Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Press Kit

Achievement Unlocked!

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

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a community developed Ubuntu based operating system that beautifully integrates the MATE Desktop and offers a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.

Objectives

Ubuntu MATE has a number of guiding objectives and goals.

  • Accessible to all, regardless of language and physical ability.
  • Increase both Ubuntu and MATE Desktop user adoption.
  • Ubuntu alternative for computers that aren’t powerful enough to run a composited desktop.
  • First choice Ubuntu platform for remote workstation solutions such as X2Go.
  • Recreate the halcyon days of Ubuntu for users who prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.
  • Use themes and artwork similar to Ubuntu so that Ubuntu MATE is immediately familiar.
  • When possible contribute to Debian so both the Debian and Ubuntu communities benefit.
  • Package selection will favour functionality and stability over lightness and whimsy.
  • Get adopted as an official Ubuntu “flavour”.

New features in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

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 to Rhythmbox 3.1.
  • Updated GTK 3.x themes to use full colour icons, like their GTK 2.x counterparts.
  • 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 access the complete Ubuntu MATE release notes from the URLs below:

Applications

While MATE Desktop provides the essential user interfaces to control and use a computer, Ubuntu MATE adds a collection of additional applications to turn your computer into a truly powerful workstation.

Productivity

Firefox

Safe and easy web browser

Thunderbird

Email client with integrated spam filter

LibreOffice

Full-featured office productivity suite that is Microsoft(R) Office compatible.

Entertainment

Rhythmbox

Music player and organiser

Shotwell

Digital photo organiser.

VLC

Play, capture, broadcast your multimedia streams.

Naturally you’ll also find a firewall, backup application, document/photo scanner and printer management all included in Ubuntu MATE.

Videos

Martin Wimpress, the Ubuntu MATE lead developer, also made a series of short videos introducing some of the new features in Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

Interface Switcher
First class Compiz integration
Folder Color
Pull-down Terminal
Firewall

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Background

The Ubuntu MATE project was founded in June 2014. Since then:

  • The website has had over 610,000 unique visitors resulting in 2.5 million page views.
  • Ubuntu MATE for i686, amd64 and PowerPC has been downloaded ~200,000 times.
  • Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi 2 has been downloaded ~500 times.
  • ~2,000 members of our Google+ community.
  • ~1,200 Facebook followers.
  • ~700 Twitter followers.
  • ~50 Patrons and ~575 donations via PayPal.

Community

Ubuntu MATE is proud of the community that has grown around the project. The Ubuntu MATE community fully fund the hosting and bandwidth costs of the project, including our dedicated community site.

Supporting Open Source

Open Source Initiative

In recent months the amount of donations contributed by the community has generated a surplus which we are using to support other Open Source projects upon which Ubuntu MATE relies. Since we started supporting others projects in February 2015 we have donated a just over $1869 to seven projects:

We post an overview of how the donations were used each month.

Screenshots

Here are a few screenshots of Ubuntu MATE to give you a feel for how it looks.

You can access full-resolution images from the URL below:

Hardware

Requirements

Pre-install Partnership

Ubuntu MATE has forged an exciting partnership with Linux hardware start-up Entroware.

Ubuntu MATE and Entroware

Ubuntu MATE is focussed on usability and stability and has gained massive traction in the Linux community over recent 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 and shipping with the latest Broadwell CPUs, this is the must have Ultrabook for Linux enthusiasts.


About Entroware

Entroware is a UK based Linux computer manufacturer, founded in early 2014, providing a range of quality Linux computers focused on a complete “out of the box” Linux experience, with a heavy focus on hardware compatibility. As of the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 release Entroware are offering the option to purchase machines with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed along with full support.

Entroware Linux hardware

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

Visit Entroware

Raspberry Pi 2


Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is also available for the Raspberry Pi 2.


We are also delighted to provide a ready-to-run image for the Raspberry Pi 2. You can find out more and download the image from the Ubuntu MATE Raspberry Pi page.

The Ubuntu MATE Team

Here is the troupe of all star international cabaret artists responsible for making Ubuntu MATE a thing.

Founders

The idiots who thought Ubuntu MATE would be a good idea.

Developers

Members of the core MATE Desktop development team who have been helping develop and test Ubuntu MATE.

Maintainers

The heroes from the Debian packaging team. Without their tireless efforts there would be no Ubuntu MATE.

Designers and Artists

The art department and creators of beautiful things.

Architecture porters

These fine people are bringing Ubuntu MATE to other hardware platforms.

Communications

These are the social animals of the Ubuntu MATE community who help spread the word.

Contributors

The following people have made infrequent, yet significant, contributions to the Ubuntu MATE project.

Ubuntu

In addition to the efforts of the core Ubuntu MATE team, becoming an official Ubuntu flavour would not have been possible with out the help of the following Canonical employees.

The future

Our roadmap outlines some high level objectives of the project.

You can get notified about project developments by subscribing to our RSS feed or following our social networks.

We are active on the following social networks and post updates about the project on almost a daily basis.