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 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