Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Release

The Ubuntu MATE 14.04 final release is now available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in the 14.10 release and adds some additional features.

Thank you

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for helping create this release of Ubuntu MATE. These are the shoulders upon which I stand; the underlined names are those who’ve helped with adding new features since the 14.10 release:

Stefano Karapetsas, Alan Pope, Sam Hewitt, Sander Sweers, Mike Gabriel, Abel McClendon, Steve Zesch, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz, Goce Mitevski, Ivan Pejić, Jack Mohegan, Gerard Aalders, Riccardo Pecchioli, Michael Tunnell, Brett Wiley, Caleb Howland, Jonathan Nadeau, Daniel Holbach, Colin Watson, Iain Lain, Luke Velvich, Kendell Clark, Kyle Brouhard, Rob Whyte, Erich Eickmeyer, James Pellerano, Steve Radonich IV and Stephen Morrish.

And, thanks to the community. Thanks for showing an interest in Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for using Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for filing bug reports. Thanks for your suggestions. Thanks for testing. And most importantly, thanks for your contributions and creating a solid community on which we can build.

Thank you!

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 release?

This release is unusual in that it is based on Ubuntu MATE 14.04 but adds a number of new features and fixes many bugs. Although this is a 14.04 release you can consider it a newer version than 14.10 but many of the changes outlined below have already been released to Ubuntu MATE 14.10 via updates.

  • Updated the Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE themes with green icons. Thanks to Michael Tunnell.
  • Added community contributed wallpaper from Gerard Aalders.
  • Added missing libnss-mdns LP #1380945.
  • Added missing faces pixmaps LP #1385822.
  • Added missing policykit-desktop-priviledges.
  • Added support for Indicators and updated some panel layouts to include indicator enabled variants.
  • Added MATE Menu, which is a fork of MintMenu.
  • Added MATE Tweak, which is a fork of MintDesktop.
  • Enabled the Accessibility PPA to add Orca 3.14 which improves the accessibility of Firefox.
  • Enabled screen reader activation via LightDM indicators and LightDM key bindings.
  • Fixed accessibility keybindings to toggle the Orca screen reader. Thanks to Sander Sweers.
  • Fixed Plymouth not displaying boot up splash screens.
  • Fixed GRUB theme activation.
  • Fixed Calculator media keys LP #1382781.
  • Fixed package conflicts with gnome-applets LP #1378666.
  • Fixed mouse scrolling console pager application in mate-terminal LP #1337195.
  • Replaced Totem with VLC as per the community VLC poll.
  • Synced atril 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced caja-extensions 1.8.0-2 from Debian.
  • Synced engrampa 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced marco 1.8.2+dfsg1-4 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-applets 1.8.1+dfsg1-3 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-control-center 1.8.3+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-desktop 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-media 1.8.0+dfsg1-3 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-netbook 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-notification-daemon 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-panel 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-power-manager 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-session-manager 1.8.1-5 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-settings-daemon 1.8.2-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-terminal 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-utils 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mozo 1.8.0-2 from Debian.
  • Synced python-caja 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced xzoom 0.3-24 from Debian.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download

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Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Known Issues

You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in future development cycles.

Please report any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker so we can improve future releases.

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 community donations

A couple of months ago I asked if the Ubuntu MATE community was interested in expanding without using social networks. The answer was clear. Yes, you do.

The Ubuntu MATE team have decided to use Discourse to provide a community space that is not reliant on social networks but this will require a new, fairly beefy, virtual private server and some additional subscription services for email notifications. We are asking the Ubuntu MATE community members to make a small recurring contribution so that we can provide what you’ve asked for.

If this funding campaign generates more monthly income than required for our hosting alone then we will use the surplus to reward contributors, such as digital artists/designers, provide development bounties for implementing new features or fixing bugs and to help subsidise the travel expenses of team members to represent MATE Desktop and Ubuntu MATE at FLOSS conferences. If we have sufficient extra funds we will also donate to other Open Source projects that Ubuntu MATE depends upon and should we find ourselves in that fortunate position we will use our new shiny Discourse community to vote for the worthy beneficiaries.

We have set up a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. Go on, 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

Ubuntu MATE to feature in LinuxWelt magazine

Some good news for Ubuntu MATE users in Germany.

I spent last weekend at the X2Go “gathering” in Essen, Germany. While there I got confirmation that Linux Welt magazine will feature Ubuntu MATE in their 2015-01 edition. LinuxWelt is Germany’s best selling bi-monthly Linux and Open-Source magazine and is available in book stores all over Germany and via IDG’s online shop.

David Wolski sent me a draft PDF of the Ubuntu MATE feature which one of the X2Go developers kindly translated for me at the weekend.

LinuxWelt

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 will also be the cover DVD feature and LinuxWelt have commissioned approximately 50,000 DVDs that will include the 32 bit version of Ubuntu MATE 14.10.

I encourage our German members to buy the LinuxWelt 2015-01 edition and for the rest of you re-share this blog post to help repay the support LinuxWelt have shown the Ubuntu MATE project. That said, earlier this evening I got another email from David Wolski with more good news. David has negotiated with IDG (his publisher) to release the Ubuntu MATE feature article as a free download. And here it is.

LinuxWelt coverage of Ubuntu MATE 14.10

Two page feature article about Ubuntu MATE 14.10 from LinuxWelt magazine.

Download PDF

You can also check out the link below for the online PC Welt summary of Ubuntu MATE and access the direct downloads of the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 .iso images they are hosting for us and the PDF of the article. What brilliant people!

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release

The Ubuntu MATE 14.10 final release is now available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in the release candidate but make sure you read the release notes below.

Thank you

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for helping create this inaugural release of Ubuntu MATE. These are the shoulders upon which I stand:

Stefano Karapetsas, Alan Pope, Sam Hewitt, Sander Sweers, Mike Gabriel, Abel McClendon, Steve Zesch, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz, Goce Mitevski, Ivan Pejić, Jack Mohegan, Riccardo Pecchioli, Brett Wiley, Caleb Howland, Jonathan Nadeau, Daniel Holbach, Colin Watson, Iain Lain, Luke Velvich, Kendell Clark, Kyle Brouhard, Erich Eickmeyer, James Pellerano, Steve Radonich IV and Stephen Morrish.

And, thanks to the community. Thanks for showing an interest in Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for using Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for filing bug reports. Thanks for your suggestions. Thanks for testing. And most importantly, thanks for your contributions and creating a solid community on which we can build.

Thank you!

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the release candidate?

This release has fixed a few minor issues and tweaked a couple things.

  • Full disk encryption, or rather entering your pass phrase into Plymouth, was properly fixed by the Ubuntu team.
  • Fixed missing configuration options in the workspace switcher applet LP #1382682
  • Fixed the live session not auto-logging into the MATE desktop.
  • Added a background wall paper to Ubiquity.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download

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Upgrading from the release candidate

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

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Upgrade Plymouth.

sudo apt-get install \
plymouth=0.9.0-0ubuntu7 \
plymouth-label=0.9.0-0ubuntu7 \
plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text=0.9.0-0ubuntu7

Reinstall Plymouth themes.

sudo apt-get --reinstall install plymouth-theme-ubuntu-mate-text
sudo apt-get --reinstall install plymouth-theme-ubuntu-mate-logo

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in future development cycles.

Feedback

Please report any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker so we can improve future releases.

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 in Utopic Mega Review

Chris, Matt, Erich and Noah from the Linux Action Show covered Ubuntu MATE along side other Ubuntu flavours in Show 335. Here is what they had to say about Ubuntu MATE, KDE Plasma 5.1, Xubuntu and Ubuntu. The reason this is a long clip is because Ubuntu MATE features more than once :-D

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around Linux, Open Source and Technology. Take a look, you’ll probably find something of interest.