1.18.1
    • Caja 1.18.1
    • MATE Utils 1.18.1
    • MATE Icon Theme 1.18.1
    • MATE Themes 3.22.10
  • Upgraded to Brisk Menu 0.3.5
    • Add category roll-overs.
    • Add standardised CSS style classes.
    • Assorted bug fixes.
  • Upgraded to MATE Dock Applet 0.77
    • Add drag and drop to add applications to the dock.
    • Add drag and drop of data between running applications.
    • Add key bindings to activate and select applications in the dock.
    • <Super> 1 - 0 for the first 10 applications in the dock.
    • <Super><Alt> 1 - 0 for applications 10 to 20 in the dock.
    • Bug fixes.
  • Upgraded Ubuntu MATE Artwork 17.04.11
    • Completed the Ambiant-MATE Dark theme.
    • Fix keyboard layout view.
    • Fix Brisk Menu button styling to match the other menu applets.
    • Fix scale troughs for inactive windows for Ambiant-MATE Dark.
    • Fix GTK2+ radio and checkbox assets to match GTK3+. (LP: #1046129)
    • Fix GTK2+ Notebooks, Progress bars and Sliders so they match GTK3+.
    • Fix GTK2+ Ambiant-MATE so that Qt4/Qt5 applications are styled correctly.
    • Fix GTK2+ runtime warnings.
    • Fix GTK2+ and GTK3+ Notebook background and font colours.
    • Fix GTK3+ switches, particularly in headerbars.
    • Fix GTK3+ button hover focus.
    • Fix background and colours for MATE Terminal and GNOME Terminal.
    • Fix box-shadow on desktop windows.
    • Fix styling for Brisk Menu and MATE Menu.
    • Fix pop-over modelbuttons.
    • Fix solid-csd border colors.
    • Fix border images for Ambiant-MATE Dark.
    • Add missing gtkstyle-fallback settings.
    • Add missing GtkSourceView styles for Ambiant-MATE-Dark.
    • Add Ubuntu MATE community contributed wallpaper, Ubuntu MATE Wet.
    • Remove obsolete GTK2+ styling.
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 17.04.11
    • Fix incorrect quoting of URIs which prevent some locales from installing software. (LP: #1679280)
    • Fix the removal of Adobe Flash if installed via Ubiquity. (LP: #1676052)
    • Disable the Install button if Ubiquity is not avaliable. (LP: #1678582)
    • Add Simple Screen Recorder.
    • Update translations.
  • Upgraded to Ubuntu MATE Settings 17.04.7
    • Fix to allow users to change the Firefox homepage. (LP: #1605887)
    • Fix dynamic placement of Brisk Menu search entry. (LP: #1677517)
    • Activate Brisk Menu category rollover by default. (LP: #1677520)

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

Ubuntu MATE issues

  • After completing an OEM install two network icons are present in the panel. (LP: #1674796)
    • This only happens when the OEM configuration is completed. On subsequent boots only one network icon is shown.

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 affects all flavours.

  • dnsmasq-base is not installed which means Network COnnection sharing doesn’t work. (LP: #1681912)
    • The workaround is to sudo apt install dnsmasq-base.

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.