Ubuntu MATE community launched

Some months ago we asked if the Ubuntu MATE community was interested in expanding without using social networks. The answer was clear. Yes, you do. Then we asked if the community would fund the required infrastructure and hosting. And you did! Thank you to everyone who became a monthly sponsor or donated.

Join the Ubuntu MATE Community

The communications hub for Ubuntu MATE is now open.

Join the Community

The Ubuntu MATE team decided to use Discourse to provide a community space. You can sign up for an account on the our server or you can sign in with your social profiles if you want to. Discourse has a responsive design so anyone can access the community from any device, no apps required.

The Ubuntu MATE community will act as forum, wiki and also replaces traditional mailing lists. When you sign up you’ll receive a message that explains how to get around Discourse and use its most common features. Our hope is that the new Ubuntu MATE community site will become the hub through which all Ubuntu MATE communication can flow.

The server

A new quad core server with 4GB of RAM, 800GB RAID-6 Disk and 6TB bandwidth has been deployed. It is running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS and Docker is running in a container. Mandrill is integrated for email notifications and CloudFlare provide an edge caching CDN, application firewall and adds an additional layer of spam prevention. The site is only available via https using TLS 1.0 (or higher), has HSTS enabled and uses perfect forward secrecy (PFS). The webserver also has SPDY enabled and StatusCake is used to monitor the site availability and response times. At the time of writing the Ubuntu MATE community site gets an A+ rating from SSL Labs.

We hope you enjoy the new Ubuntu MATE community. See you on the other side!

Ubuntu MATE December 2014 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can fund a new Ubuntu MATE community site.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for December 2014.
  • Creation and hosting of the new community site for January 2015.
  • Funding prizes for upcoming community competitions.
  • Paid for a 2nd hand iBook G4 for developing the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE.

Thank you!

Please Donate

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 following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons who donated a total of $102.50, which after processing fees amounted to $93.31.

  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

PayPal, Flattr and Gratipay

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
26/12/2014 Charles W Bond III $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
24/12/2014 Stuart Rackham $25.00 $23.47 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
22/12/2014 Leonardo Robinson $15.00 $14.11 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
21/12/2014 Serge Rivera $50.00 $47.25 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
14/12/2014 Christopher Schumacher €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
12/12/2014 Stephen Cook £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
11/12/2014 Jonathan Holton £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
03/12/2014 Stephan Kaps €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
01/12/2014 Daniel Rusek $2.00 $1.61 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
01/12/2014 Kawai Ryo $5.00 $4.45 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
  • A total of $107.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $100.2.
  • A total of €15.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €13.79.
  • A total of £10.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £9.26.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 for PowerPC

A PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 is ready for testing thanks to Adam Smith from the Ubuntu MATE community!

Adam has uploaded the .iso image to OneDrive and it is available from the link below.

Adam says:

Those familiar with PowerPC will know that yaboot is the default bootloader, and that remains so here, but I’ve also added grub to make booting directly from an iso file easier. There is no need to burn a DVD!

You can use the following hashes to confirm the integrity of the ubuntu-mate-14.04.1-dev.34508-desktop-powerpc.iso download.

  • md5sum 2bb57b2bbf87b668a94c38dd0393b263
  • sha1sum 9fe995a2832e2c0bcce5604b08095fb7217882ac
  • sha256sum b53d2836c00a2f9180353e908f09ee9eb4b17138dcc72bf692c6bd68b2756032

You can find Adam’s announcement on Ubuntu MATE Google+ community. So, if you have any questions or feedback I suggest you contact Adam here.

Thanks very much to Adam for taking this on and well done on bringing Ubuntu MATE to another platform!

Ubuntu MATE November 2014 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can fund a new Ubuntu MATE community site.

How will these donations be spent?

These initial donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and build server costs to date!
  • The one time setup costs for the new server to host the new community site.
  • The first month of hosting the new community site.
  • The production of an Ubuntu MATE T-shirt and international shipping charges for the core contributors to Ubuntu MATE 14.10.

Thank you!

Please Donate

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 following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons.

  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • Narvik, Norge
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

PayPal, Flattr and Gratipay

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
29/11/2014 Colin Mills £10.00 £9.46 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
29/11/2014 John Bedford €25.00 €23.80 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
26/11/2014 Leonardo Robinson $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
25/11/2014 David Wolski €50.00 €47.95 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
23/11/2014 Ulrich Günther €15.00 €14.14 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
21/11/2014 Carlos Fuentes Lopez €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
18/11/2014 Steven South £2.50 £2.21 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
18/11/2014 Johan Vandekerckhove €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/11/2014 Sijie Bu $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/11/2014 Liferenko Igor $10.00 $9.26 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
15/11/2014 Matthew Kelley $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
14/11/2014 Hrafnkell Hallmundsson $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
13/11/2014 Nicolas Jean-Robert Abello €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE
13/11/2014 Christoph Koernig €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE
12/11/2014 Christopher Dexholm $20.00 $18.94 Ubuntu MATE
12/11/2014 Coryell Clayworks $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Glen Anstine $20.00 $18.92 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Mikhail Varantsou $15.00 $14.04 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Orlov Vlad $100.00 $95.30 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Falk Ziegler €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Niko Fröhlich €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Charles Malpas $10.00 $9.21 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Tavis Gillard $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE
  • A total of $212.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $199.41.
  • A total of €130.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €122.43.
  • A total of £12.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £11.67.
  • A total of €12.38 was donated via Flattr, which after processing fees amounted to €12.38.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 reviewed by Linux Luddites

Linux Luddites reviewed Ubuntu MATE 14.04 in Episode #29. Ahead of their review is a short interview with myself where we cover some of the new features introduced in Ubuntu MATE 14.04, how it compares to Ubuntu MATE 14.10 and who helped create Ubuntu MATE.

I suggest you head over to the Linux Luddites website and give it a listen and then read the comments after their show notes to see my feedback about the Ubuntu MATE 14.04 review :-)

If you’ve not listened to the Linux Luddites before then you don’t have your podcatcher configured correctly. It has been one of my favourite FLOSS podcasts for some months now that blends good discussion and insight with informative distro reviews.