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”.

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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.


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