Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Press Kit

With Ubuntu MATE 15.10 due for release on October 22nd 2015 this page will help you better understand what Ubuntu MATE is and how its been improved since the 15.04 release.


Ubuntu MATE is an 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 computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern desktops and laptops, micro computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE is an official member of the Ubuntu family.


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.
  • Software selection will favour functionality and stability over lightness and whimsy.

New in Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Here is a run down of some of the new features in Ubuntu MATE 15.10:

  • Established a new hardware partnership with LibreTrend who join Entroware.
  • Launched the Ubuntu MATE Boutique.
  • Integrated MATE Desktop 1.10.
    • Caja now has an extension manager so plugins can be enabled/disabled at run-time.
    • A new audio mixer library, libmatemixer provides an abstract API allowing access to mixer functionality available in the PulseAudio, ALSA and OSS sound systems.
    • Improved multi-monitor support.
    • Full help and documentation is now included.
    • Atril now supports ePub.
    • MATE Sensors Applet now supports NVIDIA GPUs.
    • Lots of bugs fixes. Really, lots.
    • For more details see the MATE 1.10 Release Notes.
  • Added support udate-manager -d and do-release-upgrade -d to upgrade from Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to Ubuntu MATE 15.10.
  • Added Ubuntu MATE Welcome, a new utility unique to Ubuntu MATE.
    • Welcome helps orientate users with their new operating system.
    • Welcome guides users through post-install configuration such as installing drivers and adding language support.
    • Welcome provides a one-click installation from a highly curated list of best-in-class software to “get stuff done”.
    • The installation options include Steam, Google Chrome, Dropbox, Spotify, Syncthing, Telegram, uGet, Minecraft, Gimp (with CMYK support), InSync, SpiderOakONE, Skype, Google Music Manager, VeraCrypt, Ubuntu SDK, Codecs, libdvdcss2, VirtualBox 5.0, AppGrid, Ubuntu Software Centre and many others.

Ubuntu MATE Welcome - One click installers for best in class applications that integrate well with Ubuntu MATE.

  • Added MATE Optimus, a utility for switching between GPUs on NVIDIA Prime capable hardware.
  • Added Deja Dup (backup/restore) integration to Caja filemanager.
  • Updated MATE Tweak
    • Added Netbook layouts.
    • Improved layout and window manager switching. No longer exits when switching between window managers and displays notifidcations.
    • Ported to Python 3, replaced all deprecated GTK properties and out of context UI elements are made insensitive rather than being hidden.

MATE Tweak - Offers panel layouts that are similar to Windows (Redmond) and Mac OSX (Cupertino)

  • Updated the boot screen artwork in the ISO image so it is bigger, more consistent, and higher contrast for visually impaired users.
  • Updated Ubuntu MATE Plymouth boot animation.
  • Updated the themes so GTK3 applications with Header Bars now have traditional window decorations.
  • Updated the ubuntu-mate-core and ubuntu-mate-desktop tasks/meta-packages so a basic Ubuntu MATE system can be installed from the mini.iso using just the ubuntu-mate-core package.
  • Updated Plank to 0.10.1 which has icon zooming and improved window dodging.
  • Updated key bindings for MATE, Marco and Compiz so they are consistent and mostly the same as Unity.
    • Documented in the the Getting Started section of Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Upgraded to Blueman 2.0 and BlueZ 5.35 which brings many Bluetooth improvements and fixes.

Blueman 2.0 - Improved Bluetooth support, including Bluetooth network tethering and audio improvements.

  • Refined the default application handlers.
  • Refined menus. Removed clutter and duplicate entries with improved categorisations.
  • Improved support for iOS devices.
  • …and many other minor improvements and bug fixes.

You can access the complete Ubuntu MATE 15.10 release notes from the URLs below:


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:


The Ubuntu MATE project was founded in June 2014 and since then the website has had over 1.8 million unique visitors resulting in 7 million page views.

Ubuntu MATE is made by these fine people.


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

Supporting Open Source

The donations contributed by the community has started to generate 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 (taking currency variations into account) to the following projects:

Summary of donations

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



Ubuntu MATE has hardware partnerships Entroware and LibreTrend who both offer hardware with the option to have it delivered with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed.


Raspberry Pi 2

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 is also available for the Raspberry Pi 2.

We are also delighted to provide a ready-to-run image for the Raspberry Pi 2 which has been improved based on the Raspberry Pi community. We’ve also created an Ubuntu MATE generic root file system and example build scripts for ARM hackers who’d like bring Ubuntu MATE to their ARMv7 devices.

You grab the download and find out more from the Ubuntu MATE Raspberry Pi page.