Ubuntu MATE Beta1 is released and represents a big step forward compared to Alpha2, not least because Ubuntu MATE is now sporting new themes and artwork to give it a distinctive look. A number of bugs have also been fixed along the way and a few new ones have been introduced, so make sure you read the release notes below.
What changed since Alpha2?
Mostly Beta1 has been focused on adding artwork to give Ubuntu MATE it's own identity but improvements have been made and some bugs have been fixed too.
- Added community contributed wallpapers from Goce Mitevski and Ivan Pejić.
- Added community contributed Plymouth theme from Jack Mohegan.
- Added community contributed SYSLINUX theme contributed from Ivan Pejić.
- Added community contributed Ubiquity slides from Jack Mohegan.
- Added Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE desktop and icon themes.
- Added Ubuntu MATE LightDM theme.
- Added OpenDyslexic a font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.
- Added a screen magnifier for indiviuals with low vision.
- Added patent-free S3TC compatible implementation that provides texture compression to Mesa.
- Added service discovery on a local network via the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite.
colordto manage, install and generate accurate colour profiles.
ntptime synchronisation daemon.
policykit-desktop-privilegeswhich fixes, among other things, auto mounting of disks without requiring a password.
- Added a PAM module that will automatically unlock the keyrings using your login password, making gnome-keyring usage transparent without losing its security benefits.
- Added GVFS backend (FTP, SSH, WebDAV, Samba) to Déjà Dup.
- Added GStreamer backend to LibreOffice.
- Fixed hiding the
im-configicon from MATE.
- Improved support for 3G/4G USB dongles.
- Improved support for iPods and MTP devices.
- Improved on-demand codec installation.
- Improved hardware detection and support.
- Improved .iso image mastering to ensure consistency with official Ubuntu flavours.
- Improved meta packages and added
ubuntu-mate-livefor handling packages that are only required in the Live CD.
- Updated the default Qt4 style to match the Ambiant-MATE theme.
- Updated the language packs in the Live CD based on the Top 10 countries that visit https://ubuntu-mate.org.
- Updated ubuntu-mate.org website content and improved the screenshot slideshow.
- Updated ubuntu-mate.org webserver to deliver all content over SSL/TLS using HSTS, PFS and (when possible) SPDY.
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Upgrading from Alpha2
Some of the package selections and default settings have changed since Alpha2. If you have Alpha2 installed, here is how to upgrade to Beta1.
Start a shell and upgrade.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Remove some obsolete packages.
sudo apt-get remove adium-theme-ubuntu light-themes ubuntu-wallpapers
Overlay some Ubuntu MATE configuration files.
rsync -av /etc/skel/.config/ ~/.config/ rsync -av /etc/skel/.local/ ~/.local/
Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.
sudo apt-get autoremove sudo apt-get autoclean
Finally setup the default Ubuntu MATE appearance.
- Go to
System -> Preferences -> Appearanceand select the 'Ambiant-MATE' theme. Click the
Backgroundstab and select the 'Ubuntu MATE Cold' wallpaper.
Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently in beta and we are aware of the following issues.
- Full disk encryption may not work. This is an upstream bug in Plymouth
that can prevent your passphrase from being accepted.
- Home directory encryption does work.
- Plymouth does not display the boot time splash screens. This is an upstream bug. LP #1343841
- EFI computer may encounter a black screen and the system will not be usable. This is an upstream bug. LP #1353989
- You may experience some video corruption when running in a VirtualBox guest.
- See below for a workaround.
If you are installing in a Virtualbox guest then you'll need to re-install the following packages to properly enable guest support.
sudo apt-get install --reinstall virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-x11
EFI and UEFI systems
The Ubuntu MATE
amd64 .iso image can boot EFI capable computers from USB and
DVD, with or without SecureBoot enabled. However, if you encounter any
difficulties booting EFI hardware then try:
- Disabling SecureBoot.
- Enabling Legacy BIOS or BIOS emulation mode.
- Try the
Even though Macs use a variant of EFI (an earlier version of what's now called
UEFI), they apparently can't cope with multi-catalog CDs, and simply refuse to
boot them. Therefore the
amd64+mac images are available, which are exactly
the same as the
amd64 images except that they only support BIOS booting. Macs
are happy to boot these in their BIOS emulation mode.
amd64+mac is a slight misnomer, because it turns out that some systems
other than Macs suffer from a similar problem and using the
amd64+mac image on
some EFI capable PC hardware will work.
Hibernation and home directory encryption
It is not possible to hibernate a computer if home directory encryption was selected during the installation. This is not a bug, it is by design.
Selecting home directory encryption during the installation of Ubuntu MATE also enables encryption of the swap partition. When swap is encrypted hibernation is disabled.
Suspending a computer with an encrypted swap partition
If the computer BIOS is configured to use Suspend to Disk (S4) only and the swap partition is encrypted then your computer will not be able to suspend either. Changing the BIOS configuration to Suspend to RAM (S3) will make it possible to suspend the computer, even with an encrypted swap partition.
Shotwell online publishing
Most Shotwell online publising plugins do not work "out of the box". This can be resolved by installing the following packages:
sudo apt-get install account-plugin-facebook account-plugin-flickr \ account-plugin-google libaccount-plugin-generic-oauth \ libaccount-plugin-google unity-control-center-signon
However, installing the packages above also installs a number of Unity packages that add duplicate icons and functionality to the MATE control center.
If you spot any other issues please report them on the project's bug tracker.
- We need the community to install Beta1 in VMs and try out the various installation options to see if the desired configuration is reflected in the installed system.
- We need the community to install Beta1 using different file systems, custom disk layouts and partitioning schemes.
- We are interested in the community testing on real computer hardware and providing feedback on what worked, or didn't work.
- We'd welcome any feedback from blind or visually impaired individuals as to how the accessibility extensions available in Ubuntu MATE work for them.
Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? Maybe you just want to discuss your experiences or ask the maintainers some questions. Please come and talk to us.