Ubuntu MATE gets legit

I spoke with Chris Fisher from the Linux Action Show last night during Episode 82 of the Linux Unplugged podcast. We talked about Ubuntu MATE becoming official, what the benefits of gaining official status are, the new features you can expect to see in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 and how Ubuntu MATE is helping to fund other Open Source projects. The embedded video below starts at the begining of our chat.

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Ubuntu MATE February 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been generous as always and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE project and the community site. In fact, this month we are able to reward some other projects that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for February 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for February 2015.
  • Purchase Raspberry Pi 2 to help with developing Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2.
  • Purchase ODROID C1 to help with developing Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for ODROID C1.

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and therefore new Ubuntu MATE releases are distrubuted via the Canonical mirror network, we are still serving ~900 downloads of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10 per day from our servers. Given that we have committed to support Ubuntu MATE 14.04 until 2019 these donations are much appreciated and help cover the bandwidth costs and fund the development servers when we need to prepare new .iso images for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source Projects

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month that Ubuntu MATE has a surplus of funds we will make a contribution to an Open Source project that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from. This months choice was easy. We recieved an email that read as follows:

THANKS a lot for including my 2 apps (Gufw & Folder Color) in Ubuntu MATE!! It’s an honor for me :$ If you want, you have got my permission for removing the donate menu entry in Folder Color in Ubuntu MATE.

Why? Because I’m impressed with your professional & hard work and I love the MATE project.

So, we are delighted to say that Ubuntu MATE has donated $50 to the Folder Color project and also $50 to the Gufw project.

Thank you for creating two great applications, one that improves the security of Ubuntu MATE users and another that enhances their productivity. Thank you for generously explaining how to disable the donate links within the Folder Color application, I hope our donations go some way to repaying you?

Donations to MATE Desktop

Those of you who have downloaded Ubuntu MATE from this website recently will have noticed the Download Tip we place on the page. We’ve made it clear that those tips are shared between the Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects. We have donated half the download tips from January 2015 and February 2015 to MATE Desktop, which we are pleased to say amounts to €30.

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.

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Patrons

Many thanks to the following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons who, after processing fees, donated $119.46.

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

Summary of donations

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

  • After processing fees a total of $119.46 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $252.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $227.09, of which $58.25 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Desktop project.
  • A total of €95.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €89.32.
  • A total of £53.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £50.0.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta1

Achievement Unlocked!

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now an official member of the Ubuntu family.

Ubuntu MATE

Yes, we finally made it! Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta1 is now available for official download. This official release builds on Ubuntu MATE Alpha2, introduces some new features and is officially official :-D

What works?

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

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 release?

Well, the big change is largely backend stuff as Ubuntu MATE has transitioned from our unofficial iso build servers to the official Canonical build infrastructure. From Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward images are now built alongside the other members of the Ubuntu family.

I’d like to say a big “Thank You” to the following Ubuntu developers who have helped make this possible:

It is also worth mentioning that the Xubuntu team have been ever so welcoming and great collaborators. Some new features in Ubuntu MATE have come directly from Xubuntu development efforts. As always, I can’t thank Mike Gabriel and Vangelis Mouhtsis enough for their help working the MATE packages through Debian and fixing bugs. A large percentage of the Ubuntu MATE development is actually taking place in Debian.

Here what changed since Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2:

  • Added everything required to build Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to the official Ubuntu archive.
  • Added PowerPC as an officially supported architecture for Ubuntu MATE 15.04.
  • Added an interface layout switcher to MATE Tweak, see the video below.
  • Added Plank.
    • Plank is not enabled by default, but can be activated via the Eleven layout in MATE Tweak.
  • Added Folder Colors.
  • Added menu categories to System -> Preferences.
  • Added OEM Install.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status.
  • Updated LightDM GTK Greeter to 2.0.0 which now includes a MATE logo in the session switcher.
  • Updated LightDM GTK Greeter Settings 1.10. Thanks to Sean M. Davis
  • Updated Yuyo GTK theme to better support GTK 3.14. Thanks to Sam Hewitt.
  • Fixed GTK+ 2.x so it better supports multi monitor under MATE. Thanks to Vlad Orlov (MATE Core Dev).
    • This was then merge upstream. Thanks Wolfgang Ulbrich (MATE Core Dev)
    • This resulted in GTK 2.24.26 being released which is now included in Ubuntu 15.04.
  • Fixed uninstalling packages from the Ubuntu MATE meta packages.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status.
  • Fixed being an unofficial Ubuntu flavour.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status ;-)
  • Merged MATE Compatibility integration into upstream Compiz
    • While Compiz is installed by default, it is not enabled by default.
    • MATE Tweak includes an option to switch between Marco and Compiz, no log out/in required.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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Known Issues

It is not all good news however. Here are the known issues.

  • MATE 1.8x is not fully compatible with glibc >= 2.43.1 which now features in Ubuntu 15.04. The MATE team have been working on patches but they have not yet made there way into the official Ubuntu archive. Therefore the following PPA should be enabled to get the fixes. You really want to do this:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/vivid-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

  • The “Notification Area” crashes on first start, and then at random intervals there after but only for the i386 build.

    • LP: #1425401
    • When the "Notification Area" has quit unexpectedly` dialogue appears click Reload.
  • Live switching between Compiz and Marco is somewhat experimental and may result in no window decorations on some older GPUs.
  • Virtualbox guests may only get a resolution of 640x480
  • Running an Ubuntu MATE live session as a Virtualbox guest may corrupt the video output of the guest.
    • You can correct the video display by pressing Host+F1 to switch VT in the guest and then press Host+F7 to switch back which will correct the video output.
  • The .iso images are a little bigger than they need to be and include some unnecessary packages. This is due to the transition from unofficial to official builds and will be addressed for Beta 2 or the Release Candidate.
  • Some packages schedule for inclusion in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 have not yet made it into the official archive. Hopefully this can be addressed before Beta 2.

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.

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.

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 January 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE community and project.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for January 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for January 2015.
  • New ubuntu-mate.community domain registration.
  • SSL/TLS certificate costs for ubuntu-mate.community.
  • 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

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

Summary of donations

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

  • After processing fees a total of $93.16 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $190.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $176.1.
  • A total of €45.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €41.37.
  • A total of £22.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £21.08.

Outgoings

In January 2015 the total outgoings for the Ubuntu MATE community was €187.87. This is much higher than our typical projected monthly costs because it covered the domain registration and SSL/TLS certificate for ubuntu-mate.community, setup fees for the new community server, a 2nd hand iBook G4 for developing and testing the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE in addition to the ususal server hosting for the community sites and development servers.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 is now available for download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10 and introduces some new features. The observant among you will notice that there was no Alpha1 release because, reasons.

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?

Here what changed in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 since Ubuntu MATE 14.10. Some of these fixes and improvements have already been back ported to 14.10 and made available via updates.

  • Updated the Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE icon themes with green icons. Thanks to Michael Tunnell.
  • Added community contributed wallpaper from Gerard Aalders.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Matt Kelley.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Paolo Bravi.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Steve Cook.
  • Added Yuyo and Yuyo-Dark themes with Yuyo-Dark being the default. Thanks to Sam Hewitt.
  • Added missing libnss-mdns LP #1380945.
  • Added missing faces pixmaps LP #1385822.
  • Added MATE Menu, which is a fork of MintMenu.
  • Added MATE Tweak, which is a fork of MintDesktop.
  • Added Compiz support. MATE Tweak can be used to live switch between Compiz and Marco, no log out/in required.
  • Enabled X zapping via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.
  • Enabled screen reader activation via LightDM indicators and LightDM key bindings.
  • Enabled touch to click by default for touchpads.
  • Enable Tilda pull-down terminal integration. Press F12 to show/hide.
  • Fixed GRUB theme activation.
  • Fixed Calculator media keys LP #1382781.
  • Fixed package conflicts with gnome-applets LP #1378666.
  • Fixed sound themes. Thanks to Sergio Schneider of the Ubunt MATE Updated project
  • Fixed auto-login on first boot if auto-login was selected during the install.
  • Replaced Totem with VLC as per the community VLC poll.
  • Contributed patches to Ubiquity the provide better support for MATE.
  • All MATE package updates from Debian have been automatically synced to Ubuntu 15.04.
  • Ubuntu 15.04 has adopted multilib GObject introspection runtime (gir) which means Caja plugins now work “out of the box”.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

  • Yuyo themes do not render some UI elements correctly, such as check boxes and radio buttons. This is why Ambiant-MATE is still used for the live session and the LightDM theme.
  • Live switching between Compiz and Marco is experimental and may result in an inconsistent Compiz configuration.
  • Running an Ubuntu MATE live session as a Virtualbox may corrupt the video output of the guest.
    • You can correct the video display by pressing Host+F1 to switch VT in the guest and then press Host+F7 to switch back which will correct the video output.

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.

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.

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.