Ubuntu 14.10 Mate RC Has Been Recently Released

Hello Linux Geeksters. MATE is an open-source, lightweight, desktop environment started by the Arch Linux team and used a lot on Linux Mint systems, providing an experience similar to GNOME 2. This project created as an alternative for GNOME 3, which was not very appreciated by a lot of users.

Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress have created a Mate flavor of Ubuntu 14.10 called Ubuntu MATE, which will most likely become an official Ubuntu flavor. Ubuntu MATE is more than an an Ubuntu minimal install + MATE, containing some some special optimizations for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.10 Mate RC Has Been Recently Released

Ubuntu 14.10 Mate RC has been released, being the latest release until the stable version gets available. While Ubuntu 14.10 Mate Beta 2 got a lot of changes and new features, Ubuntu 14.10 Mate RC got only bug-fixes, due to the fact that it is under feature freeze:

This release candiate has been focused on fixing broken things and improving what was already present in Beta2.

  • Fixed full disk encryption, or rather entering your pass phrase into Plymouth.
  • Fixed Plymouth not displaying boot up splash screens.
  • Fixed missing Sticky Notes applet.
  • Merged xzoom menu entry upstream.
  • Synced mate-screensaver 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced marco 1.8.2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-applets 1.8.1 from Debian.
  • Synced atril 1.8.1 from Debian.
  • Synced caja 1.8.2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-panel 1.8.1 from Debian.
  • Added caja-dropbox 1.8.0 to the PPAs.
  • Added mate-control-center to 1.8.3 to the PPAs.

If are you are using Beta version of Ubuntu Mate 14.10, you can upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 RC by performing a normal system upgrade:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Next, run apt-get autoremove and apt-get autoclean, to remove the packages that are not needed anymore:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo apt-get autoclean

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