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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Vivid Vervet Beta 1 Released, Ubuntu MATE is Now Official Flavor

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet MATE Beta 1 released today with other flavors of Ubuntu like KDE, Xfce, LXDE and GNOME desktop environment. Although, as usual, Ubuntu unity has not taken part in Beta release. And first time Ubuntu MATE is an official released.

MATE (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmate]) is a desktop environment forked from the now-unmaintained code base of GNOME 2. It is named after the South American plant Yerba mate and tea made from the herb, mate. The use of a new name, instead of GNOME, avoids conflicts with GNOME 3 components.

Welcome, Ubuntu MATE official Release for the first time. Now it’ll be easier for the users to keep their software updated, as all of its components are now in Ubuntu repositories.

What changes have been made 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.

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 layouts 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 merged 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 flavor.
    • 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.

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Upgrade To Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

If you want to try out this release and enjoy changes made in this Beta release then here is how you can upgrade your Ubuntu Flavors Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, etc. to Ubuntu 15.04 Beta release.

  • Enable Pre-Released Updates and Notification of new Ubuntu Version to ‘For any new version’ options from Software & Updates

  • After you have enabled Pre-released updates and notifications settings, use the following commands to update your system
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Check for distribution update through Update Manager, type the following command to run update manager
sudo update-manager -d

  • It’s all done now! You should get the following notification to upgrade your distribution to Ubuntu 15.04.

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