Ubuntu MATE Alpha2

We are delighted to announce the release of Ubuntu MATE Alpha2.

Ubuntu MATE Alpha2 Download

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.


What works?

Most things, more than in Alpha1 at least.

The .iso image should boot (from DVD or USB), the Live session should work, the installer should work and the installed system should also work. Notice the heavy use of “should“, YMMV.

What changed since Alpha1?

  • Added support for booting UEFI computers. LP #1337604
  • Added “out of the box” accessibility for blind or visually impaired individuals. LP #1337824
  • Added language-selector-gnome as per community request.
  • Added ubuntu-mate-settings package to provide sane defaults.
  • Added an Ubuntu-like panel layout.
  • Added Ambiance and Radiance themes to Pluma.
  • Added Rhythmbox and Totem plugins.
  • Added Release Notes to Ubquity.
  • Added support for Marco to Ubiquity. MERGE #226114
  • Fixed Network Manager applet.
  • Fixed inconsistent theme in live session installer.
  • Fixed default icons in LibreOffice.
  • Created custom livecd-rootfs package that tracks upstream.
  • Improved the seeds and meta packages.
  • Improved Ambiance and Radiance themes.
  • Improved mono-icons to better integrate with MATE. LP #1337577
  • Improved font rendering.
  • Removed remmina as per community Remmina poll.
  • Removed caja-image-converter.
  • Removed caja-share. LP #1342206.
  • Removed mate-user-share.

Known Issues

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently an alpha distribution and we are aware of the following issues:

  • Upgrading from Ubuntu MATE Alpha1 using apt-get is not supported.
    • We Recommend that you install a clean Alpha2.
  • Most Shotwell online publishing plugins do not work. LP #1314904
    • This can be resolved by installing unity-control-center-signon but doing so installs a number of Unity packages which add duplicate functionality to the MATE Control Centre.

Reporting issues

If you spot any other issues please report them on the project’s bug tracker.


Ubuntu MATE is in alpha and therefore we need people installing and using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project’s bug tracker.

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.


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