Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release Candidate

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 release candidate is now available for download. This is the last release prior to the final 14.10 release and fixes a few issues that were present in Beta2 please make sure you read the release notes below because there are still unresolved issues you’ll need to be aware of.

What works?

Most things, more than in Beta2 at least. People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since Beta2?

This release candidate has been focused on fixing broken things and improving what was already present in Beta2.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release Candidate Download

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Upgrading from Beta2

If you have Beta2 installed, here is how to upgrade to the release candidate.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

Although Ubuntu MATE includes fixes for Plymouth (full disk encryption and boot logo display) these are not official Ubuntu patches and currently specific to Ubuntu MATE. If Ubuntu update the Plymouth packages without fixing these issues then you may experience regressions in Ubuntu MATE which, if you’re using full disk encryption, could “brick” your system.

So, while we’ve “fixed” full disk encryption we still don’t recommend you use it. Enabling home directory encryption is fully supported and completely safe to use.

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

Testing

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 will be released on October 23rd and we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker.

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 interview with Linux Luddites

Linux Luddites were kind enough to interview me last week. We discussed the origins of MATE Desktop, it’s future direction, how Ubuntu MATE came to be and where it is headed.

Linux Luddites Episode #26 was published earlier today and I suggest you head over to the Linux Luddites website and give it a listen.

If you’ve not listened to the Linux Luddites before then you should checkout their back catalogue. It has been one of my favourite FLOSS podcasts for some months now that blends good discussion and insight with useful distro reviews and first impressions.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta2

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta2 is now available for download. This second beta fixes a number of issues that were present in Beta1, adds a few new features and includes some more original artwork. We’ve managed to not introduce any new bugs this time but please make sure you read the release notes below because there are still unresolved issues you’ll need to be aware of.

What works?

Most things, more than in Beta1 at least. People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since Beta1?

Beta2 has been focused on fixing broken things and improving what was already present in Beta1.

  • Released community contributed Ubuntu MATE Identity graphics from Goce Mitevski.
  • Added community contributed GRUB2 theme from Ivan Pejić.
  • Added gnome-system-tools due to community feedback requesting user and time management facilities. LP #1367772
  • Added indicators to Ubiquity that enable access to assistive features and basic system configuration.
  • Added assistive features to LightDM.
  • Added keybindings, compatible with Sonar, for toggling assistive features.
  • Added a MATE panel layout that is similar in appearance to Windows XP classic mode (see below for activation instructions).
  • Updated the default Ubuntu MATE panel layout to better reflect how Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 were arranged.
  • Updated some icon assets in Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE. Thanks to Jack Mohegan.
  • Updated some of the Ubiquity slides used in the installer slide show. Thanks to Ivan Pejić.
  • Updated font configuration to be consistent across applications.
  • Fixed installation failures when there is no active Internet connection. Really, it is fixed this time. LP #1363267
  • Fixed LightDM crashes that prevented the Live desktop session from working. LP #1369952
  • Fixed EFI computers displaying a black screen rendering the system unusable. LP #1353989
  • Fixed default application associations. LP #1364127
  • Fixed erroneous apt configuration that prevented recommended packages being installed.
  • Fixed video corruption in the Ubiquity installer.
  • Fixed activation of the default sound theme.
  • Fixed speaker test sounds in the Sound preferences.
  • Merged Ubuntu MATE specific PolicyKit desktop privileges upstream. MERGE #230610
  • Removed virtualbox-guest-x11 from the Live session.
  • Removed wubi from the Ubuntu MATE .iso image.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta2 Download

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Upgrading from Beta1

Some of the meta packages have changed since Beta1. If you have Beta1 installed, here is how to upgrade to Beta2.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

If you were tracking development packages between Beta1 and Beta2 you will want to remove grub-theme-ubuntu-mate since it has a new name now.

sudo apt-get remove grub-theme-ubuntu-mate

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remove some obsolete packages.

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-mate-desktop-policy-privileges

Remove an erroneous apt configuration that has existed since Alpha1.

sudo rm /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/00recommends

If you were tracking development packages between Beta1 and Beta2 you may want to remove IBus.

sudo apt-get purge ibus ibus-anthy ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 ibus-qt4

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently in beta and we are aware of the following issues.

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

Testing

The Ubuntu MATE release candidate will be released mid-October we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker.

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 Beta1

Ubuntu MATE Beta1 is released and represents a big step forward compared to Alpha2, not least because Ubuntu MATE is now sporting new themes and artwork to give it a distinctive look. A number of bugs have also been fixed along the way and a few new ones have been introduced, so make sure you read the release notes below.

What changed since Alpha2?

Mostly Beta1 has been focused on adding artwork to give Ubuntu MATE its own identity but improvements have been made and some bugs have been fixed too.

  • Added community contributed wallpapers from Goce Mitevski and Ivan Pejić.
  • Added community contributed Plymouth theme from Jack Mohegan.
  • Added community contributed SYSLINUX theme contributed from Ivan Pejić.
  • Added community contributed Ubiquity slides from Jack Mohegan.
  • Added Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE desktop and icon themes.
  • Added Ubuntu MATE LightDM theme.
  • Added OpenDyslexic a font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.
  • Added a screen magnifier for individuals with low vision.
  • Added patent-free S3TC compatible implementation that provides texture compression to Mesa.
  • Added service discovery on a local network via the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite.
  • Added colord to manage, install and generate accurate colour profiles.
  • Added ntp time synchronisation daemon.
  • Added policykit-desktop-privileges which fixes, among other things, auto mounting of disks without requiring a password.
  • Added a PAM module that will automatically unlock the keyrings using your login password, making gnome-keyring usage transparent without losing its security benefits.
  • Added GVFS backend (FTP, SSH, WebDAV, Samba) to Déjà Dup.
  • Added GStreamer backend to LibreOffice.
  • Fixed hiding the im-config icon from MATE.
  • Improved support for 3G/4G USB dongles.
  • Improved support for iPods and MTP devices.
  • Improved on-demand codec installation.
  • Improved hardware detection and support.
  • Improved .iso image mastering to ensure consistency with official Ubuntu flavours.
  • Improved meta packages and added ubuntu-mate-live for handling packages that are only required in the Live CD.
  • Updated the default Qt4 style to match the Ambiant-MATE theme.
  • Updated the language packs in the Live CD based on the Top 10 countries that visit https://ubuntu-mate.org.
  • Updated ubuntu-mate.org website content and improved the screenshot slideshow.
  • Updated ubuntu-mate.org webserver to deliver all content over SSL/TLS using HSTS, PFS and (when possible) SPDY.
  • Removed ffmpegthumbnailer, light-themes and ubuntu-artwork.

Ubuntu MATE Beta1 Download

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Upgrading from Alpha2

Some of the package selections and default settings have changed since Alpha2. If you have Alpha2 installed, here is how to upgrade to Beta1.

Start a shell and upgrade.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remove some obsolete packages.

sudo apt-get remove adium-theme-ubuntu light-themes ubuntu-wallpapers

Overlay some Ubuntu MATE configuration files.

rsync -av /etc/skel/.config/ ~/.config/
rsync -av /etc/skel/.local/ ~/.local/

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Finally set up the default Ubuntu MATE appearance.

  • Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance and select the ‘Ambiant-MATE’ theme. Click the Backgrounds tab and select the ‘Ubuntu MATE Cold’ wallpaper.

Known Issues

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently in beta and we are aware of the following issues.

  • Full disk encryption may not work. This is an upstream bug in Plymouth that can prevent your passphrase from being accepted.
    • Home directory encryption does work.
  • Plymouth does not display the boot time splash screens. This is an upstream bug. LP #1343841
  • Currently the Try Ubuntu MATE without installing option does not work due to an upstream bug. LP #1355966
  • EFI computers may encounter a black screen during boot up and the system will not be usable. This is an upstream bug. LP #1353989
  • You may experience some video corruption when running in a VirtualBox guest.
    • See below for a workaround.

Reporting issues

If you spot any other issues please report them on the project’s bug tracker.

Testing

Ubuntu MATE Beta2 will be released at the end of September therefore we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker.

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.