Ubuntu MATE 20.04 Release Notes

Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS represents 2 years :sweat_drops: of continued improvement to MATE Desktop and Ubuntu MATE itself. For Ubuntu MATE 19.10 we focused on addressing as many “paper-cut” issues as possible. That was a hugely successful :tada: initiative, the community feedback was overwhelmingly positive :chart_with_upwards_trend: and that is reflected in adoption; the Ubuntu MATE 19.10 interim release is our most actively used interim release to date! :champagne: This was only possible thanks to dedicated group of QA testers joining the Ubuntu MATE team and coordinating with developers to highlight :flashlight: where attention was needed.
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Ubuntu MATE 19.10 Release Notes

Ubuntu MATE 19.10 is a significant improvement over Ubuntu MATE 18.04 and 19.04. The theme of this release is to address as many “paper-cut” issues as possible. Every new feature in Ubuntu MATE 19.10 has been added to address bugs or poor user experience. Many long standing paper-cuts are finally resolved. Make yourself a cup of tea ☕ and get a slice of cake 🍰 before reading on to find out what we’ve been working on for the last 25 weeks.
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Ubuntu MATE 19.04 Final Release

Ubuntu MATE 19.04 is a modest upgrade over previous releases. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support, particularly for NVIDIA GPU owners, then 19.04 is for you. Oh yeah, we’ve also made bespoke Ubuntu MATE 19.04 images for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2. Read on to learn more…
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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 and 19.04 for GPD Pocket & Pocket 2

Back in October 2018 the Ubuntu MATE team released bespoke images of Ubuntu MATE 18.10 for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 that included hardware specific tweaks to get these devices working “out of the box” without any faffing about. Today we are releasing Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 and Ubuntu MATE 19.04 images for both devices. Read on to find out more…
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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1 for Raspberry Pi

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) for the Raspberry Pi. With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 19.04 Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 19.04 is a modest upgrade over previous releases. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support then 19.04 is for you.
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Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Final Release

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is a modest, yet strategic, upgrade over our 18.04 release. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support then 18.10 is for you. For those who prefer staying on the LTS then everything in this 18.10 release is also important for the upcoming 18.04.2 release. Oh yeah, we’ve also made a bespoke Ubuntu MATE 18.10 image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2. Read on to learn more…
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Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Beta

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is a modest, yet strategic, upgrade over our 18.04 release. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support then 18.10 is for you. For those who prefer staying on the LTS then everything in this 18.10 release is also important for the upcoming 18.04.2 release. Read on to learn more…
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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS Final Release

Charles Babbage wasn’t lying when he said “The only thing that would make my Difference Engine any better would be a modern customisable desktop environment that didn’t deviate from traditional desktop paradigms (unless I wanted it to.)” In a long lost diary entry Ada Lovelace scribbled “If only my code could be matched to an OS that had a perfect blend of usability and style accompanied by a handpicked selection of quality software packages.” ENIAC, moments before being unplugged in 1956, spat out a final message: “Give us a reboot when Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS is out will ya?”
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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 2

Yeah baby! You know you want some of what we’ve got. Come and have a fling with Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 2.
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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) for distribution on April 26th, 2018 With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 17.10

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Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 2

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Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1

Unity 7 user? Join our Mutiny!
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Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2

Welcome Unity 7 refugees! This is the Ubuntu flavour you’ve been searching for
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Ubuntu MATE 17.04

We’re totally over the bloody moon to announce Ubuntu MATE 17.04. This is our favourite release of Ubuntu MATE so far and, we believe, a real return to form. Ubuntu MATE 16.10 was a transitional release, in every sense, and 17.04 concludes the upheaval of migrating to GTK3+. This has been a release focused on refining the distro and sweating the details. As always, we’re never finished and eager to start work on 17.10 to bring you futher improvements and refinement. But for now, we hope you enjoy Ubuntu MATE 17.04 as much as we’ve enjoyed making it for you.
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Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Beta 2

We’re absolutely chuffed to bits to announce, what is quite possibly, the best Ubuntu MATE beta we’ve ever released. We didn’t participate in the Beta 1 so we have quite the change log from Alpha 2 that was released in January. We still have some fixes to land for the themes but overall this release is shaping up to be really great.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 for Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

An Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 image for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 is now available for download.
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Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) for distribution on April 13th, 2017 With this Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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MATE Desktop 1.16 for Ubuntu MATE 16.04

The Ubuntu MATE Patrons have already received this information, but here’s an update for everyone.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.10

As is now customary, our release artwork was made by Ghost Sixtyseven.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 2

We are totally over excited (like we’ve been eating candy floss and toffee apples all night) about this final beta release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10, that now features MATE Desktop 1.15.1 :-D
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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 1

We are underwhelmed to announce, quite possibly, our most uninteresting beta release E-V-E-R! ;-) This beta release is all about the plumbing that transitions Ubuntu MATE to GTK 3.20. It really isn’t very interesting from an end-users perspective.
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Bytemark sponsor Ubuntu MATE

A couple of weeks ago the Bytemark Managing Director, Matthew Bloch, contacted the Ubuntu MATE team to offer free hosting for the project. As of August 18th 2016 all the Ubuntu MATE infrastucture is hosted on Bytemark Cloud Servers.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) for distribution on October 13th, 2016 With this Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS

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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1

Beaut, beauty! We’re stoked to announce Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, the first distro to ship a fair dinkum MATE Desktop implementation built entirely against GTK3+. Some thought we’d let the kangaroos loose in the top paddock by being the first distro to switch to GTK3+ and it would all come a gutser. But we put in big mobs of effort to ensure it’s not complete ball dust. Give it a burl!
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MATE Desktop GTK2 vs GTK3 memory consumption

The number two question in the Ubuntu MATE community right now is:
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MATE Desktop 1.14 for Ubuntu MATE 16.04

The Ubuntu MATE Patrons have already received this information, but here’s an update for everyone.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 progress update

The Ubuntu MATE Patrons have already received some updates explaining most of this, but here’s an update for everyone.
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Running Steam on Ubuntu MATE

A couple of weeks ago Phoronix published an article comparing the Steam performance on various flavours of Ubuntu 16.04. This article made me very sad because, using the default settings, Ubuntu MATE didn’t appear to fair that well. I was also somewhat surprised, what with Ubuntu MATE sharing a good deal in common with the other flavours and being a fairly light-weight operating system. While I’m not a big gamer, I’ve always been very satisfied with Steam performance on Ubuntu MATE.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 for Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 images for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 are now available for download.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Beta 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 With this Final Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi 3

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is here and we are delighted to announce the immediate availability of Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B!
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Beta 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 With this Beta 1 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 With this Alpha 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Xenial Xerus (16.04) for distribution on April 21st, 2016 With this Alpha 1 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Final Release

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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2 is coming

The Ubuntu MATE team have been working on a revised image for the Raspberry Pi 2 based on Ubuntu MATE 15.10. It will be released on October 22nd 2015.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE Stickers

The Ubuntu MATE Stickers and Badges are available now!
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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Beta 1 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Alpha 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Software Center

Last night I discovered that my decision to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default install on Ubuntu MATE 15.10 has caused quite a stir. I genuinely had no idea.
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Ubuntu MATE server upgrades

The Ubuntu MATE website is now load-balanced across multiple countries. This is in additional using CloudFlare for caching at the network edge.
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Ubuntu MATE hardware partnership with LibreTrend

Ubuntu MATE agrees a partnership with GNU/Linux hardware manufacturer LibreTrend.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 1

We are preparing Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) for distribution on October 22nd, 2015 With this Alpha 1 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.
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Ubuntu MATE Boutique

The Ubuntu MATE Boutique is open!
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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 generic ARMv7 root file system

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Final Release

Achievement Unlocked! If you didn’t already know, Ubuntu MATE is now an official member of the Ubuntu family.
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Ubuntu MATE hardware partnership with Entroware

Ubuntu MATE forges exciting partnership with Linux hardware startup Entroware.
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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.
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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.
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Ubuntu MATE 14.10 PPA Change

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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.
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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.
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Gufw in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

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

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

This short video introduces Tilda, a pull-down terminal, that is integrated into Ubuntu MATE 15.04.
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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.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1

Achievement Unlocked! Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now an official member of the Ubuntu family.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 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 Alpha 1 release because, reasons.
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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.
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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!
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Ubuntu MATE 14.04 reviewed by Linux Luddites

Linux Luddites reviewed Ubuntu MATE 14.04 in Episode #29. Ahead of their review is a short interview with myself where we cover some of the new features introduced in Ubuntu MATE 14.04, how it compares to Ubuntu MATE 14.10 and who helped create Ubuntu MATE.
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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.
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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.
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Ubuntu MATE to feature in LinuxWelt magazine

Some good news for Ubuntu MATE users in Germany.
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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.
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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
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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 Beta 2 please make sure you read the release notes below because there are still unresolved issues you’ll need to be aware of.
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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.
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Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta 2

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta 2 is now available for download. This second beta fixes a number of issues that were present in Beta 1, 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.
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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.
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Ubuntu MATE Remix Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE Beta 1 is released and represents a big step forward compared to Alpha 2, 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.
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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.
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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.
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Progressing towards Ubuntu MATE Beta 1

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.
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Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha 2

We are delighted to announce the release of Ubuntu MATE Alpha 2.
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MATE. Say it!

OK podcasters, enough!
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Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha 1

Yes, it’s here and it’s very alpha. So, be nice. Please!
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Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha 1 Preview

Chris and Matt of the Linux Action Show gave Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha 1 a little preview in Show 320. Here is what they had to say.
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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?
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Ubuntu MATE Remix artwork

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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.
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