Planet MATE

March 26, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 2 is now available for official download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE Beta 1, makes a few changes and fixes a lot of bugs.

As usual preparing this release of Ubuntu MATE has been a team effort. Special thanks to Mike Gabriel, Vlad Orlov and Stefano Karapetsas for putting in a great deal of effort triaging bugs, doing code reviews and creating new upstream MATE Desktop 1.8.x point releases. Thanks guys!

Thanks also to Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, Colin Watson, Adam Conrad and Daniel Holbach for their patience and guidance that has helped fix and improve Ubuntu MATE.

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1 release?

Here is what changed since Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1:

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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Download

Known Issues

It is not all good news however. Here are the known issues. All of which affect every Ubuntu flavour.

  • Once installation has finished, and the final Restart button is pressed, the screen freezes and becomes unresponsive. Pressing Enter which would normally do the reboot does nothing.
    • The computer will require a manual power off or reset after the disc has been ejected.
    • LP: 1436816
  • Virtualbox guests will only get a resolution of 640x480
  • It is not possible to install the Virtualbox drivers via the Additional Hardware application.
    • LP: #1434579
    • The workaround is to open a shell and sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-x11.
  • You may not be able to enter your pass phrase if you use full disk encryption.
  • OEM Config is broken.
  • Running Linux on PowerPC can require some tinkering and the following are useful references.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Feedback

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.

by Martin Wimpress at March 26, 2015 11:23 PM

Avishkar Gupta

Abruptly Ending My Run as a GSoC-2015 Candidate

So, if you’re wondering what GSoC is, GSoC stands for Google Summer of Code. It’s a program where Google hires student developers for organizations who work on open source projects, and is a part of the Google open source programs. The reason this blog even exists is because I was a part of the previous iteration of the program and thought I would document my experience here, which didn’t end up happening because I succumbed to my procrastinating ways. Anyway, that was ‘14 and I was successful in my SoC run, so it’s a thing of the past now. Come 2015 and things have taken a different turn now. Github was selected as an organization in the program. I decided to put my money there. Now, due to the popularity of the org I knew how much competition I would face, and that the kill squad was headed for me. It’s the manner in which the execution took place that pisses me off, and as far as I’m concerned, was a dick move on Github’s part.

The saga begins in the ending weeks of Febuary when the (surprisingly) low number of orgs that were supposed to take part in SoC-15 were announced. And due to Github’s popularity and for some other possible reasons they were listed on the front page of Melange. I decided to take a look through their ideas list and find particular projects of interest. Most project at Github related to Atom, and I for one do not use that editor much so did not give much thought to those. The projects that particularly caught my eye were ideas where one would be working on their language detection library, Linguist.The one I decided to take up, involved using grammars to tokenize input blobs. The idea seemed pretty straightforward, and seemed like it’s one that would work in theory. So going by what “straightforward” means, I asked a couple of questions, and got down to reading the source and understanding Linguist’s code to further my project idea. I had the most brief chat possible with one of the mentors of the idea, and for that matter I didn’t think there was much more to consider. The task was simple, and the implementation straightforward. It probably didn’t even need 3 whole months to get into production, but it was their idea, which would make one assume they saw potential in the idea. Anyway, over the course of the next few days I understood how the whole thing works, and honestly, there were no major implementation details to go over. The project seemed simple, but the existing library was simple to begin with. It seemed as though they were interested in only minor changes to their production gem, since anything major might need more than three months, might be unusable, etc. I went ahead and when applications opened, I submitted a proposal. They didn’t seem much interested in talking, so I was totally ready to not be the one they picked.

A major part of GSoC lies in blue-sky proposals, which are ideas people are free to suggest out of the blue. A guy came up with one such blue-sky idea, as background for which he presented an analysis of the efficiency of the existing Linguist classifer, and suggested completely scraping the classifier and the current training data, and applying a different learning algorithm altogether which even though is completely fine, makes one wonder why the staff did not think of that for three whole years of the project’s existence. I mean honestly, for a company with hundreds of millions of dollars in VC funding, if you need a student on Google’s payroll to re-write a core product, you can do with better employees, but let’s leave that for another day.

I was fully expecting this guy’s idea to be added to the list, and he be the one who is selected, even though such a major task does not seem like something that can be delivered in three months, at least to me.

What happened next though, is the part that pisses me off.

After the application period had started, after I had wasted all those hours learning about grammars, linguist, and thinking about possible issues that this could solve. After, or maybe an hour or two before I submitted my proposal, they finally realised their own ideas were not good enough to be considered as projects, and you needed somebody to improve the whole thing? (which for anyone who can put 2+2 together, realised stemmed out of this guy’s idea, and it was sort of confirming his selection). If they were to add that idea to the list, I would’ve been fine.

The dick move was this change in which they essentially scraped the first idea off their list(conveniently labelled as “unification” of the two), and which came midway through the application period. I mean I get that you have a better idea, but scraping the original ideas?, you’ve got to be kidding me. The least you could’ve done if you were not considering the idea anymore, was make this change before somebody actually had a chance to submit a proposal. You’re a corporation, but you could’ve at least cared enough to drop the news that your own idea seems too simple to you now and isn’t even up for consideration anymore, I could’ve put my time to use someplace else. Or even, submitted a proposal in accordance with the new guidelines of the project. How am I supposed to do all that in a week?

So that’s something I needed to get off my chest. I’m not a GSoC’er for 2015, and I can come to terms with that. But losing the very foundation that I was made to believe the project would be built upon, was what ended my GSoC-2015 run. Before the results even came out.

I opened up an Issue on their GSoC portal and I know I’ll be the one labelled as a dick who’s reacting to not being the one who’s selected. But the real issue here is the wild goose chase I was on, when the goose had long run away.

So it’s pack up for 2015, and I’m not returning in 2016, but that again is an issue for a later date. So I guess as far as GSoC T-shirts go, I’ll just have the green one for years to come. Also, I can think of exactly one project that I have no intentions of contributing to. That’s all for the post, the next one might(not) come a long time from now as usual.

March 26, 2015 05:20 PM

That Moment When..

profanity ahead

Finally time for a new post, now that I have a new fucking color scheme. Anyway, so consider this: You’ve got one thing going for you in life. Let’s say it even defines who you are. You try to ride the wave again and try to repeat the process that everybody thinks is clockwork for you now. Then a random stranger comes along and completely fucks up your deal. You don’t realise you’ve been fucked before the guy is balls deep into you. Fair enough. Now you’re trying to not make a big deal about it and keep a straight face, but you’re prodded about that one thing day in day out for the days to come, about how it’s still going for you. You try not to say something rude. Then others ask you for advice on the matter. You still try to not keep a straight face. Then somebody tells you how the other guy is better just because his idea has greater potential in theory for the concerned 3rd party. You still maintain your calm stature. But it’s not until you finally feel the acid in your stomach turn, is that you finally snap. Today dear reader was that day for me. That time when you shut your work out of frustration and the only thought on your mind is: “I’m fucking done.”.

If you haven’t realised what I’m talking about until now, you dear reader, are on the wrong fucking blog. Also, if you came here hoping for some tech bullshit, I’ve never written a tech post. FO. Anyway, so going on that, starting today is my “I’m done phase of life”. And I mean it for the near future. I don’t feel like working on this stupid Linux machine, and most of all I’m not working on any project for the forseeable future. All because, I’m fucking done for now. I’d rather take this in the conventional way and continue with my studies like every average student out there. I lack the concentration to focus my mind on something like studies, but I’m in no mood for anything extra on the side. I don’t even know why the fuck I’m writing this post. But I thought since I’ve spent a little time tidying up this blog, I might as well write something on here.

They often say you should learn from missed opportunities and failures about how you could better yourself should the situation arise again. There’s no fucking point to this, because the guy on the top will always be the one who knows more. You can have all the heart in the world, you can try and show all fucking enthusiasm you have. You can even have talent to back all of this shit up. At the end of the day, everybody’s just looking for the other guy they can find to replace you. Everybody needs an employee who’s better than they are. They don’t consider the fact that the work the employee would do undermines their own. Like seriously dude, if an idea is so great, why didn’t you go that way in the first place? Instead of realising years later how big a fuck up your entire project is, and taking chance on a random new guy to come and fix the entire thing?

The other big lesson I got here, is that everything is self taught. Nobody cares enough about the world to pass down their knowledge. Those who do it, are either forced, or expect some sort of greater compensation for it. But I guess that’s just basic human nature. Either way, it’s a shit world to begin with so there’s really no use complaining.

I’d make this longer but I’m not a good writer as well. And I lack the fucking patience to pen down any more of my thoughts. Sorry you had to read through that. Signing off.

March 26, 2015 09:24 AM

Efstathios Iosifidis

Εικονίδια VAMOX για openSUSE, Arch Linux, Fedora

Πρόσφατα έψαχνα κάποια καλά εικονίδια για τον υπολογιστή μου. Κατέληξα στα VAMOX. Η τρισδιάσταση φύση τους (δίνουν βάθος στο εικονίδιο) μου άρεσε ιδιαίτερα. Βρίσκονται σε τρεις αποχρώσεις.

1. Vamox MATE
2. Vamox Ceibo
3. Vamox Celeste

Σκέφτηκα λοιπόν, γιατί να μην τα πακετάρω σε openSUSE; Το εργαλείο προφανώς το obs. Ξεκίνησα λίγο διάβασμα, δοκιμές με πολλές αποτυχίες. Αφού απελπίστηκα, τα έσβησα όλα. Την επόμενη μέρα, το πήρα από την αρχή και μετά από 2-3 δοκιμασίες, πέτυχε. Τα δοκίμασα στον υπολογιστή μου και εγκαταστάθηκαν μια χαρά. Πρόσθεσα και Fedora και με την βοήθεια του Θάνου Τρυφωνίδη, πρόσθεσα και το Arch Linux. Πάμε να δούμε πως τα εγκαθιστούμε.

VAMOX MATE


Εάν σας άρεσε το οπτικό αποτέλεσμα, επισκεφθείτε το αποθετήριο και προσθέστε τα εικονίδια για την διανομή σας.

VAMOX Ceibo


Εάν σας άρεσε το οπτικό αποτέλεσμα, επισκεφθείτε το αποθετήριο και προσθέστε τα εικονίδια για την διανομή σας.

VAMOX Celeste


Εάν σας άρεσε το οπτικό αποτέλεσμα, επισκεφθείτε το αποθετήριο και προσθέστε τα εικονίδια για την διανομή σας.

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at March 26, 2015 01:18 AM

March 23, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 Release

Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 is available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in 14.04.1, adds some new features and updates some packages.

It is important to state quite clearly Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 is not an official Ubuntu flavour! Although we now have official status for 15.04, it is not retroactive. Ubuntu MATE 14.04 will always be an unofficial build.

We would have preferred that this release was made on Februaty 20th when the official flavours shipped 14.04.2. However, we were in the middle of some time critical activities to ensure Ubuntu MATE 15.04 official status, so decided to let 14.04.2 slip until we had time to finish it. We hope you understand.

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1 release?

There are advantages and disadvantages to maintaining an unofficial Ubuntu derivative. The downside is that we have not been able to integrate all of the hardware enablement stack in Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2. We have only integrated the Linux 3.16 kernel, but not the updated Xorg stack. During our testing we found many issues with the Xorg HWE stack, such as Virtualbox Guest Additions and the Ubuntu SDK not being compatible. These issues are not specific to Ubuntu MATE.

The upside of maintaining an unofficial Ubuntu deriative is that we can roll out new features and package updates. So we did, most notably LibreOffice 4.4.1.2.

The advantage of the newer Linux kernel is that it resolves most of the screen tearing issues some people experienced in Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1. The surprise inclusion of Compiz (although it is not enabled by default) is also to help provide tear free video for those with graphics hardware capable of running Compiz. The MATE profile for Compiz also comes with the Enhanced Zoom plugin enabled in order to satisfy visually impaired individuals who require a high quality screen magnifier. The screen zooming keybindings are <Super>m to zoom in and <Super>n to zoom out.

He is what we've changed.

  • Updated to Linux 3.16.0-33
  • Updated to Firefox 36
  • Updated to LibreOffice 4.4.1.2
  • Updated to LightDM GTK Greeter 2.0.0 which now includes a MATE logo in the session switcher.
  • Updated MATE specific autostart files and configuration so they do not conflict with other desktop environments.
  • Updated the built-in languages.
    • en es pt bn fr hi ja zh-hans
  • Added LightDM GTK Greeter Settings 1.10. Thanks to Sean M. Davis
  • Fixed sound themes. Thanks to Sergio Schneider of the Ubunt MATE Updated project
  • Fixed auto-login on first boot if auto-login was selected during the install.
  • Enabled X zapping via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.
  • Enabled touch to click by default for touchpads.
  • Enabled Qt accessibility modules when a MATE session is detected.
  • Backported GTK 2.24.27.
  • Backported Ubiquity compatibility features for MATE from 15.04.
  • Backported Compiz compatibility features for MATE from 15.04.
    • MATE Tweak can be used to live switch between Compiz and Marco, no log out/in required.
  • Backported MATE Tweak from 15.04.
  • Backported MATE Menu from 15.04.
  • Backported the cloudtop meta package from 15.04 which is suitable for remote terminal deployment.
  • All MATE package updates from Debian 8.0 have been synced to Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10.

Excluding the Kernel and LibreOffice updates, these updates have been rolled out to existing Ubuntu MATE 14.04.1 installs.

You may also want to review the changes that were made in stock Ubuntu 14.04.2.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download

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Download

Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Known Issues

  • Virtualbox guests may only get a resolution of 640x480
    • LP: #1368784, see [comment #13](https://b$
    • Use System -> Preferences -> Additional Drivers to install the Virtualbox drivers that will correct the resolution.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in future development cycles.

Please report any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker so we can improve future releases.

Feedback

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.

by Martin Wimpress at March 23, 2015 09:54 PM

March 18, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 PPA Change

No action required

Since this blog post was first made there have been some complaints about having to enable a new PPA. Therefore the original PPA that is embedded in the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 iso images has been populated with updated packages that were shipped on the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 iso images.

This PPA now includes the current MATE 1.8 packages and all the bugs that have been fixed by the MATE package maintainer for Debian. In order to get your updates, no further action is required.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 - Optional

If you are running Ubuntu MATE 14.10 you should consider adding this following PPA to get access to optional MATE packages that were not included in the iso images.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/utopic-mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

by Martin Wimpress at March 18, 2015 09:45 PM

March 14, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

mintCast 220 - Ubuntu MATE

Last week I joined Rob, Scott and Joe on mintCast episode 220. I had a great time and was invited to participate as a guest throughout the whole show. The main feature was Ubuntu MATE where I talked about how the project got started, how official Ubuntu status affects the project and how the Ubuntu MATE and Linux Mint teams are collaborating.

mintCast Episode 220

The one about Ubuntu MATE with Martin Wimpress

Listen

mintCast put out a podcast every two weeks and although Linux Mint features most episodes it is also a great podcast for catching up on news in the Open Source community and the mintCast Team often review other interesting Open Source and Linux projects. Add it to your pod catcher!

by Martin Wimpress at March 14, 2015 03:47 PM

March 13, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Compiz in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

This short video introduces Compiz, a 3D-accelerated desktop effects compositor, that is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

New videos in this series will be added to the following YouTube playlist.

by Martin Wimpress at March 13, 2015 05:22 PM

March 12, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Gufw in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

This short video introduces Gufw, a firewall configuration utility, that is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

New videos in this series will be added to the following YouTube playlist.

by Martin Wimpress at March 12, 2015 07:39 PM

March 11, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Folder Color in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

This short video introduces Folder Color which is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

New videos in this series will be added to the following YouTube playlist.

by Martin Wimpress at March 11, 2015 08:00 PM

March 10, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Interface switching with Ubuntu MATE 15.04

This short video introduces Interface Switching which is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04 and is available in the MATE Tweak utility.

New videos in this series will be added to the following YouTube playlist.

by Martin Wimpress at March 10, 2015 07:00 PM

March 09, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Tilda in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

This short video introduces Tilda, a pull-down terminal, that is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

New videos in this series will be added to the following YouTube playlist.

by Martin Wimpress at March 09, 2015 08:00 PM

March 03, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE gets legit

I spoke with Chris Fisher from the Linux Action Show last night during Episode 82 of the Linux Unplugged podcast. We talked about Ubuntu MATE becoming official, what the benefits of gaining official status are, the new features you can expect to see in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 and how Ubuntu MATE is helping to fund other Open Source projects. The embedded video below starts at the begining of our chat.

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around Linux, Open Source and Technology. Take a look, you'll probably find something of interest.

by Martin Wimpress at March 03, 2015 11:57 PM

February 28, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE February 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been generous as always and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE project and the community site. In fact, this month we are able to reward some other projects that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for February 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for February 2015.
  • Purchase Raspberry Pi 2 to help with developing Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2.
  • Purchase ODROID C1 to help with developing Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for ODROID C1.

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and therefore new Ubuntu MATE releases are distrubuted via the Canonical mirror network, we are still serving ~900 downloads of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10 per day from our servers. Given that we have committed to support Ubuntu MATE 14.04 until 2019 these donations are much appreciated and help cover the bandwdith costs are delivering the downloads and fund the deveopment servers when we need to prepare new .iso image for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source Projects

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month that Ubuntu MATE has a surplus of funds we will make a contribution to an Open Source project that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from. This months choice was easy. We recieved an email that read as follows:

THANKS a lot for including my 2 apps (Gufw & Folder Color) in Ubuntu MATE!! It's an honor for me :$ If you want, you have got my permission for removing the donate menu entry in Folder Color in Ubuntu MATE.

Why? Because I'm impressed with your professional & hard work and I love the MATE project.

So, we are delighted to say that Ubuntu MATE has donated $50 to the Folder Color project and also $50 to the Gufw project, both developed by Marcos Costales.

Marcos, thank you for creating two great applications, one that improves the security of Ubuntu MATE users and another that enhances their productivity. Thank you for generously explaining how to disable the donate links within the Folder Color application, I hope our donations go some way to repaying you?

Donations to MATE Desktop

Those of you who have downloaded Ubuntu MATE from this website recently will have noticed the Download Tip we place on the page. We've made it clear that those tips are shared between the Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects. We have donated half the download tips from January 2015 and February 2015 to MATE Desktop, which we are pleased to say amounts to €30.

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven't already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to the following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons who, after processing fees, donated $119.46.

  • Jeroen Bots
  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić
  • Bob Wright
  • Poul LeBlanc
  • Chris Gardiner-Bill
  • Stephen Cook
  • Tavis Gillard
  • DoctorKraz
  • Beda Frey
  • Tak Suyu
  • Sergio Rivera
  • Mike Steveline
  • Dirk-Jan van der Hoorn
  • Krishna
  • Tim Apple
  • David Hollings
  • Patrik Nilsson

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

Summary of donations

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
28/02/2015 Tom Ziller $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
28/02/2015 Flavio Pelliconi $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
28/02/2015 L S Colby $2.50 $2.10 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
28/02/2015 Albert Kimmel $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
28/02/2015 Joseph Burgwinkle $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
27/02/2015 Alan Cocks £10.00 £9.46 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
27/02/2015 Dirk-Jan Van Der Hoorn €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
27/02/2015 Richard Eburah €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
27/02/2015 Serge Rivera $5.00 $4.45 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
26/02/2015 Nicolas Jean-Robert Abello €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
26/02/2015 Javier Munguia $2.00 $1.60 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
25/02/2015 Antoine Messiah $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
25/02/2015 Kirk Gleason $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
25/02/2015 Carla Boffi $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
25/02/2015 John Knight $20.00 $18.92 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
24/02/2015 Mark Perkins $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download Tip
24/02/2015 Adam Romanowski $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
24/02/2015 Jonas Blixt $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
24/02/2015 Stuart Rackham $25.00 $23.47 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
24/02/2015 David Potter £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
22/02/2015 Dave Hills £3.00 £2.70 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
22/02/2015 David Pless $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
21/02/2015 Curt Smith $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
21/02/2015 Dirk-Jan Van Der Hoorn $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
21/02/2015 Adriaan Van Natijne $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
21/02/2015 Riyogarta $2.00 $1.60 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
21/02/2015 Dutch Valley Tech $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
19/02/2015 David Velayos García $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
18/02/2015 Alastair Scott £20.00 £19.12 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
18/02/2015 Richard Haas $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/02/2015 Rainer Senke $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download Tip
16/02/2015 Glenn Millam $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
16/02/2015 R Lebar $2.00 $1.63 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
15/02/2015 Pietro Cirincione $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
15/02/2015 Nathan Dial $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
15/02/2015 MAHİR AŞUT $2.00 $1.61 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
15/02/2015 Anthony Winter $2.00 $1.60 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
14/02/2015 David Shiffer Sr $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download Tip
13/02/2015 Tommy Chang $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
13/02/2015 Hong Ly €25.00 €23.80 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
12/02/2015 Colin Mills £10.00 £9.46 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
12/02/2015 Julian Coombes $2.00 $1.63 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
11/02/2015 Luke Horwell £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
11/02/2015 Sören Cisnik $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
11/02/2015 Fungusware $2.00 $1.60 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
10/02/2015 Marcelo Llosa $2.00 $1.60 Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download Tip
10/02/2015 Razvan Enescu €15.00 €14.14 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
09/02/2015 Thomas Müller $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
09/02/2015 Andrew Neher $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
08/02/2015 Ignacio Beltran Amador $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
08/02/2015 Computer Support Aps $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
08/02/2015 Daniel Brunner $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
07/02/2015 Jose Ortiz $2.00 $1.63 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
05/02/2015 John Bedford €25.00 €23.80 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
05/02/2015 Jeff Silverman $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
05/02/2015 Ken Brunt $2.00 $1.63 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
05/02/2015 Christopher Goodwin $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download Tip
03/02/2015 Ademir Ederson Aparecido Giraldelli $10.00 $9.21 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
03/02/2015 Werner Heer $57.00 $54.19 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
02/02/2015 Petter Viklund €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
02/02/2015 Jason Kinas $30.00 $28.53 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
02/02/2015 Justin Schwartzbeck $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
01/02/2015 Edgar Cheetham $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
  • After processing fees a total of $119.46 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $252.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $227.09, of which $58.25 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Desktop project.
  • A total of €95.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €89.32.
  • A total of £53.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £50.0.

by Martin Wimpress at February 28, 2015 09:18 PM

February 26, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta1

Achievement Unlocked!

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now an official member of the Ubuntu family.

Ubuntu MATE

Yes, we finally made it! Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta1 is now available for official download. This official release builds on Ubuntu MATE Alpha2, introduces some new features and is officially official :-D

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 release?

Well, the big change is largely backend stuff as Ubuntu MATE has transitioned from our unofficial iso build servers to the official Canonical build infrastructure. From Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward images are now built alongside the other members of the Ubuntu family.

I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to the following Ubuntu developers who have helped make this possible:

It is also worth mentioning that the Xubuntu team have been ever so welcoming and great collaborators. Some new features in Ubuntu MATE have come directly from Xubuntu development efforts. As always, I can't thank Mike Gabriel and Vangelis Mouhtsis enough for their help working the MATE packages through Debian and fixing bugs. A large percentage of the Ubuntu MATE development is actually taking place in Debian.

Here what changed since Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2:

  • Added everything required to build Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to the official Ubuntu archive.
  • Added PowerPC as an officially supported architecture for Ubuntu MATE 15.04.
  • Added an interface layout switcher to MATE Tweak, see the video below.
  • Added Plank.
    • Plank is not enabled by default, but can be activated via the Eleven layout in MATE Tweak.
  • Added Folder Colors.
  • Added menu categories to System -> Preferences.
  • Added OEM Install.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status.
  • Updated LightDM GTK Greeter to 2.0.0 which now includes a MATE logo in the session switcher.
  • Updated LightDM GTK Greeter Settings 1.10. Thanks to Sean M. Davis
  • Updated Yuyo GTK theme to better support GTK 3.14. Thanks to Sam Hewitt.
  • Fixed GTK+ 2.x so it better supports multi monitor under MATE. Thanks to Vlad Orlov (MATE Core Dev).
    • This was then merge upstream. Thanks Wolfgang Ulbrich (MATE Core Dev)
    • This resulted in GTK 2.24.26 being released which is now included in Ubuntu 15.04.
  • Fixed uninstalling packages from the Ubuntu MATE meta packages.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status.
  • Fixed being an unofficial Ubuntu flavour.
    • This is as a result of achieving official status ;-)
  • Merged MATE Compatibility integration into upstream Compiz
    • While Compiz is installed by default, it is not enabled by default.
    • MATE Tweak includes an option to switch between Marco and Compiz, no log out/in required.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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Download

Known Issues

It is not all good news however. Here are the known issues.

  • MATE 1.8x is not fully compatible with glibc >= 2.43.1 which now features in Ubuntu 15.04. The MATE team have been working on patches but they have not yet made there way into the official Ubuntu archive. Therefore the following PPA should be enabled to get the fixes. You really want to do this:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/vivid-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

  • The "Notification Area" crashes on first start, and then at random intervals there after but only for the i386 build.

    • LP: #1425401
    • When the "Notification Area" has quit unexpectedly` dialogue appears click Reload.
  • Live switching between Compiz and Marco is somewhat experimental and may result in no window decorations on some older GPUs.
  • Virtualbox guests may only get a resolution of 640x480
  • Running an Ubuntu MATE live session as a Virtualbox guest may corrupt the video output of the guest.
    • You can correct the video display by pressing Host+F1 to switch VT in the guest and then press Host+F7 to switch back which will correct the video output.
  • The .iso images are a little bigger than they need to be and include some unnecessary packages. This is due to the transition from unofficial to official builds and will be addressed for Beta 2 or the Release Candidate.
  • Some packages schedule for inclusion in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 have not yet made it into the official archive. Hopefully this can be addressed before Beta 2.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Feedback

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.

by Martin Wimpress at February 26, 2015 05:30 PM

February 06, 2015

Efstathios Iosifidis

Τι να εγκαταστήσω σε ένα Η/Υ με μνήμη -256kb και επεξεργαστή που κινείται με μανιβέλα;

Αφορμή για το παρόν άρθρο είναι το γεγονός που συναντώ συχνά σε facebook αλλά και σε συζητήσεις φίλων σχετικά με το ποια διανομή (ή windows) να εγκαταστήσουν σε ένα πεθαμένο υπολογιστή, πολύ παλαιάς τεχνολογίας, με ελάχιστη μνήμη (γι'αυτό έβαλα στον τίτλο αρνητηκή μνήμη και μονάδα μέτρησης kb). Οι περισσότερες απαντήσεις μου είναι γενικά ίδιες (και έρχονται μέσα από την έρευνα του Μάρτιν). Εδώ θα προσπαθήσω να αναλύσω (με όσες γνώσεις έχω. Σίγουρα υπάρχουν και άλλες). Εάν έχετε υπολογιστή σχετικά καλό, μπορείτε να δείτε και την ανάρτηση που έκανα σχετικά με την καλύτερη διανομή για νέο χρήστη.

Καταρχήν οι περισσότερες ερωτήσεις είναι του στυλ "Έχω ένα Pentium 4 με 512ΜΒ μνήμη. Τι διανομή να βάλω;"
Η πραγματική ερώτηση όμως είναι "Έχω έναν άθλιο υπολογιστή και θέλω να τον αναστήσω γιατί δεν έχω χρήματα. Τι διανομή να βάλω έτσι ώστε να έχω έναν υπολογιστή που να μπορεί να είναι γρήγορος και να είναι σαν να έχω έναν i7 με άπειρη μνήμη;"

Πριν από όλα, δείτε την περίπτωση να μεγαλώσετε την μνήμη. Που θα βρείτε παλιά μνήμη; Μπορείτε να βρείτε σε διάφορα LUGs, να αγοράσετε από το ebay ή από ιστοσελίδες με αγγελίες (στην τελική βάλτε εσείς αγγελία ότι ζητάτε). Σε διάφορα forums. Σε διάφορες ιστοσελίδες ανακύκλωσης (ή τύπου ανακύκλωσης).

Για να βάλουμε τα πράγματα σε μια σειρά. Ας δούμε λίγο τον πίνακα του Μάρτιν που αναφέρει πόση μνήμη καταναλώνει το κάθε γραφικό περιβάλλον.

| Desktop Environment | Memory Used |
| ---------------------|------------:|
| Enlightenment 0.18.8 | 83.8 MiB |
| LXDE 0.5.5 | 87.0 MiB |
| XFCE 4.10.2 | 110.0 MiB |
| LXQt 0.7.0 | 113.0 MiB |
| MATE 1.8.1 | 123.0 MiB |
| Cinnamon 2.2.13 | 176.3 MiB |
| GNOME3 3.12.2 | 245.3 MiB |
| KDE 4.13.1 | 302.6 MiB |
| Unity 7.2.0.14 | 312.5 MiB |

Δεν τα αναφέρει όλα. Υπάρχουν και άλλα όπως το openbox, το i3, το awsome. Είναι μερικά γραφικά περιβάλλοντα που είναι μεν για πεθαμένα μηχανάκια αλλά, προφανώς, δεν είναι για όσους θέλουν να αναστήσουν τον υπολογιστή τους. Επίσης, οι περισσότεροι ρωτάνε για να αναστήσουν υπολογιστή φίλου, ο οποίος όμως το μόνο που γνωρίζει είναι τα windows.

Από τον παραπάνω πίνακα, προσωπικά, θα επέλεγα Enlightenment αλλά και το MATE (επειδή γνωρίζω να το παραμετροποιώ).
Εσείς επιλέξτε ένα γραφικό περιβάλλον που γνωρίζετε να παραμετροποιείτε. Μετά επιλέξτε μια διανομή που επίσης γνωρίζετε να παραμετροποιείτε. Σε περίπτωση που η διανομή εφαρμόζει και το γραφικό περιβάλλον (πχ Ubuntu MATE για το MATE, Bodhi για το Enlightenment κλπ), τότε αυτό είναι μεν η ιδανική επιλογή σας, αλλά θα πρέπει να γνωρίζετε για να απενεργοποιείτε υπηρεσίες κλπ. Οι περισσότερες διανομές, εγκαθιστούν ότι να ναι, έχοντας στόχο πιο γερά μηχανάκια.

Αφού επιλέξετε λοιπόν το γραφικό και την διανομή, ακολουθούν τα προγράμματα. Το πιο μνημοβόρο πρόγραμμα είναι ο browser σας. Οι περισσότερες διανομές έχουν ως προεπιλογή το Firefox. Είναι γνωστό ότι ο Firefox και ο Chrome-Chromium καταναλώνουν σχεδόν όλη τη διαθέσιμη μνήμη σας. Οπότε σε αυτή την περίπτωση επιλέξτε κάτι πιο νορμάλ, όπως ο Midori ή Epiphany. Επίσης, οι τεχνολογίες που υπάρχουν στο Internet σήμερα, είναι διαφορετικές από αυτές του παρελθόντος, επομένως, παίζει να υπάρχει καθυστέρηση στις ιστοσελίδες που επισκέφτεστε.

Μια πολύ καλή λύση είναι και η διανομή Puppy Linux. Και αυτή όμως, δεν φαίνεται να είναι λύση που προτιμούν αρκετοί.

Δείτε τα αποτελέσματα άλλης έρευνας, σχετικά με την κατανάλωση μνήμης των GUI και με φωτογραφίες... (άρθρο μέρος 1, μέρος 2, μέρος 3).



Προσωπικά προτιμώ την λύση Arch με γραφικό MATE. Όπως βλέπετε και στην εικόνα, μετά την εκκίνηση, καταναλώνει μόνο 97ΜΒ από τα 512ΜΒ. Υπάρχει και αρκετός χώρος και για Firefox εδώ, αλλά προτίμησα τον Midori.



Επίσης, σε λίγο πιο δυνατά μηχανάκια, και ειδικότερα σε φίλους, προτιμώ openSUSE λόγω-επειδή υπάρχει το YaST και διευκολύνει τις ρυθμίσεις. Εδώ είμαστε λίγο πιο βαρυά.



Αυτό αποδεικνύει τα λεγόμενά μου παραπάνω. Εάν επιλέξετε μια διανομή που εφαρμόζει το γραφικό περιβάλλον, θα σας εγκαταστήσει πολλά πρόσθετα που θα καταναλώνει μνήμη, χωρίς να χρειάζονται.

ΣΥΜΠΕΡΑΣΜΑ

1. Προτιμήστε γραφικό περιβάλλον που γνωρίζετε την παραμετροποίηση.
2. Επιλέξτε διανομή που γνωρίζετε να παραμετροποιείτε.
3. Σε περίπτωση που τα δυο παραπάνω δεν υπάρχουν και το μηχάνημα είναι για ανακύκλωση, επιλέξτε Enlightenment ή MATE.
4. Επιλέξτε light browser.
5. Μην εκτελείτε προγράμματα κατά την εκκίνηση. ΜΟΝΟ τα απαραίτητα (με την παραμετροποίηση της διανομής, απενεργοποιείστε υπηρεσίες).

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at February 06, 2015 01:47 PM

February 01, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE January 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE community and project.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for January 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for January 2015.
  • New ubuntu-mate.community domain registration.
  • SSL/TLS certificate costs for ubuntu-mate.community.
  • Paid for a 2nd hand iBook G4 for developing the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE.

Thank you!

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven't already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to the following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons who, after processing fees, donated $93.16

  • Jeroen Bots
  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić
  • Bob Wright
  • Poul LeBlanc
  • Chris Gardiner-Bill
  • Stephen Cook
  • Tavis Gillard
  • DoctorKraz
  • Beda Frey
  • Tak Suyu

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

Summary of donations

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
31/01/2015 Thales Fontes Protázio Da Silva $1.00 $0.65 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
29/01/2015 Xijun Wang $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
29/01/2015 Sergio Núñez Cárdenas $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
29/01/2015 G. Richard Szalay $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
29/01/2015 Pietro Arena €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
29/01/2015 Albert Washuettl €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
29/01/2015 Mark Sangwin $30.00 $28.53 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
28/01/2015 Pedro Delicado Ponce $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
28/01/2015 Ben Bertlin $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
27/01/2015 Gerd Ewald $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download Tip
25/01/2015 AJ Graphics $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE Download Tip
25/01/2015 Dubinin Alexander $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE Download Tip
25/01/2015 Lukas Gliem $1.00 $0.66 Ubuntu MATE Download Tip
24/01/2015 Stuart Rackham $25.00 $23.47 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
23/01/2015 Robin Thompson $1.00 $0.67 Ubuntu MATE Download Tip
22/01/2015 Edwin Nesman $50.00 $47.75 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/01/2015 Lademir Azevedo $15.00 $13.96 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/01/2015 Walter Dietrich €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
15/01/2015 Russell Hoover $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
13/01/2015 Jan-Dirk Gramberg £10.00 £9.41 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
11/01/2015 Andy Carmichael £10.00 £9.46 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
10/01/2015 James Taylor $25.00 $23.72 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
07/01/2015 Roberto Mattioli €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
05/01/2015 Artem Chuprin $5.00 $4.45 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
05/01/2015 Razvan Enescu €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
05/01/2015 Johny Ferreira $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
04/01/2015 Lewis Steele £2.50 £2.21 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
02/01/2015 Paolo Bravi €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
02/01/2015 Justin Schwartzbeck $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE Monthly Supporter
  • After processing fees a total of $93.16 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $190.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $176.1.
  • A total of €45.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €41.37.
  • A total of £22.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £21.08.

Outgoings

In January 2015 the total outgoings for the Ubuntu MATE community was €187.87. This is much higher than our typical projected monthly costs because it covered the domain registration and SSL/TLS certificate for ubuntu-mate.community, setup fees for the new community server, a 2nd hand iBook G4 for developing and testing the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE in addition to the ususal server hosting for the community sites and development servers.

by Martin Wimpress at February 01, 2015 10:03 AM

January 28, 2015

MATE

Meet MATE's Mastermind

I was fortunate enough to be invited on to Episode 347 of the Linux Action Show to talk a little about MATE Desktop, where it came from and where it is headed. The interview with me is embedded below.

I wasn't able to cover all the development objectives of MATE 1.10 in the time available so I recommend you take a look at the MATE Roadmap for a complete overview. If you should have any additional questions, or would like to contribute to the project, then we look forward to chatting with you in the #mate IRC channel or reviewing your pull-requests on GitHub.

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around FLOSS. Take a look, you may find something that interests you.

Discussion Comments

by Stefano Karapetsas at January 28, 2015 10:17 PM

January 22, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 is now available for download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and 14.10 and introduces some new features. The observant among you will notice that there was no Alpha1 release because, reasons.

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 release?

Here what changed in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha2 since Ubuntu MATE 14.10. Some of these fixes and improvements have already been back ported to 14.10 and made available via updates.

  • Updated the Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE icon themes with green icons. Thanks to Michael Tunnell.
  • Added community contributed wallpaper from Gerard Aalders.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Matt Kelley.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Paolo Bravi.
  • Added some community contributed wallpapers from Steve Cook.
  • Added Yuyo and Yuyo-Dark themes with Yuyo-Dark being the default. Thanks to Sam Hewitt.
  • Added missing libnss-mdns LP #1380945.
  • Added missing faces pixmaps LP #1385822.
  • Added MATE Menu, which is a fork of MintMenu.
  • Added MATE Tweak, which is a fork of MintDesktop.
  • Added Compiz support. MATE Tweak can be used to live switch between Compiz and Marco, no log out/in required.
  • Enabled X zapping via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.
  • Enabled screen reader activation via LightDM indicators and LightDM key bindings.
  • Enabled touch to click by default for touchpads.
  • Enable Tilda pull-down terminal integration. Press F12 to show/hide.
  • Fixed GRUB theme activation.
  • Fixed Calculator media keys LP #1382781.
  • Fixed package conflicts with gnome-applets LP #1378666.
  • Fixed sound themes. Thanks to Sergio Schneider of the Ubunt MATE Updated project
  • Fixed auto-login on first boot if auto-login was selected during the install.
  • Replaced Totem with VLC as per the community VLC poll.
  • Contributed patches to Ubiquity the provide better support for MATE.
  • All MATE package updates from Debian have been automatically synced to Ubuntu 15.04.
  • Ubuntu 15.04 has adopted multilib GObject introspection runtime (gir) which means Caja plugins now work "out of the box".

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Download

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Download

Known Issues

Here are the known issues.

  • Yuyo themes do not render some UI elements correctly, such as check boxes and radio buttons. This is why Ambiant-MATE is still used for the live session and the LightDM theme.
  • Live switching between Compiz and Marco is experimental and may result in an inconsistent Compiz configuration.
  • Running an Ubuntu MATE live session as a Virtualbox may corrupt the video output of the guest.
    • You can correct the video display by pressing Host+F1 to switch VT in the guest and then press Host+F7 to switch back which will correct the video output.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Feedback

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.

by Martin Wimpress at January 22, 2015 11:53 PM

January 14, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE community launched

Some months ago we asked if the Ubuntu MATE community was interested in expanding without using social networks. The answer was clear. Yes, you do. Then we asked if the community would fund the required infrastructure and hosting. And you did! Thank you to everyone who became a monthly sponsor or donated.

Join the Ubuntu MATE Community

The communications hub for Ubuntu MATE is now open.

Join the Community

The Ubuntu MATE team decided to use Discourse to provide a community space. You can sign up for an account on the our server or you can sign in with your social profiles if you want to. Discourse has a responsive design so anyone can access the community from any device, no apps required.

The Ubuntu MATE community will act as forum, wiki and also replaces traditional mailing lists. When you sign up you'll receive a message that explains how to get around Discourse and use its most common features. Our hope is that the new Ubuntu MATE community site will become the hub through which all Ubuntu MATE communication can flow.

The server

A new quad core server with 4GB of RAM, 800GB RAID-6 Disk and 6TB bandwidth has been deployed. It is running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS and Docker is running in a container. Mandrill is integrated for email notifications and CloudFlare provide an edge caching CDN, application firewall and adds an additional layer of spam prevention. The site is only available via https using TLS 1.0 (or higher), has HSTS enabled and uses perfect forward secrecy (PFS). The webserver also has SPDY enabled and StatusCake is used to monitor the site availability and response times. At the time of writing the Ubuntu MATE community site gets an A+ rating from SSL Labs.

We hope you enjoy the new Ubuntu MATE community. See you on the other side!

by Martin Wimpress at January 14, 2015 09:45 PM

January 02, 2015

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE December 2014 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can fund a new Ubuntu MATE community site.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for December 2014.
  • Creation and hosting of the new community site for January 2015.
  • Funding prizes for upcoming community competitions.
  • Paid for a 2nd hand iBook G4 for developing the PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE.

Thank you!

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven't already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to the following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons who donated a total of $102.50, which after processing fees amounted to $93.31.

  • Jeroen Bots
  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

PayPal, Flattr and Gratipay

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
26/12/2014 Charles W Bond III $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
24/12/2014 Stuart Rackham $25.00 $23.47 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
22/12/2014 Leonardo Robinson $15.00 $14.11 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
21/12/2014 Serge Rivera $50.00 $47.25 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
14/12/2014 Christopher Schumacher €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
12/12/2014 Stephen Cook £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
11/12/2014 Jonathan Holton £5.00 £4.63 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
03/12/2014 Stephan Kaps €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
01/12/2014 Daniel Rusek $2.00 $1.61 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
01/12/2014 Kawai Ryo $5.00 $4.45 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
  • A total of $107.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $100.2.
  • A total of €15.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €13.79.
  • A total of £10.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £9.26.

by Martin Wimpress at January 02, 2015 09:31 AM

December 16, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 for PowerPC

A PowerPC edition of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 is ready for testing thanks to Adam Smith from the Ubuntu MATE community!

Adam has uploaded the .iso image to OneDrive and it is available from the link below.

Adam says:

Those familiar with PowerPC will know that yaboot is the default bootloader, and that remains so here, but I've also added grub to make booting directly from an iso file easier. There is no need to burn a DVD!

You can use the following hashes to confirm the integrity of the ubuntu-mate-14.04.1-dev.34508-desktop-powerpc.iso download.

  • md5sum 2bb57b2bbf87b668a94c38dd0393b263
  • sha1sum 9fe995a2832e2c0bcce5604b08095fb7217882ac
  • sha256sum b53d2836c00a2f9180353e908f09ee9eb4b17138dcc72bf692c6bd68b2756032

You can find Adam's announcement on Ubuntu MATE Google+ community. So, if you have any questions or feedback I suggest you contact Adam here.

Thanks very much to Adam for taking this on and well done on bringing Ubuntu MATE to another platform!

by Martin Wimpress at December 16, 2014 10:56 PM

December 10, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE November 2014 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been most generous and ensured that we can fund a new Ubuntu MATE community site.

How will these donations be spent?

These initial donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and build server costs to date!
  • The one time setup costs for the new server to host the new community site.
  • The first month of hosting the new community site.
  • The production of an Ubuntu MATE T-shirt and international shipping charges for the core contributors to Ubuntu MATE 14.10.

Thank you!

Please Donate

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. If you haven't already, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

Patrons

Many thanks to the following people for becoming Ubuntu MATE patrons.

  • Jeroen Bots
  • Robert Meineke
  • Roland Smith
  • Joe
  • Paul Goff
  • Cato Gaustad
  • Narvik, Norge
  • SpazzyC
  • Steve J. Radonich IV
  • Ivan Pejić

Here is the complete list of all the Ubuntu MATE patrons.

PayPal, Flattr and Gratipay

Many thanks to the following people for donating to the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

Date Name Donated After fees Description
29/11/2014 Colin Mills £10.00 £9.46 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
29/11/2014 John Bedford €25.00 €23.80 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
26/11/2014 Leonardo Robinson $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
25/11/2014 David Wolski €50.00 €47.95 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
23/11/2014 Ulrich Günther €15.00 €14.14 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
21/11/2014 Carlos Fuentes Lopez €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
18/11/2014 Steven South £2.50 £2.21 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
18/11/2014 Johan Vandekerckhove €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/11/2014 Sijie Bu $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
17/11/2014 Liferenko Igor $10.00 $9.26 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
15/11/2014 Matthew Kelley $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
14/11/2014 Hrafnkell Hallmundsson $2.00 $1.62 Ubuntu MATE One-time Donation
13/11/2014 Nicolas Jean-Robert Abello €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE
13/11/2014 Christoph Koernig €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE
12/11/2014 Christopher Dexholm $20.00 $18.94 Ubuntu MATE
12/11/2014 Coryell Clayworks $5.00 $4.50 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Glen Anstine $20.00 $18.92 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Mikhail Varantsou $15.00 $14.04 Ubuntu MATE
11/11/2014 Orlov Vlad $100.00 $95.30 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Falk Ziegler €10.00 €9.31 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Niko Fröhlich €5.00 €4.48 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Charles Malpas $10.00 $9.21 Ubuntu MATE
10/11/2014 Tavis Gillard $10.00 $9.31 Ubuntu MATE
  • A total of $212.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $199.41.
  • A total of €130.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €122.43.
  • A total of £12.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £11.67.
  • A total of €12.38 was donated via Flattr, which after processing fees amounted to €12.38.

by Martin Wimpress at December 10, 2014 09:56 PM

November 20, 2014

Efstathios Iosifidis

[COMMUNITY] How to organize-start an open source community



This is an attempt to make a list of things that someone-group of people can follow to develop a healthy community or team. This post is an overview of what I did with Kostas for the Greek openSUSE community.
A small detail is that we were only 2. So we took decisions fast. We didn't have to vote or something.
We had an "advantage" because we have an awesome global community and we asked for something we weren't sure how to proceed.

Let's start:

0. Have a clear goal. What you want to do. Have a big goal that some parts aren't "visible" when you start.
1. Web page: This is the web page-blog that will show information about community, the distro or the project. Make it visible on planets. BE CAREFUL. Don't focus on how to make a great site-blog using personal wordpress, drupal etc. Set it up on blogger and start post articles. You want CONTENT (write an article every other day). Don't spend time to maintain or secure your web page.
2. Mailing list: Ask the project if they can setup for you. If not, then try to find alternatives such as google groups.
3. IRC Channel
4. Forum: Prefer to ask from the project to setup a section for your language. If your project doesn't have forum, then ask a LUG or tech forum to use their's. Do not have your forum setup in your host for the same reasons as before. Don't spend time to maintain or secure the forum.

The above list is the MUST have to start.
A key to everything is to try to have all information in your language, so it'll be "attractive" to people who like the idea of open source but they don't speak English. What's the role of such people? They can organize local events.

Next step is to advertise the whole project-distro. This can happen:
1. Write to blogs-forums (technological or not).
2. Create Facebook group/page and advertise your attempt to other groups/pages.
3. Create Twitter account and tweet news about your community.
4. Create Google Plus Profile/Community.
5. Contact press. First contact local and then national press.
6. If you have a newsletter or weekly magazine, it's good to translate it (or a piece of it), so the open source community in your country will learn about you and your projects.

Before deciding what social media accounts to create, be aware that you have to maintain them. So search the web, what social media is more famous to users. For "tech" users, Google Plus Communities is the perfect place. It also can be used instead of Forums.



A distro or project, it's not all about write code. It's have fun. So advertise it.
1. Release parties. When a new release is out, it's time to party.
2. Meet ups. A good place to organize them is http://meetup.com/. A meet up can be also a hangout.
3. Special teams. Check Fedora's example.
4. Beer-drinks. Check out ChicagoLUG.
5. Organize events on your own (start small and then go big). For example install fest or special nights (2 hours of projects presentations and 3-4 hours hacking). Join events (even cohost with other organizations) or conferences that will show people what you do. You should search some big events in your country and attend. Here is a tutorial about your presence at conference.
6. Then go big. Examples? Organize something like openSUSE summer collaboration camp or if there's a global conference, you can host it.



After you find people to follow you, then you can let them run special tasks (such as social media handling or forum moderator). When you're all set locally, then you can go global and show what you did.

During the process, don't act as leader or president. Since we're all volunteers on this, no one likes if someone is ordering people to do tasks. People like coordination. Someone that will remind the community deadlines, news, special days. Announce the results of a task, cheer up people by reward them (somehow).

People don't follow you for what you do. They follow you for why you do it.
So you have to know why you create a community.

A very good reference is Jos Poortvliet's blog about 5 steps to organizing a meetup. It's a small start that might go big.

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at November 20, 2014 02:00 PM

November 11, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Release

The Ubuntu MATE 14.04 final release is now available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in the 14.10 release and adds some additional features.

Thank you

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for helping create this release of Ubuntu MATE. These are the shoulders upon which I stand, the underlined names are those who've helped with adding new features since the 14.10 release:

Stefano Karapetsas, Alan Pope, Sam Hewitt, Sander Sweers, Mike Gabriel, Abel McClendon, Steve Zesch, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz, Goce Mitevski, Ivan Pejić, Jack Mohegan, Gerard Aalders, Riccardo Pecchioli, Michael Tunnell, Brett Wiley, Caleb Howland, Jonathan Nadeau, Daniel Holbach, Colin Watson, Iain Lain, Luke Velvich, Kendell Clark, Kyle Brouhard, Rob Whyte, Erich Eickmeyer, James Pellerano, Steve Radonich IV and Stephen Morrish.

And, thanks to the community. Thanks for showing an interest in Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for using Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for filing bug reports. Thanks for your suggestions. Thanks for testing. And most importantly, thanks for your contributions and creating a solid community on which we can build.

Thank you!

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 release?

This release is unusual in that it is based on Ubuntu MATE 14.04 but adds a number of new features and fixes many bugs. Although this is a 14.04 release you can consider it a newer version than 14.10 but many of the changes outlined below have already been released to Ubuntu MATE 14.10 via updates.

  • Updated the Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE themes with green icons. Thanks to Michael Tunnell.
  • Added community contributed wallpaper from Gerard Aalders.
  • Added missing libnss-mdns LP #1380945.
  • Added missing faces pixmaps LP #1385822.
  • Added missing policykit-desktop-priviledges.
  • Added support for Indicators and updated some panel layouts to include indicator enabled variants.
  • Added MATE Menu, which is a fork of MintMenu.
  • Added MATE Tweak, which is a fork of MintDesktop.
  • Enabled the Accessibility PPA to add Orca 3.14 which improves the accessibility of Firefox.
  • Enabled screen reader activation via LightDM indicators and LightDM key bindings.
  • Fixed accessibility keybindings to toggle the Orca screen reader. Thanks to Sander Sweers.
  • Fixed Plymouth not displaying boot up splash screens.
  • Fixed GRUB theme activation.
  • Fixed Calculator media keys LP #1382781.
  • Fixed package conflicts with gnome-applets LP #1378666.
  • Fixed mouse scrolling console pager application in mate-terminal LP #1337195.
  • Replaced Totem with VLC as per the community VLC poll.
  • Synced atril 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced caja-extensions 1.8.0-2 from Debian.
  • Synced engrampa 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced marco 1.8.2+dfsg1-4 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-applets 1.8.1+dfsg1-3 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-control-center 1.8.3+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-desktop 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-media 1.8.0+dfsg1-3 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-netbook 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-notification-daemon 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-panel 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-power-manager 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-session-manager 1.8.1-5 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-settings-daemon 1.8.2-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-terminal 1.8.1+dfsg1-2 from Debian.
  • Synced mate-utils 1.8.1+dfsg1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced mozo 1.8.0-2 from Debian.
  • Synced python-caja 1.8.1-1 from Debian.
  • Synced xzoom 0.3-24 from Debian.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Download

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Download

Useful Information

You may find the following information useful, which is why we titled the section Useful Information since the information presented here is mostly useful.

Known Issues

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in future development cycles.

Please report any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker so we can improve future releases.

Feedback

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.

by Martin Wimpress at November 11, 2014 07:13 PM

November 09, 2014

Efstathios Iosifidis

Install MATE on openSUSE using a script


We've seen the first tutorial how to install MATE on openSUSE 13.2. Then the second one about install MATE using NET installation.

Although there's a pattern to install, you can install it using the following script, so it'll place the Display Manager as well. Next release, I guess it'll be as option during installation on DVD (or NET Install).

1. Perform the installation as described here from 1-12.

2. Open your terminal and download the script mate.sh


3. Make the file mate.sh, executable.

chmod +x mate.sh

4. Run mate.sh

./mate.sh

Answer y (yes) to every question.

Here what's inside this script.

1. Install the necessary programs.

sudo zypper in gnome-main-menu mate-backgrounds mate-control-center mate-dialogs caja mate-icon-theme mate-notification-daemon mate-polkit marco mate-session-manager mate-settings-daemon mate-desktop mate-panel caja-image-converter caja-open-terminal caja-sendto caja-share dconf-editor mate-dictionary mate-disk-usage-analyzer mate-icon-theme-faenza mate-netspeed mate-screenshot mate-search-tool mate-sensors-applet mate-system-log mate-user-share mozo python-caja atril engrampa eom gucharmap mate-applets mate-calc mate-power-manager mate-media mate-screensaver mate-system-monitor mate-terminal mate-themes mate-menus atril-caja caja-engrampa marco-themes mate-common mate-icon-theme-faenza-dark mate-icon-theme-faenza-gray mate-indicator-applet patterns-openSUSE-mate_basis pluma lightdm git

2. It'll delete the /etc/sysconfigdisplaymanager. It will download from my git, my working displaymanager (lightdm as default).

git clone https://github.com/iosifidis/13.2.git

Will copy the file to /etc/sysconfig

3. After that, it'll delete all downloaded files.

4. Reboot. If everything was OK, then you'll see the following screen. Change session to MATE and you're all set.

Login Screen

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at November 09, 2014 08:26 AM

November 08, 2014

Efstathios Iosifidis

Install MATE on openSUSE 13.2 using NET install ISO


We've seen how to install MATE on openSUSE.

There's an easier way I think. Although that MATE isn't an option on installation DVD (we'll try to include it next time), there's an option on NET install ISO. Here we'll see how to do it.

INSTALLATION

1. Follow steps from previous tutorial from 1 to 10.

Install overview

2. Click on Software.

Install MATE


3. Click on MATE Desktop Environment.

Install MATE Desktop with GNOME

As you can see from the picture, it'll install GNOME Base System. You can unselect it without fear.

Install MATE Desktop with GNOME

4. Click OK and you'll be prompted back to Overview. As you can see from the picture, it says that I'll install MATE and GNOME Base System. It was the first time I installed it and I didn't see it :-(

Install Overview

5. After restart, I had the xdm Display Manager but it logged into GNOME. Just for the verification of the installation, I installed lightdm (sudo zypper in lightdm) and made it as default Display Manager.

LightDM as Display Manager

and here is the proof.

LightDM with MATE Desktop and GNOME

"Unfortunately" this is very base system. So you have to install everything else (codecs, firefox, gimp, vlc etc).

Have phun...

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at November 08, 2014 08:30 AM

November 07, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE community donations

A couple of months ago I asked if the Ubuntu MATE community was interested in expanding without using social networks. The answer was clear. Yes, you do.

The Ubuntu MATE team have decided to use Discourse to provide a community space that is not reliant on social networks but this will require a new, fairly beefy, virtual private server and some additional subscription services for email notifications. We are asking the Ubuntu MATE community members to make a small recurring contribution so that we can provide what you've asked for.

If this funding campaign generates more monthly income than required for our hosting alone then we will use the surplus to reward contributors, such as digital artists/designers, provide development bounties for implementing new features or fixing bugs and to help subsidise the travel expenses of team members to represent MATE Desktop and Ubuntu MATE at FLOSS conferences. If we have sufficient extra funds we will also donate to other Open Source projects that Ubuntu MATE depends upon and should we find ourselves in that fortunate position we will use our new shiny Discourse community to vote for the worthy beneficiaries.

We have setup a number of payment options that should hopefully suit everyone. Go on, be brilliant, help grow our community.

Grow your community

Become a full Ubuntu MATE community member by helping to grow and sustain it. Warm and fuzzy sensations guaranteed.

Donate

by Martin Wimpress at November 07, 2014 09:45 PM

November 05, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE to feature in LinuxWelt magazine

Some good news for Ubuntu MATE users in Germany.

I spent last weekend at the X2Go "gathering" in Essen, Germany. While there I got confirmation that Linux Welt magazine will feature Ubuntu MATE in their 2015-01 edition. LinuxWelt is Germany's best selling bi-monthly Linux and Open-Source magazine and is available in book stores all over Germany and via IDG's online shop.

David Wolski sent me a draft PDF of the Ubuntu MATE feature which one of the X2Go developers kindly translated for me at the weekend.

LinuxWelt

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 will also be the cover DVD feature and LinuxWelt have commissioned approximately 50,000 DVDs that will include the 32 bit version of Ubuntu MATE 14.10.

I encourage our German members to buy the LinuxWelt 2015-01 edition and for the rest of you reshare this blog post to help repay the support LinuxWelt have shown the Ubuntu MATE project. That said, earlier this evening I got another email from David Wolski with more good news. David has negotiated with IDG (his publisher) to release the Ubuntu MATE feature article as a free download. And here it is.

LinuxWelt coverage of Ubuntu MATE 14.10

Two page feature article about Ubuntu MATE 14.10 from LinuxWelt magazine.

Download PDF

You can also check out the link below for the online PC Welt summary of Ubuntu MATE and access the direct downloads of the Ubuntu MATE 14.10 .iso images they are hosting for us and the PDF of the article. What brilliant people!

by Martin Wimpress at November 05, 2014 07:33 PM

November 04, 2014

Efstathios Iosifidis

Install MATE on openSUSE 13.2


openSUSE 13.2 is out. This is the first version that MATE is included officially. Unfortunately, there's no option to install it as a whole but you can install it following the instructions.

Initial Installation

1. First of all, download the NET installation ISO or the DVD (prefer the NET installation because it'll be faster to download it).

2. Start your computer either with USB (NET installation) or DVD. You have to check your BIOS settings for that. Click Installation and wait.

Install

Install

3. Accept the Licence. Choose English (NOT your native language).

Licence

4. Next step, SYSTEM PROBING.

System Probing

5. New part of the installation procedure is this question. Do you want to add extra repositories? Do you want to use add-on products?

Extra repositories

6. Here is the partitioning. Default filesystem is btrfs for root partition.

Partitioning

You can change anything you want by clicking on Expert Partitioner.

Partitioning

7. Next step is time zone. Set the correct timezone.

Time zone

8. Here choose Minimal X Window. This will install ICEWM.

Install Minimal X Window

9. Write your name/username/password you want to use.

Username/password

If the password is weak, it'll warn you.

Weak password

10. All set. You're ready to install.

Here is an overview.
Install overview

Are you sure you want to install?
Install

11. Wait until it's over.

Install

Install

Install

Install

12. Restart and wait for the login screen.

Restart

Boot

Login Screen


MATE Installation

The environment is pretty ugly. You can install MATE over ncurses YaST or terminal.

Here are some images from ncurses YaST.

YaST MATE Install

YaST MATE Install

YaST MATE Install

or better use zypper. Here what you have to install:

zypper in gnome-main-menu mate-backgrounds mate-control-center mate-dialogs caja mate-icon-theme mate-notification-daemon mate-polkit marco mate-session-manager mate-settings-daemon mate-desktop mate-panel caja-image-converter caja-open-terminal caja-sendto caja-share dconf-editor mate-dictionary mate-disk-usage-analyzer mate-icon-theme-faenza mate-netspeed mate-screenshot mate-search-tool mate-sensors-applet mate-system-log mate-user-share mozo python-caja atril engrampa eom gucharmap mate-applets mate-calc mate-power-manager mate-media mate-screensaver mate-system-monitor mate-terminal mate-themes mate-menus atril-caja caja-engrampa marco-themes mate-common mate-icon-theme-faenza-dark mate-icon-theme-faenza-gray mate-indicator-applet patterns-openSUSE-mate_basis pluma

According to Benjamin, it's easier to install it using pattern. There wasn't a pattern when I was installing MATE. It will be available soon. So use the following command to install basic system (you should install some extra applications).

zypper in -t pattern mate_basis

Setup Window Manager:

Go to YaST to System-->/etc/sysconfig Editor.

System /etc/sysconfig Editor

Go to Desktop-->Window Manager-->DEFAULT_WM and add mate-session.

mate-session

Personally, I like LightDM as Displaymanager. So install it:

zypper in lightdm

Then set it up on YaST. Go to Desktop-->Display Manager-->DISPLAYMANAGER and write lightdm.

lightdm

Now restart and you'll see the following login screen. Don't forget to change the session to MATE (as you see here).

lightdm

The final result is promising. If the sonar theme isn't default, you can change it to that easily.

openSUSE MATE with sonar theme

Now you have fully MATE Desktop Environment. For the rest of the programs (firefox, libreoffice etc) go ahead and install them.

For more information, check our Portal: https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:MATE and contact us for any question you have.

Check the video:

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at November 04, 2014 12:21 PM

October 29, 2014

Stefano Karapetsas

Caja Extensions

Finally we merged in MATE 1.9 the job done by Alexander van der Meij for Google Summer of Code 2014, and from next stable release we will have the possibility to enable/disable Caja extensions at runtime.

Caja extensions

by Stefano Karapetsas at October 29, 2014 06:32 AM

October 24, 2014

Stefano Karapetsas

Ubuntu MATE 14.10

MATE

Wonderful! I have no other words to describe the yesterday release of Ubuntu MATE 14.10!

Thanks to Martin Wimpress and all Ubuntu MATE Team!

Read the official announce here.

by Stefano Karapetsas at October 24, 2014 10:35 AM

October 23, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release

The Ubuntu MATE 14.10 final release is now available for download. This release fixes a few issues that were present in the release candidate but make sure you read the release notes below.

Thank you

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for helping create this inaugural release of Ubuntu MATE. These are the shoulders upon which I stand:

Stefano Karapetsas, Alan Pope, Sam Hewitt, Sander Sweers, Mike Gabriel, Abel McClendon, Steve Zesch, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz, Goce Mitevski, Ivan Pejić, Jack Mohegan, Riccardo Pecchioli, Brett Wiley, Caleb Howland, Jonathan Nadeau, Daniel Holbach, Colin Watson, Iain Lain, Luke Velvich, Kendell Clark, Kyle Brouhard, Erich Eickmeyer, James Pellerano, Steve Radonich IV and Stephen Morrish.

And, thanks to the community. Thanks for showing an interest in Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for using Ubuntu MATE. Thanks for filing bug reports. Thanks for your suggestions. Thanks for testing. And most importantly, thanks for your contributions and creating a solid community on which we can build.

Thank you!

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since the release candidate?

This release has fixed a few minor issues and tweaked a couple things.

  • Full disk encryption, or rather entering your pass phrase into Plymouth, was properly fixed by the Ubuntu team.
  • Fixed missing configuration options in the workspace switcher applet LP #1382682
  • Fixed the live session not auto logging into the MATE desktop.
  • Added a background wall paper to Ubiquity.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Download

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Upgrading from the release candidate

If you have the release candidate installed, here is how to upgrade to the final release.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Upgrade Plymouth.

sudo apt-get install \
plymouth=0.9.0-0ubuntu7 \
plymouth-label=0.9.0-0ubuntu7 \
plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text=0.9.0-0ubuntu7

Reinstall Plymouth themes.

sudo apt-get --reinstall install plymouth-theme-ubuntu-mate-text
sudo apt-get --reinstall install plymouth-theme-ubuntu-mate-logo

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in future development cycles.

Feedback

Please report any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker so we can improve future releases.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at October 23, 2014 07:13 PM

October 20, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE in Utopic Mega Review

Chris, Matt, Erich and Noah from the Linux Action Show covered Ubuntu MATE along side other Ubuntu flavours in Show 335. Here is what they had to say about Ubuntu MATE, KDE Plasma 5.1, Xubuntu and Ubuntu. The reason this is a long clip is because Ubuntu MATE features more than once :-D

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around Linux, Open Source and Technology. Take a look, you'll probably find something of interest.

by Martin Wimpress at October 20, 2014 07:33 PM

October 15, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release Candidate

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 release candidate is now available for download. This is the last release prior to the final 14.10 release and fixes a few issues that were present in Beta2 please make sure you read the release notes below because there are still unresolved issues you'll need to be aware of.

What works?

Most things, more than in Beta2 at least. People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since Beta2?

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

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release Candidate Download

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Upgrading from Beta2

If you have Beta2 installed, here is how to upgrade to the release candidate.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

Although Ubuntu MATE includes fixes for Plymouth (full disk encryption and boot logo display) these are not official Ubuntu patches and currently specific to Ubuntu MATE. If Ubuntu update the Plymouth packages without fixing these issues then you may experience regressions in Ubuntu MATE which, if you're using full disk encrytion, could "brick" your system.

So, while we've "fixed" full disk encryption we still don't recommend you use it. Enabling home directory encryption is fully supported and completely safe to use.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported:

Testing

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 will be released on October 23rd and we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at October 15, 2014 09:00 PM

October 13, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

MATE interview with Linux Luddites

Linux Luddites were kind enough to interview me last week. We discussed the origins of MATE Desktop, it's future direction, how Ubuntu MATE came to be and where it is headed.

Linux Luddites Episode #26 was published earlier today and I suggest you head over to the Linux Luddites website and give it a listen.

If you've not listened to the Linux Luddites before then you should checkout their back catalog. It has been one of my favourite FLOSS podcasts for some months now that blends good discussion and insight with useful distro reviews and first impressions.

by Martin Wimpress at October 13, 2014 06:55 PM

MATE

MATE interview with Linux Luddites

Linux Luddites were kind enough to interview me last week. We discussed the origins of MATE Desktop, it's future direction, how Ubuntu MATE came to be and where it is headed.

Linux Luddites Episode #26 was published earlier today and I suggest you head over to the Linux Luddites website and give it a listen.

If you've not listened to the Linux Luddites before then you should checkout their back catalog. It has been one of my favourite FLOSS podcasts for some months now that blends good discussion and insight with useful distro reviews and first impressions.

by Martin Wimpress at October 13, 2014 06:55 PM

September 29, 2014

MATE

MATE 1.8 updated

Sander Sweers has released several updated packages for the MATE 1.8 series that addresses an assortment of bug fixes and minor updates. Some distributions have already incorporated these updates and the others will follow in due course. See below for the changes:

atril 1.8.1

  • Fixed crash when clicking empty canvas while loading
  • Fixed FTBFS when building with the clang compiler
  • Added keywords key to .desktop files

caja 1.8.2

  • Fixed text rendering on no background
  • Limit deep scount (folder contents and size) to one file system
  • Handle metadata key deletions
  • Propagate button-release event when ejecting

engrampa 1.8.1

  • Fixed opening files inside .rar files
  • Fixed possible errors with some password protected .rar files
  • Added keywords key to .desktop file
  • Updated several man pages
  • Do not set the selected app as the system default

eom 1.8.1

  • Fixed hyphen-as-minus-sign issues
  • Updated scrollbars when display is resized in "normal size" mode

marco 1.8.2

  • Fixed issues with maximized Java applications
  • Added _GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS hints for GTK3

mate-applets 1.8.1

  • Fixed file encoding
  • Added and updated several man pages
  • Updated policykit vendor URL

mate-control-center 1.8.3

  • Fixed typo in togglekeys-enable (a11y)
  • Fixed segfault with custom key bindings
  • Added support for metacity-2 themes in appearance capplet
  • Added several man pages
  • Added keywords key to .desktop files
  • Updated Marco WM name

mate-netbook 1.8.1

  • Fixed segfault on applet load
  • Added man page

mate-panel 1.8.1

  • Fixed "Add to Panel" context menu with multiple monitors

mate-power-manager 1.8.1

  • Fixed "levels is 0" warning if no kbd backlight present
  • Added support for upower-0.99 API
  • Added keywords key to .desktop file
  • Removed "battery recall" logic

mate-screen-saver 1.8.1

  • Fixed segfault in the absence of XRANDR

mate-settings-daemon 1.8.2

  • Replace googlemusicframe with nuvolaplayer
  • Updated schema to use toggle shell script

mate-system-tools 1.8.1

  • Fixed process liboobs errors in the callback function of mate-users-admin
  • Fixed possible segfault on exit for mate-users-admin

mate-terminal 1.8.1

  • Fixed opening new terminal in a tab
  • Added colon to PATHCHARS_CLASS for URL detection

mate-utils 1.8.1

  • Added keywords key to .desktop files
  • Fixed several man pages
  • Fixed gsearchtool format-security warning

python-caja 1.8.1

  • Now uses pkg-config for python detection and variables
Discussion Comments

by Martin Wimpress at September 29, 2014 08:39 PM

September 25, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta2

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta2 is now available for download. This second beta fixes a number of issues that were present in Beta1, adds a few new features and includes some more original artwork. We've managed to not introduce any new bugs this time but please make sure you read the release notes below because there are still unresolved issues you'll need to be aware of.

What works?

Most things, more than in Beta1 at least. People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since Beta1?

Beta2 has been focused on fixing broken things and improving what was already present in Beta1.

  • Released community contributed Ubuntu MATE Identy graphics from Goce Mitevski.
  • Added community contributed GRUB2 theme from Ivan Pejić.
  • Added gnome-system-tools due to community feedback requesting user and time management facilities. LP #1367772
  • Added indicators to Ubiquity that enable access to assistive features and basic system configuration.
  • Added assistive features to LightDM.
  • Added keybindings, compatible with Sonar, for toggling assistive features.
  • Added a MATE panel layout that is similar in appearance to Windows XP classic mode (see below for activation instructions).
  • Updated the default Ubuntu MATE panel layout to better reflect how Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 were arranged.
  • Updated some icon assets in Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE. Thanks to Jack Mohegan.
  • Updated some of the Ubiquity slides used in the installer slide show. Thanks to Ivan Pejić.
  • Updated font configuration to be consistent across applications.
  • Fixed installation failures when there is no active Internet connection. Really, it is fixed this time. LP #1363267
  • Fixed LightDM crashes that prevented the Live desktop session from working. LP #1369952
  • Fixed EFI computers displaying a black screen rendering the system unusable. LP #1353989
  • Fixed default application associations. LP #1364127
  • Fixed erroneous apt configuration that prevented recommended packages being installed.
  • Fixed video corruption in the Ubiquity installer.
  • Fixed activation of the default sound theme.
  • Fixed speaker test sounds in the Sound preferences.
  • Merged Ubuntu MATE specific PolicyKit desktop priviledges upstream. MERGE #230610
  • Removed virtualbox-guest-x11 from the Live session.
  • Removed wubi from the Ubuntu MATE iso image.

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Upgrading from Beta1

Some of the meta packages have changed since Beta1. If you have Beta1 installed, here is how to upgrade to Beta2.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

If you were tracking development packages between Beta1 and Beta2 you will want to remove grub-theme-ubuntu-mate since it has a new name now.

sudo apt-get remove grub-theme-ubuntu-mate

Complete the upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remove some obsolete packages.

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-mate-desktop-policy-priviledges

Remove an erroneous apt configuration that has existed since Alpha1.

sudo rm /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/00recommends

If you were tracking development packages between Beta1 and Beta2 you may want to remove IBus.

sudo apt-get purge ibus ibus-anthy ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 ibus-qt4

Reboot, login, start a shell and clean up.

sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Known Issues

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently in beta and we are aware of the following issues.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported:

Testing

The Ubuntu MATE release candidate will be released mid-October we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at September 25, 2014 10:45 AM

MATE

Debian and Ubuntu package repositories removed from mate-desktop.org

Thanks to the efforts of the MATE package maintainers for Debian MATE 1.8.1 is available in Debian Jessie (testing) and also Debian backports for Wheezy.

As a result of MATE 1.8.1 hitting the Debian testing repositories earlier this year, MATE 1.8.1 is also in the official archive for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. The Ubuntu MATE team have recently created a MATE 1.8.1 PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr at the request of the Ubuntu Technical Board and also a MATE 1.8.1 PPA for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

If you require MATE packages for Debian or Ubuntu then the package repositories above are the official repositories to use.

We've removed the package repositories hosted on mate-desktop.org because some were unsigned and others have not been maintained for many months. Therefore, as of now, the Debian and Ubuntu package repositories hosted on mate-desktop.org have been removed.

Discussion Comments

by Martin Wimpress at September 25, 2014 10:34 AM

September 05, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Do you want an alternative community forum?

I have noticed that a few members of the Ubuntu MATE community have expressed an interest in a forum that is not powered by a social network. We've conducted all previous polls via the Ubuntu MATE Google+ community, but holding such a vote on G+ may skew the results. So please cast your vote below and if there is enough interest we can explore the options.

by Martin Wimpress at September 05, 2014 09:45 PM

August 28, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Beta1

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.
  • Added colord to manage, install and generate accurate colour profiles.
  • Added ntp time synchronisation daemon.
  • Added policykit-desktop-privileges which 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-config icon 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-live for 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.
  • Removed ffmpegthumbnailer, light-themes and ubuntu-artwork.

Ubuntu MATE Beta1 Download

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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 -> Appearance and select the 'Ambiant-MATE' theme. Click the Backgrounds tab and select the 'Ubuntu MATE Cold' wallpaper.

Known Issues

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
  • Currently the Try Ubuntu MATE without installing option does not work due to an upstream bug. LP #1355966
  • EFI computers may encounter a black screen during boot up 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.

Reporting issues

If you spot any other issues please report them on the project's bug tracker.

Testing

Ubuntu MATE Beta2 will be released at the end of September therefore we need people installing, using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at August 28, 2014 06:04 PM

August 25, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

New Ubuntu MATE Team Members

Please join me in welcoming Goce Mitevski, Ivan Pejić and Jack Mohegan to the Ubuntu MATE team! They have all graciously accepted positions on the Ubuntu MATE Artwork and Design team.

Goce, Ivan and Jack have been hard at work creating themes and artwork for Ubuntu MATE Beta1. Between them they have created a great selection of Ubuntu MATE wallpapers (both for desktop and LightDM), SYSLINUX theme, Plymouth themes and Ubiquity slides are currently in the final stages of preparation.

We've added a screen shot slideshow to the home page so you can see how Ubuntu MATE Beta1 is shaping up.

Thanks for your hard work and commitment guys, Ubuntu MATE Beta1 is looking really great for it's August 28th release.

by Martin Wimpress at August 25, 2014 07:47 PM

August 20, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 from Scratch

We are getting a lot of requests for Ubuntu MATE 14.04 .iso images but we won't be in a position to make them until after Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is released. So, as an interim measure here are some instructions for creating your own Ubuntu MATE 14.04 from scratch.

The basic steps are:

  • Install Ubuntu from a netboot .iso
  • Add the Ubuntu MATE PPAs
  • Install the required packages
  • Tweak the configuration

Download Ubuntu 14.04 netboot .iso image

Visit the URL below and download either the i386 or amd64 mini.iso.

Burn the .iso to CD or dd it to a USB stick.

UEFI and Wireless! While the `mini.iso` is handy, there are some limitations.
  • It can't boot or install UEFI computers that you want to run in UEFI mode because it lacks the required files for booting the computer in UEFI mode. Therefore, if you have a UEFI computer you need to enable "Legacy BIOS Mode".
  • If you have a wireless card that requires firmware or a proprietary driver then you will have to connect via ethernet cable to complete the initial installation.

Install a minimal Ubuntu 14.04

Installing from mini.iso is straight forward, here is an overview of what to do.

  • When mini.iso boots select Install by pressing ENTER.
  • Select your language.
  • Select your location.
  • Configure your keyboard layout.
  • Enter the hostname for the computer.
  • Choose a mirror location for the Ubuntu archive.
  • Configure the HTTP proxy to use (if required).
  • Create your user account.
  • Decide if you want your home directory encrypted or not.
  • Select your time zone.
  • Partition the disk(s).

The base system packages will now be downloaded and installed, this is a good time for a cup of tea. Or, if your Internet connection is like mine, then it is time for a pot of tea while you bake a cake.

  • Select your preferred update management policy.
  • When the 'Software selection' menu is displayed make sure nothing is selected then choose <Continue>.
  • Install the GRUB boot loader.
USB and GRUB Using the netboot .iso from the USB may need special attention.

As Jon notes in the comments, when using mini.iso from a USB stick the installer often sees the USB as /dev/sda and the disk you are installing to as /dev/sdb. This is apparent during the partitioning.

When it's time for the installer to write the bootloader to a drive, it defaults to /dev/sda. Since /dev/sda is the USB stick, bad things will happend. So, select the No option that's offered at that point and manually identify where the bootloader should actually go, very likely /dev/sdb.

  • Set the system time to UTC or local time.

The minimal Ubuntu installation is complete, choose <Continue> to reboot.

Configure Ubuntu

Login using the user account you created earlier. A few packages need to be installed so that the Ubuntu MATE PPAs can be added easily.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties software-properties-common

Add the Ubuntu MATE PPAs

Now add the Ubuntu MATE PPAs.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
sudo apt-get update

Install Ubuntu MATE

Execute the following to install Ubuntu MATE.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop linux-firmware-nonfree

Remember that cake you baked earlier? Now is a good time to eat it.

Post-install configuration

When the install is complete some post-install configuration is required.

During the mini.iso install a user account was created, which is missing a couple of files that make Network Manager work and correct the default icons for LibreOffice. Therefore these Ubuntu MATE configuration files need manually overlaying.

rsync -av /etc/skel/.config/ ~/.config/
rsync -av /etc/skel/.local/ ~/.local/

This last tweak is required to get NetworkManager fully working. Edit /etc/network/interfaces to remove any extra lines so that it looks exactly like this:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

Audio and Video Codecs?

If you'd like some additional audio/video codecs and Adobe Flash then install the following package.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-addons

Virtualbox?

If you are doing this in a Virtualbox guest then you'll want to install these additional packages.

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-x11 virtualbox-guest-dkms

All done!

You can now reboot into your shinny new Ubuntu MATE 14.04.

References

by Martin Wimpress at August 20, 2014 10:57 PM

August 17, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Progressing towards Ubuntu MATE Beta1

A few days ago I was asked what is the current status of Ubuntu MATE, what is outstanding and what help do we require via our Ubuntu MATE Google+ community. I thought it best to reply here to reach a wide audience.

Ubuntu MATE as an official Ubuntu flavor

Towards the end of July the Ubuntu MATE team contacted the Ubuntu Technical Board to request official flavor status.

The Ubuntu MATE team made an Ubuntu 14.04 PPA for MATE 1.8.1 as a result of our initial communication with the Ubuntu Technical Board.

popey attended an Ubuntu Technical Board meeting in early August to find out what our next steps should be. During this meeting it was estalished that the Ubuntu Technical Board are supportive of Ubuntu MATE and the Ubuntu MATE team needs to complete some formalities before we can progress our request. The Ubuntu MATE team will complete the outstanding actions requested by the Ubuntu Technical Board in the coming days and I am confident Ubuntu MATE will achieve official status in due course.

Ubuntu MATE Beta1 progress

Ubuntu MATE Beta1 is progressing nicely and is mainly focused on tweaking the themes and adding Ubuntu MATE specific artwork. The Ubuntu MATE community have been brilliant in this regard and contributed Ubuntu MATE wallpapers, LightDM theme, Plymouth theme and new desktop themes. A SYSLINUX theme is currently in the works.

Some general improvements have also been made during the Beta1 cycle, such as desktop policy privilege fixes, meta package improvements and aligning the core packages with the other Ubuntu flavors.

I needed a few evenings break from for Ubuntu MATE, so I gave the bot in the Ubuntu MATE IRC channel a personality and modified the Ubuntu MATE webserver to only deliver content over HTTPS using HSTS, PFS (perfect forward secrecy) and SPDY.

Consequently the Ubuntu MATE website has an A+ rating from SSL Labs and we are doing our bit to Reset the Net.

Assistance required?

These are the areas where we could use some help.

Bugs

There are a couple of bugs, not show stoppers, that we could you some help with.

Plymouth

We've got a lovely Ubuntu MATE Plymouth theme but due to a recent plymouth update no Plymouth themes are displayed at boot. This is an upstream Ubuntu bug. If you have a Launchpad account please visit the bug reports below, mark them as affecting you and provide any additional information to assist in their resolution.

Minimizing Chrome or Chromium

Do you have an nVidia graphics card and dual screens? If so, could you please install Ubuntu MATE, install the proprietary nVidia driver, install Chrome or Chromium and see if you can reproduce the issue reported below.

If you can, please add as much information to the bug report as possible because right now we not sure if this is a MATE, Chrom(e|ium) or nVidia issue.

Ubiquity slides

When you install Ubuntu, or one of the flavours, a series of slides are shown during the installation. We need some Ubuntu MATE specific slides creating because we are currently using the official Ubuntu slides. If this is something you could help with, then please let us know.

Folder icons

Ubuntu MATE will come with two new themes, Ambiant-MATE (derived from Ambiance) and Radiant-MATE (derived from Radiance). I am considering replacing the folder icons in these new themes with ones that use MATE green (#87A752) as the base color for the folders. I have reached out to the RAVEfinity project and they are willing to help the Ubuntu MATE team. I would like to off-load the task of collaborating with RAVEfinity to someone in the Ubuntu MATE community. If you are interested, then please let us know.

Test and report issues

This is where you can really make a difference to the quality of the Ubuntu MATE final release. We need people actually using Ubuntu MATE in order to uncover potential problems so we can fix them before the final release.

Please install Ubuntu MATE, either in a VM or on real hardware and use it as much as possible. If you spot any issues please report them on the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker.

Artwork Team

We'd like to establish an Ubuntu MATE artwork team who can drive the artwork and design efforts. There are clearly several members of the Ubuntu MATE community who are already interested in this area. If you would like to join them then please let us know so we can formalise the team structure.

No show stoppers

At this point in the Beta1 cycle there are no show stoppers and we continue to get daily reports from new users saying how impressed they are with the stability of Ubuntu MATE, even at this early stage.

As of right now, we are on track for an August 28th release of Ubuntu MATE Beta1.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at August 17, 2014 11:11 AM

July 31, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Alpha2

We are delighted to announce the release of Ubuntu MATE Alpha2.

Ubuntu MATE Alpha2 Download

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What works?

Most things, more than in Alpha1 at least.

The .iso image should boot (from DVD or USB), the Live session should work, the installer should work and the installed system should also work. Notice the heavy use of "should", YMMV.

What changed since Alpha1?

  • Added support for booting EFI computers. LP #1337604
  • Added "out of the box" accessibility for blind or visually impaired individuals. LP #1337824
  • Added language-selector-gnome as per community request.
  • Added ubuntu-mate-settings package to provide sane defaults.
  • Added an Ubuntu-like panel layout.
  • Added Ambiance and Radiance themes to Pluma.
  • Added Rhythmbox and Totem plugins.
  • Added Release Notes to Ubquity.
  • Added support for Marco to Ubiquity. MERGE #226114
  • Fixed Network Manager applet.
  • Fixed inconsistent theme in live session installer.
  • Fixed default icons in LibreOffice.
  • Created custom livecd-rootfs package that tracks upstream.
  • Improved the seeds and meta packages.
  • Improved Ambiance and Radiance themes.
  • Improved mono-icons to better integrate with MATE. LP #1337577
  • Improved font rendering.
  • Removed remmina as per community Remmina poll.
  • Removed caja-image-converter.
  • Removed caja-share. LP #1342206
  • Removed mate-user-share.

Known Issues

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is currently an alpha distribution and we are aware of the following issues.

  • Upgrading from Ubuntu MATE Alpha1 using apt-get is not supported.
    • We Recommend that you install a clean Alpha2.
  • Most Shotwell online publising plugins do not work. LP #1314904
    • This can be resolved by installing unity-control-center-signon but doing so installs a number of Unity packages which add duplicate functionality to the MATE control center.

Reporting issues

If you spot any other issues please report them on the project's bug tracker.

Testing

Ubuntu MATE is in alpha and therefore we need people installing and using Ubuntu MATE and reporting any issues you may find on the project's bug tracker.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at July 31, 2014 07:20 PM

July 14, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

MATE. Say it!

OK pod casters enough!

Let's stop with the "mait" and the "matey". It is pronounced "mah-tay" and if you can't start saying it right then we'll send Jean Claude van Damme round to give you some elocution lessons ;-)

Thanks to Michael Tunnell for originally sharing this joke with the MATE developers a few months back.

by Martin Wimpress at July 14, 2014 10:12 PM

July 07, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha1 Preview

Chris and Matt of the Linux Action Show gave Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha1 a little preview in Show 320. Here is what they had to say.

Jupiter Broadcasting produce a number of weekly videocasts and podcasts mostly oriented around Linux, Open Source and Technology. Take a look, you may find something that interests you.

by Martin Wimpress at July 07, 2014 09:10 PM

July 03, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha1

Yes, it's here and it's very alpha. So, be nice. Please!

Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha1 Download

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What works?

Most things.

The .iso image should boot (from DVD or USB), the Live session should work, the installer should work and the installed system should also work. Notice the heavy use of "should", YMMV.

Known Issues

The is an alpha project, running on an alpha distribution that was put together by a novice Debian and Ubuntu contributor. That's alpha squared!

Some things are broken, we know that, and you will doubtless find plenty more broken things we haven't discovered yet. The following is known to be broken:

  • Network Manager applet doesn't auto start. The can be worked around by removing the AutostartCondition line in /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.
  • ISO does not boot on a UEFI computer. LP #1337604
  • Some applets don't use the mono icons. LP #1337577
  • Some theming in the Live session is not correct.
  • Probably a whole heap more.

If you spot any other issues please report them on the project's bug tracker.

We are particularly interested in real computer hardware and printer compatibility.

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.

by Martin Wimpress at July 03, 2014 04:25 PM

June 29, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Remix sprint

Earlier this week popey and I met up for a one day development sprint to try and make some headway with Ubuntu MATE Remix. We did manage to make a good deal of progress. So, what did we achieve?

Achievements unlocked

  • Development is now hosted on Launchpad - http://launchpad.net/ubuntu-mate/
  • The Ubuntu MATE Remix .iso images are now built using seeds and germinate. While this is currently only possible using a meta package in our PPA, this technique is consistent with the official Ubuntu flavour builds.
  • Fixed the Ambiance and Radiance themes to work with MATE 1.8.1.
  • The Ubuntu MATE Remix package selection is pretty much complete and offers a "pure" MATE desktop environment on top of Ubuntu. The testing .iso images do not include anything of Unity, indicators or Comppiz by default. Wide hardware support, including VirtualBox, has been integrated.
  • The application selections are mostly consistent with the default applications that shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
  • Created this super-amazing website. Yes, it needs work and will be improved in due course.

Locked levels

These are the main issues we need to work on:

  • Get LightDM to auto login to the LiveCD session.
  • Fork the livecd-rootfs, merge the Ubuntu MATE Remix modifications, build a revised package in our PPA and modify the .iso image builder accordingly.
  • Release .iso images for testing.
  • Ubuntu MATE Remix Plymouth boot themes and Ubiquity slides.
  • Coordinate merging the Ubuntu MATE Remix seeds, tasks and livecd-rootfs changes upstream.
  • Testing, lots of testing. In particular hardware and printer compatibility.

Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? If so please get in touch.

by Martin Wimpress at June 29, 2014 08:11 PM

June 19, 2014

Martin Wimpress

MATE Desktop on Debian Wheezy

I'm a member of the MATE Desktop team and until recently the majority of my involvement has been focused around Arch Linux.

However, I'm working on a MATE project that is based on a Debian derivative. MATE has recently been accepted into the Debian Backports repository for Wheezy, so I decided to do a "MATE from scratch" on Debian using an old netbook to get familiar with the MATE package naming differences between Arch Linux and Debian.

Install Debian

I installed Debian Wheezy from the netinst ISO to ensure the target install was as minimal as possible. I went with the defaults until the 'Software selection' dialogue, at this point unselect everything except "SSH server". Like this:

[ ] Debian desktop environment
[ ] Web server
[ ] Print server
[ ] SQL database
[ ] DNS Server
[ ] File server
[ ] Mail server
[X] SSH server
[ ] Laptop
[ ] Standard system utilities

Debian ISO with Firmware

If you're installing on hardware that requires additional firmware in order for it to work with Linux then use the netinst ISO that includes firmware.

Configure Debian

When the install is finished, reboot and configure Debian a little.

Repositories

You'll need to install lsb-release for the following to work.

apt-get install lsb-release

This is what I put in /etc/apt/sources.list.

cat >/etc/apt/sources.list<<EOF
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ $(lsb_release -cs) main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ $(lsb_release -cs) main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ $(lsb_release -cs)/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ $(lsb_release -cs)/updates main contrib non-free

# $(lsb_release -cs)-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ $(lsb_release -cs)-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ $(lsb_release -cs)-updates main contrib non-free
EOF

Backports

MATE is only available in the wheezy-backports repository.

cat >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/backports.list <<EOF
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian $(lsb_release -cs)-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian $(lsb_release -cs)-backports main contrib non-free
EOF

Update.

sudo apt-get update

All backports are deactivated by default (i.e. the packages are pinned to 100 by using ButAutomaticUpgrades: yes in the Release files. If you want to install something from backports run:

apt-get -t wheezy-backports install "package"

Install MATE Desktop

First install the LightDM display manager.

apt-get install accountsservice lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter

Now for the MATE Desktop itself.

apt-get -t wheezy-backports install mate-desktop-environment-extras

NetworkManager

I typically use NetworkManager, so lets install that too.

apt-get install network-manager-gnome

Supplementary

Depending on your hardware you may require CPU frequency utilities or additional firmware.

apt-get install cpufreqd cpufrequtil firmware-linux firmware-linux-nonfree

And, that's it! Reboot and you'll see the LightDM greeter waiting for your login credentials.

References

by Martin Wimpress at June 19, 2014 09:00 PM

June 14, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Remix artwork

Ubuntu MATE Remix

Sam Hewitt is an all round good guy and design genius. I asked Sam if he had the time to create a logo for the project and he created a complete set of artwork for the Ubuntu MATE Remix project. What a nice bloke. You might be aware that the Ubuntu logo as known as the "circle of friends". Sam has dubbed the Ubuntu MATE logo "circle of MATEs". Brilliant!

Circle of MATEs

If you require access to the artwork the assets are available from Launchpad and licensed under under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

by Martin Wimpress at June 14, 2014 10:11 PM

Avishkar Gupta

Why Am I Still Here?

so,

First of all, Hi there, it’s been a long time. So if you have come here from reading one of my mails on opensuse-project, you’re probably wondering why there are only 3 posts related to GSoC. Also what “overhaul” I have done to the site, about which I uselessly blabbered about in some of my mails. The truth is that I’m honestly not a fan of this blog, or this theme.

When I wrote those I honestly never thought I’d be under so much pressure, and that too in my vacations. You see, I was never expecting a selection in GSoC, so I applied to the Defence Resarche Development Organisation(DRDO), for an internship as well. They have a knack for handing out “scientific” projects- projects pertaining to new and coming enterprise technologies and solutions.I too was assigned such a technology to explore - BIG data. Notice how I capitalized the big, for effect :) Anyway, so continuing on the topic of this post, because of all this workload I have, I feel I honestly don’t have the time. Why is my Youtube activity so much you say, surely I can spend that time designing this blog, right? Well turns out it’s not that simple, those are breaks my mind cannot function without.

I discovered this great site generator, and I wanted to port my blog on it, it’s minimalist and manages the blog literally out of three folders. However, it’s written in CoffeeScript, and as much as I want to learn the language, I can’t seem to find the time.

So basically, I don’t like Octopress, I only use it because wordpress is shit in terms of flexibility(wordpress.com that is, I don’t want to pay for hosting space) and I hate writing my posts via rake tasks.Also, I have yet to get hang of the perfect markdown syntax. It’s one of the reasons i don’t like Python, I find it very hard to memorise these arcane, unstructured constructs, but more on my purist ways later. Anyway so has been life, and I’m keeping this short because I need to get my hands dirty with Java doing the GPS application I wildly proposed to work on. I’ll regularly blog soon, maybe after the 16th, once I’m done with DRDO.

P.S.: I havent blogged for so long, I’ve forgotten those rake commands. Man, Shit!

June 14, 2014 04:23 PM

June 10, 2014

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE Remix inception

I was interviewed on the Ubuntu UK Podcast (UUPC) a few weeks back to talk about the MATE Desktop, a project I've been involved with for about a year now.

If you don't know what MATE is, here is the headline explaination:

The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

If you'd like to listen to the full interview then head over to:

Inception

Following the interview on UUPC Alan Pope, one of the UUPC co-hosts, did some tinkering and made an Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD that replaced Unity with MATE. He got my attention and the next day the Ubuntu MATE Remix project was established. We teased some screenshots on social media which were then reported via some of the online FLOSS media and postcasts.

Great, you're "Internet famous". Now what?

So, what the heck have we been doing since then?

  • Created prototype ISOs (i386 and amd64) based on 14.04.
  • Tweaked the package selection to reflect a pure MATE experience.
  • Overcame bugs in Ubiqity 14.10.
  • Initial project planning and scoping.
  • Migrated builds to 14.10.
  • Created protoptype ISOs (i386 and amd64) based on 14.10.
  • Contacted other MATE on Ubuntu projects (past and present) and invited them to join our team.
  • Put the infrastructure in place to develop and collaborate on the project.
  • Joined the Debian packaging team for MATE and pushed some minor fixes to Debian that will flow to Ubuntu in due course.
  • Migrated from LiveCD customisation to seeds and germinate so that Ubuntu MATE Remix can potentially become an official Ubuntu flavour.

Some good progress has been made but there is a good deal more to do. We will post updates to this blog and associated social media accounts. If you've got some input then please join the discussion.

by Martin Wimpress at June 10, 2014 09:11 PM

May 29, 2014

Efstathios Iosifidis

Νέα έκδοση της διανομής Antergos 2014.05.26 με διαθέσιμα MATE και KDE

Έχω γράψει σχετικά με την διανομή Antergos. Συγκεκριμένα πως πολύ εύκολα μπορεί να την εγκαταστήσει κανείς και να έχει ένα σύστημα βασισμένο (ίσως και καθαρό) Arch Linux.

Ο λόγος αυτού του άρθρου είναι η νέα έκδοση της διανομής. Ουσιαστικά η διαφορά με την προηγούμενη εγκατάσταση είναι η επιλογή εγκατάστασης συστήματος MATE και KDE. Δείτε παρακάτω τις εικόνες με τις επιλογές:

MATE



KDE



Κατά τα άλλα υπάρχουν διαθέσιμες οι εκδόσεις με GNOME, Cinnamon, Openbox, XFCE, Base

by diamond_gr (noreply@blogger.com) at May 29, 2014 01:00 PM

May 10, 2014

MATE

MATE in openSUSE

openSUSE

The openSUSE MATE team is proud to announce the availability of MATE 1.8 for openSUSE. The patterns are not available anymore, and won't be in the future due to official inclusion of MATE in openSUSE. We can't support openSUSE 12.2 anymore, MATE requirements are not provided in the right versions in that one. We have changed our schema of repositories, to avoid people having to change their repositories for each update. Now there is just one place, X11:MATE:Current.

To install it, please replace or add our repository:

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/MATE:/Current/openSUSE_12.3/X11:MATE:Current.repo

by Benjamin Denisart at May 10, 2014 09:03 AM

May 02, 2014

Avishkar Gupta

GSoC Weekly Report : Week 19

this is the weekly report of this week , i swear the exams are killing me .

so after week 2 , i’m finally able to move around and play with the atril source code,however i have yet to get a hold on how i would integrate my webview with the existing UI.I feel i will be in a string position by the 19th and will be able to keep all my deadlines in accordance with the timeline i proposed. Also my exams will be officially over next week ,and i can then dedicate all my time and energy to the project .

since the coding period will be starting soon,i have started working with zlib and webkitGTK+ and i am working on some template code,bulding on which i will proceed with the project .Also , i’m looking for other issues that i might be able to work upon to get a better feel of the codebase .

i know this report is short,but alas,that’s how it goes right now .

May 02, 2014 06:22 PM

GSoC Weekly Report : Week 18

hi ,

this is the first in a series of posts that i will be publishing as my weekly reports that i have to submit to openSUSE , as a student in their GSoC 2014 program .These will be posted as is on the mailing list of opensuse-project .

NOTE: the email to the list may have some additional content such as email signature etc.,as i’m quoting the blog to the mail and not vice versa .

report - week 18 ( Monday,April 24 - Sunday,may 4)

My project for GSoC 2014 is to add ePub capabilities to Atril - the mate document viewer.

This week i got on with reading the existing source of the reader , and understanding how i would get around within the existing user interface ,and where i need to code from scratch .I read up on documentation concerning the GNU autotools , and the flow of the source code. In addition,i am getting to know the workflow setup i would have to follow . As soon as i get a hang of the existing code , i can start with webkit documentation to understand how i am going to get around with actually embedding the browser into the wrapper , the first task on my TODO list .

I’m sorry for the slow work this week , but as i am busy with my exams , there is some stall to the proceedings ,however i will ensure that i make up for lost time once the coding period starts .

sorry for the rather lackluster report for the week . i would be able to gain much momentum by the end of next week , ( 12-13 of May ) ,once my exams have ended.

May 02, 2014 06:22 PM

April 28, 2014

MATE

MATE projects accepted for GSoC 2014

After several weeks of review the application and selection period for the 2014 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is over. 4,420 students proposed a total of 6,313 projects for this summer. From those, 1,307 students have been accepted and the MATE Desktop project is one of the 190 Open Source projects that will be working with students this year.

In our second year as a GSoC mentor organisation the MATE team received 4 student proposals we were allocated 3 slots for student projects.

I'm delighted to introduce our GSoC students for 2014:

  • Avishkar Gupta will be working on adding ePub rendering capabilities to Atril, the document viewer of the MATE desktop.
  • Michal Ratajsky will be working on adding GStreamer 1.0 support into the MATE desktop environment in order to replace the dependency on the deprecated GStreamer 0.10 library.
  • Alexander van der Meij will be working on improving Caja extensions so they can be integrated during runtime and also create a single user interface for Caja extension configuration.

Please join me in welcoming these new contributors to the MATE team and wish them every success with their respective projects for the summer.

On behalf on the entire MATE team I'd also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to openSUSE who are our GSoC organiser for 2014. They did a fantastic job in helping secure these GSoC placements for the MATE team that will provide much need development resources to the project.

Discussion Comments

by Martin Wimpress at April 28, 2014 05:14 AM

April 23, 2014

Avishkar Gupta

The First Post: Setting Up This Blog

Hello World.

So i have set up this blog to document my experience as a GSoC ( Google Summer of Code ) student for MATE, well technically openSUSE,as MATE will be participating in association with openSUSE,and over the course of the next few weeks I will be filling this blog with developer notes and commit history for the project.My proposal will be uploaded here in a linked post as well in the near future.

first posts are generally used to test installations,themes etc. , but there are far more pressing issues i’d like to share here. So without saying here goes,here goes.

okay so i am a big fan of virtual machines, mainly because i love trying out new distros,operating systems, and virtual machines give me the flexibility to experiment like crazy ,and carry my favorite “rigs” around in flash drives . Having choices is good. Having a $#!|load of choices is not .

Before i forget,a piece of advice: if you plan on starting a blog,don’t delay it till you are selected in GSoC,even if you have nothing to say, if you are a developer you are always ready to rant about something . you know you are .

So setting up a blog was supposed to be easy .It’s a developer blog - so well,it’ll be hosted by Github. And also before i forget,don’t spend time choosing between site generators . One thing virtual machines have taught me - in today’s development environment you always have the option to switch . Anyway me ,after spending much valuable time on this useless thought decided to go with Octopress - the framework for “hackers”, something based on jekyll and having a good enough documentation .I tried the |insert random hindi curse word here| thing on 5 different environments, finally getting something to work on Ubuntu .there was a very “helpful” blog post on this as well,only not helpful enough for me.

  • Our journey begins with my favorite setup,my fully customized ( or at least i thought so ) rig .Let’s face it , arch is one of those distros which are intended for enthusiasts ,not for teenage boys who read beginner’s guides and are too afraid to install it on their hard drives in the fear of losing data.troubleshooting this sweet baby can be a bitch,and this folks is the time i was faced with the wrath of rubies and gems for the first time. to sum it up in one word - one does not simply “install” gems. i installed ruby from the AUR , then removed it. Then i installed rbenv,forgot to rehash,rebooted,rehashed still couldn’t install gems . i should really applaud the guy who wrote the error messages for gems,the error messages say they could not find such a gem at rubygems repositories,and suggest bundler as a possible alternative . Anyway ,the gems were showing their true “colors”.

  • Next,i tried this on my MATE installation ,this time also had some problems with gems,turns out no matter what if you are using debian with ruby ,you will need the developer release of your version as well.After everything was set up,and there was a ray of hope,terror struck and no matter what,i could not push these changes to github. i googled all i could,and updated my git configuration to the point that it was frustrating enough to rage quit.i was full of it and decided to fall back to well,windows .

  • the Winterm project ( subtly placed advertisting ) provides a much linux-like experience in windows,and being the administrator you don’t need to worry about permissions or anything of that sort .everything was fine. Even those fucking gems seemed to work this time. the error was something like - “ Set the codepage to 65001 for Windows machines-rake aborted!” and so i did chcp 65001 . still the same message. All i found on this error was some discussion in a google group - left midway . reminded me of a discussion about such posts with a friend earlier in the day .then after over a day of fooling around,it was time.

  • then came the distro known for its simplicity - Ubuntu . Having gone through the debian frenzy this time i got the dev release first,and after what i thought was a step by step procedure,something went wrong ,and my deploy folder became a submodule.then came the time for giving up rehab,and embarking on a fresh start . i deleted the repository , and using the octopress docs and personal experience , adopted a BS-free ,alebit organised procedure ,and the job was finally done . this post is long enough as it is,so these instructions will be covered in a later “technical” post. A step by step modified procedure for installing octopress on any debian based distro-no shit.

having got this off my mind,and with the clock ticking to 1:30 a.m. ,this is me signing off for now.For the awesome tutorials and reviews to come,please be sure to stay updated and bookmark this page ,for until when i add social plugins .Also there will be a lot of changes to the blog,so please feel free to comment on any of them.

April 23, 2014 05:46 PM