After the Ubuntu 15.10, all the Ubuntu members are preparing the for the next big release i.e. Ubuntu 16.04 'Xenial Xerus'. All Linux users especially Ubuntu users are curious to experience the 16.04. But it's taking shape and Ubuntu members including Ubuntu MATE have released Alpha 2 of Ubuntu MATE 16.04. You can test it out and send feedback to developers to help them shape it better for you.
Some might agree that this is not a big release then why I am posting it on my blog. Well, people are excited about 16.04 and as we saw the last version was not what people hoped. Ubuntu users hoped something bigger but their hopes were dumped. As the poll on LinuxAndUbuntu shows that people like new 15.10 wallpapers more than their main features. Only implementation of Linux Kernel 4.2 was the biggest change in that release.
What's Changed In Ubuntu MATE Alpha 2
Ubuntu MATE is an official member of Ubuntu family. People love this distribution mostly because of its traditional desktop environment. Ubuntu MATE Alpha 2 only brings application updates to the latest versions. The final Ubuntu MATE 16.04 is scheduled to release on April, 21st, 2016.
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Only Updates That Improve 16.04
Alpha 2 is the update release. All the stuff like Desktop environment and applications have been updated to the latest versions. MATE Desktop is now MATE 1.12.1. This brings lots of fixes to the system.
Updated to MATE Desktop 1.12.1.
Updated to Ubuntu MATE Welcome 16.04.1
Updated MATE Tweak to 3.5.5
Updated Ubuntu MATE Settings to 16.04.1
Updated Ubuntu MATE Artwork to 16.04.1
Update MATE Menu to 5.6.7.