Ubuntu MATE May 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 May 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for May 2015.
  • £157.88 to renew all the ubuntu-mate.* domains for another 2 years.
  • £43.47 to print and dispatch three T-Shirts to some Ubuntu MATE 14.10 contributors whose original shirts were lost in the post.
  • £7.90 for a bottle a wine to celebrate the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 release ;-)
  • Donated €50 to TLP.
  • Donated €288 to MATE Desktop.

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 ~1000 downloads of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 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.

For May 2015 Ubuntu MATE have sponsored TLP.

TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail. I’ve been using TLP for years with great success and it will be integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.10 to provide improved battery endurance “out of the box”. TLP comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life, so you may just install and forget it. Thomas was sent €50 in May 2015 for his work on TLP.

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 May 2015, which we are pleased to say amounts to €288

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 Ubuntu MATE patrons who, after processing fees, donated $288.95 this month.

Monthly supporter

Become a monthly supporter at Patreon. Patrons get exclusive project updates, invites to live video conferences with the Ubuntu MATE developers and discounts on some Ubuntu MATE merchandise.

Become a Patron

Summary of PayPal donations

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

  • After processing fees a total of $288.95 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $1123.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $965.46, of which $649.81 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Deskop project.
  • A total of €73.25 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €65.0.
  • A total of £127.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £120.45.
  • A total of 0.07295019 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 generic ARMv7 root file system

ARM CPU

The Ubuntu MATE team have made a generic Ubuntu MATE 15.04 root file system for ARMv7 devices. This root file system is intended for ARMv7 enthusiasts and board manufacturers who’d like to make an Ubuntu MATE image for their device(s). In order to adapt the root file system for your device you’ll need to:

  • Add a boot loader
  • Add a kernel
  • Add X.org 1.17 drivers
  • Add any other hardware specific configuration

We’ve created some instructions and example build scripts based on the work we did to make Ubuntu MATE 15.04 for the Raspberry Pi 2. The instructions are brief but hopefully sufficient for ARM device hackers to get started.

We’d love to see Ubuntu MATE images for more ARMv7 devices. We will gladly host the images and catalogue what the community creates on this website. If you start working on, or create, an Ubuntu MATE image for an ARMv7 device then please let us know in the Ubuntu MATE Development Discussion forum.

If you have any improvements, or add support for a new device, then please submit a pull request to our BitBucket.

Ubuntu MATE April 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 April 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for April 2015.
  • Donated €87.50 to MATE Desktop.
  • Donated €75 to Debian.
  • Donated €75 to Ubuntu.
  • We have some domain renewals coming up at the end of May so some surplus has been reserved to ensure we can cover those costs.

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.

Ubuntu MATE is built on top of Ubuntu which in turn is derived from Debian. With Debian and Ubuntu both having releases in April 2015 it is fitting that Ubuntu MATE recognise the two distributions on which is so depends. We are therefore delighted to be able to donate $75 to Debian and also $75 to Ubuntu. The Ubuntu donation was split equally between Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu for Phone and Community Projects.

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 April 2015, which we are pleased to say amounts to €87.50.

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 the Ubuntu MATE patrons who, after processing fees, donated $239.83 this month.

Monthly supporter

Become a monthly supporter at Patreon. Patrons get exclusive project updates, invites to live video conferences with the Ubuntu MATE developers and discounts on some Ubuntu MATE merchandise.

Become a Patron

Summary of PayPal donations

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

  • After processing fees a total of $239.83 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $511.75 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $445.85, of which $197.1 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Deskop project.
  • A total of €155.62 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €143.92.
  • A total of £53.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £50.4.
  • A total of 0.03769158 BTC was donated.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Final Release

Achievement Unlocked!

If you didn’t already know, Ubuntu MATE is now an official member of the Ubuntu family.

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now available for download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE Beta 2 and mostly fixes bugs.

As usual preparing this release of Ubuntu MATE has been a team effort. Thanks to Mike Gabriel, Vlad Orlov, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, Martin Pitt, Adam Conrad and Daniel Holbach for helping get the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 release out the door. Thanks guys!

What works?

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

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 new features

Here is a run down of some of the new features in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 compared to Ubuntu MATE 14.10:

  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is an official Ubuntu flavour.
  • Established a hardware partnership with Entroware.
  • Added PowerPC and Raspberry Pi 2 as supported hardware architectures.
  • Added a new default theme called Yuyo.
  • Added user interface switching to MATE Tweak.
  • Added fully integrated Compiz support.
  • Added Tilda pull-down terminal.
  • Added Folder Color.
  • Added LightDM GTK Greeter Settings
  • Added categories to the system menus.
  • Added new community contributed desktop backgrounds.
  • Updated to Linux 3.19
  • Updated to MATE Desktop 1.8.2.
  • Updated to Firefox 37.
  • Updated to LibreOffice 4.4.
  • Updated GTK 3.x themes to use full colour icons, like their GTK 2.x counter parts.
  • Updated all themes to offer improved Client Side Decoration (CSD) support.
  • Replaced Totem with VLC.
  • Replaced Cheese with guvcview.
  • Replaced upstart with systemd.
  • …and many other minor improvements and bug fixes.

You can find the official Ubuntu release note here:

  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VividVervet/ReleaseNotes

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2 release?

Here is what changed since Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2:

  • Updated Rhythmbox to 3.1
  • Updated Plank to 0.9.0
  • Updated ubuntu-mate-artwork to 0.4.7 which adds improved Client Side Decoration (CSD) support.
  • Fixed OEM install mode.
  • Fixed Virtualbox guests only getting a resolution of 640x480.
  • Fixed restarting the computer from the live session and upon completion of an install.
  • Fixed installing the Virtualbox X.org drivers via the Additional Hardware utility.
  • Fixed corrupt Korean fonts in Ubiquity.
  • Fixed missing translations and incorrect window decorations when enabling Compiz in MATE Tweak.
  • Fixed auto-mounting devices formatted with exFat and connected via USB.
  • Fixed missing swap when using home directory encryption.
  • Fixed mate-terminal.wrapper so that home directory encryption passphrase can be recovered.
  • Fixed assorted MATE bugs in Debian that have been synced with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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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.

  • You may not be able to enter your pass phrase if you use full disk encryption.
  • Shutdown/Restart of the live session does not work in Virtualbox guest.
  • 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 15.04 Press Kit

If you are a publisher, blogger, Podcaster or Youtuber then you might find our press kit useful.

Press Kit

Ubuntu MATE hardware partnership with Entroware

Ubuntu MATE forges exciting partnership with Linux hardware startup Entroware.

Ubuntu MATE and Entroware

Ubuntu MATE is a brand new official flavour of Ubuntu focussed on usability and stability, which has gained massive traction in the Linux community over the past few months. Inspired by the traditional GNOME 2 interface of classic Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu MATE is the perfect distribution for easing the transition between Microsoft Windows or Mac OS and Linux.


With verified Linux compatible components, the Orion is designed with portability and style in mind.


Entroware is a start up geared towards providing a complete “out of the box” Linux experience, with a heavy focus on hardware compatibility. While Entroware currently ships with Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10, as of the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 release, Entroware will be offering the option to purchase machines with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed along with full support.

Both Entroware and the Ubuntu MATE project are excited by this new partnership and look forward to what their collaboration can produce over the coming months.

About Entroware

Entroware is a UK based Linux computer manufacturer, founded in early 2014, providing a range of quality Linux computers.

Entroware Linux hardware

More information about Entroware, and their products, are available online at www.entroware.com

Visit Entroware

About Ubuntu MATE

A community developed Ubuntu based operating system that beautifully integrates the MATE desktop.

Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.

More information about Ubuntu MATE is available online at ubuntu-mate.org

For further information please contact Mike Wilson, [email protected]