Ubuntu MATE March 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 March 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for March 2015.
  • Donated €70 to MATE Desktop.
  • Donated €50 to Tilda.
  • Donated €50 to Plank.
  • Purchase microSD cards to give away, with Ubuntu MATE installed, at a Raspberry Pi Jam.

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and therefore new Ubuntu MATE releases are distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are 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 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.

We are delighted to announce that Ubuntu MATE has donated €50 to the Tilda project and also €50 to the Plank project.


Tilda at the top and Plank at the bottom in Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

These are two great applications, both improve the user experience of Ubuntu MATE 15.04. The addition of Tilda generated an awful lot of attention for Ubuntu MATE and has proven an extremely useful development tool. Plank is well known, and loved, by many Linux users. Plank (and Docky before it) have been an essential part of my desktop set-up for years.

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 March 2015, which we are pleased to say amounts to €70.

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 $145.06 this month.

The Ubuntu MATE Patrons

The list of Ubuntu MATE Patrons is growing so fast we can’t keep on top of the list. Come and meet the Patrons!

Epic Patrons

We are going to find a way to better acknowledge the Ubuntu MATE Patrons, just give us some time to work out the details.

Summary of donations

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

  • After processing fees a total of $145.06 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $472.12 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $420.96, of which $152.03 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has been donated to the MATE Deskop project.
  • A total of €130.7 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €119.79.
  • A total of £58.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £54.31.
  • A total of 0.03 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2 is now available for official download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE Beta 1, makes a few changes and fixes a lot of bugs.

As usual preparing this release of Ubuntu MATE has been a team effort. Special thanks to Mike Gabriel, Vlad Orlov and Stefano Karapetsas for putting in a great deal of effort triaging bugs, doing code reviews and creating new upstream MATE Desktop 1.8.x point releases. Thanks guys!

Thanks also to Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, Colin Watson, Adam Conrad and Daniel Holbach for their patience and guidance that has helped fix and improve Ubuntu MATE.

What works?

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

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1 release?

Here is what changed since Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1:

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

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Known Issues

It is not all good news however. Here are the known issues. All of which affect every Ubuntu flavour.

  • Once installation has finished, and the final Restart button is pressed, the screen freezes and becomes unresponsive. Pressing Enter which would normally do the reboot does nothing.
    • The computer will require a manual power off or reset after the disc has been ejected.
    • LP: 1436816
  • Virtualbox guests will only get a resolution of 640x480
  • It is not possible to install the Virtualbox drivers via the Additional Hardware application.
    • LP: #1434579
    • The workaround is to open a shell and sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-x11.
  • You may not be able to enter your pass phrase if you use full disk encryption.
  • OEM Config is broken.
  • Running Linux on PowerPC can require some tinkering and the following are useful references.

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 14.04.2 Release

Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 is available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in 14.04.1, adds some new features and updates some packages.

It is important to state quite clearly Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 is not an official Ubuntu flavour! Although we now have official status for 15.04, it is not retroactive. Ubuntu MATE 14.04 will always be an unofficial build.

We would have preferred that this release was made on February 20th when the official flavours shipped 14.04.2. However, we were in the middle of some time critical activities to ensure Ubuntu MATE 15.04 official status, so decided to let 14.04.2 slip until we had time to finish it. We hope you understand.

What works?

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

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1 release?

There are advantages and disadvantages to maintaining an unofficial Ubuntu derivative. The downside is that we have not been able to integrate all of the hardware enablement stack in Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2. We have only integrated the Linux 3.16 kernel, but not the updated Xorg stack. During our testing we found many issues with the Xorg HWE stack, such as Virtualbox Guest Additions and the Ubuntu SDK not being compatible. These issues are not specific to Ubuntu MATE.

The upside of maintaining an unofficial Ubuntu derivative is that we can roll out new features and package updates. So we did, most notably LibreOffice 4.4.1.2.

The advantage of the newer Linux kernel is that it resolves most of the screen tearing issues some people experienced in Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1. The surprise inclusion of Compiz (although it is not enabled by default) is also to help provide tear free video for those with graphics hardware capable of running Compiz. The MATE profile for Compiz also comes with the Enhanced Zoom plugin enabled in order to satisfy visually impaired individuals who require a high quality screen magnifier. The screen zooming keybindings are <Super>m to zoom in and <Super>n to zoom out.

He is what we’ve changed.

  • Updated to Linux 3.16.0-33
  • Updated to Firefox 36
  • Updated to LibreOffice 4.4.1.2
  • Updated to LightDM GTK Greeter 2.0.0 which now includes a MATE logo in the session switcher.
  • Updated MATE specific autostart files and configuration so they do not conflict with other desktop environments.
  • Updated the built-in languages.
    • en es pt bn fr hi ja zh-hans
  • Added LightDM GTK Greeter Settings 1.10. Thanks to Sean M. Davis
  • Fixed sound themes. Thanks to Sergio Schneider of the Ubuntu MATE Updated project
  • Fixed auto-login on first boot if auto-login was selected during the install.
  • Enabled X zapping via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.
  • Enabled touch to click by default for touchpads.
  • Enabled Qt accessibility modules when a MATE session is detected.
  • Backported GTK 2.24.27.
  • Backported Ubiquity compatibility features for MATE from 15.04.
  • Backported Compiz compatibility features for MATE from 15.04.
    • MATE Tweak can be used to live switch between Compiz and Marco, no log out/in required.
  • Backported MATE Tweak from 15.04.
  • Backported MATE Menu from 15.04.
  • Backported the cloudtop meta package from 15.04 which is suitable for remote terminal deployment.
  • All MATE package updates from Debian 8.0 have been synced to Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10.

Excluding the Kernel and LibreOffice updates, these updates have been rolled out to existing Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1 installs.

You may also want to review the changes that were made in stock Ubuntu 14.04.2.

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

  • Virtualbox guests may only get a resolution of 640x480
    • LP: #1368784, see [comment #13](https://b$
    • Use System -> Preferences -> Additional Drivers to install the Virtualbox drivers that will correct the resolution.

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 14.10 PPA Change

No action required

Since this blog post was first made there have been some complaints about having to enable a new PPA. Therefore the original PPA that is embedded in the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 iso images has been populated with updated packages that were shipped on the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 iso images.

This PPA now includes the current MATE 1.8 packages and all the bugs that have been fixed by the MATE package maintainer for Debian. In order to get your updates, no further action is required.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 - Optional

If you are running Ubuntu MATE 14.10 you should consider adding this following PPA to get access to optional MATE packages that were not included in the iso images.

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

mintCast 220 - Ubuntu MATE

Last week I joined Rob, Scott and Joe on mintCast episode 220. I had a great time and was invited to participate as a guest throughout the whole show. The main feature was Ubuntu MATE where I talked about how the project got started, how official Ubuntu status affects the project and how the Ubuntu MATE and Linux Mint teams are collaborating.

mintCast Episode 220

The one about Ubuntu MATE with Martin Wimpress

Listen

mintCast put out a podcast every two weeks and although Linux Mint features most episodes it is also a great podcast for catching up on news in the Open Source community and the mintCast Team often review other interesting Open Source and Linux projects. Add it to your pod catcher!