Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 for Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

An Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 is now available for download.

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Download Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

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The image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 based on the regular Ubuntu armhf base, not the new Ubuntu “Snappy” Core, which means that the installation procedure for applications uses the traditional tools, ie apt-get.

We have done what we can to optimise the build for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3, you can comfortably use applications such as LibreOffice, which in fact is a joy to use :-) But the microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we highly recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card. Ubuntu MATE 16.04 also fully support the built-in Bluetooth and Wifi on the Raspberry Pi 3 and also feature hardware accelerated video playback in VLC and hardware accelerated decoding and encoding in ffmpeg**


Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 running on the Raspberry Pi 3.


Changes

These are the changes since Ubuntu MATE 16.04 for the Raspberry Pi was release.

  • Performance optimised.
    • Added automated first boot partition resizing.
    • Optimised partition offset calculations
    • Optimised filesystem features.
    • Disabled unnecessary services to reduce CPU cycles and RAM requirements.
  • Forked and adapted raspi-config to Ubuntu.
    • Added pi-top brightness and power-off support.
  • Backported MATE Desktop 1.16.1.
  • Backported BlueZ 5.41.
  • Backported ffmpeg 3.2 including Raspberry Pi hardware acceleration for MMAL decoding and OMX encoding.
  • Backported i2c-tools and python-smbus 3.1.2.
  • Updated raspberrypi-firmware to 1.20161215-1.
  • Updated pi-bluetooth to 0.1.2 including failsafe systemd units.
  • Updated gpiozero to 1.3.1. A simple API for controlling devices attached to the GPIO pins.
  • Updated omxplayer to 0.3.7-git20160923-dfea8c9.
  • Updated nuscratch to 20160915+2.
  • Updated picamera to 1.12. Pure Python interface to the Raspberry Pi’s camera module.
  • Updated pigpio to 1.130. Library for Raspberry Pi GPIO control.
  • Updated python-sense-hat to 2.2.0. Sense HAT python.
  • Updated raspberrypi-sys-mods to 20170208, which completely replaces raspberrypi-general-mods
  • Updated raspi-gpio to 0.20170105. Dump the state of the BCM270x GPIOs.
  • Updated rpi.gpio to 0.6.3-1. Python GPIO module for Raspberry Pi.
  • Updated rtimulib to 7.2.1-3. Versatile C++ and Python 9-dof, 10-dof and 11-dof IMU library.
  • Updated sonic-pi to 2.10.0.
  • Updated xserver-xorg-video-fbturbo to 1.20161111~122359.
  • Updated Xorg via the LTS Enablement Stack.
  • Added cap1xxx; A python library designed to drive various Microchip CAP1xxx touch ICs.
  • Added drumhat; A python library designed to control Drum HAT.
  • Added envirophat; A python library designed to control Enviro pHAT.
  • Added explorerhat; A python library designed to control the Explorer HAT and pHAT.
  • Added microdotphat; A python library designed to control Micro Dot pHAT.
  • Added mote; A python library designed to control Mote.
  • Added motephat; A python library designed to control Mote pHAT.
  • Added pantilthat; A python library designed to control Pan-Tilt HAT.
  • Added pianohat; A python library designed to control Piano HAT.
  • Added piglow; A python library designed to drive Piglow.
  • Added rainbowhat; A python library designed to control Rainbow HAT.
  • Added scrollphat; A python library designed to control Scroll pHAT.
  • Added sense-emu; A client library for the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT emulator.
  • Added sn3218; A python library to help control the SN3218 18-channel PWM LED driver.
  • Added st7036; A python library to help control the ST7036 LCD driver.
  • Fixed first boot configuration. Ubiquity now prompts to join available WiFi networks.
  • Disabled SSH by default.
    • SSH can be enabled via raspbi-config or creating a file named ssh in the /boot partition.
    • sshguard is also automatically enabled when you enable SSH.
  • Reduced the image size to 5GB, down from 8GB.

Known Issues

  • Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 for the Raspberry Pi is not snap compatible.
    • We hope to have snapd compatibility in Ubuntu MATE 17.04 for the Raspberry Pi.
    • The 32-bit and 64-bit PC version of Ubuntu MATE 16.04, or newer, are snapd compatible.
  • Upon completion of the first boot setup WiFi doesn’t work, at all. Reboot and WiFi will be available.

More Information

Find out more about Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

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