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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.

What works?

Most things, more than in Beta 1 at least. People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

What changed since Beta 1?

Beta 2 has been focused on fixing broken things and improving what was already present in Beta 1.

  • Released community contributed Ubuntu MATE Identity 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 GNU/Linux, 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 privileges upstream.
  • Removed virtualbox-guest-x11 from the Live session.
  • Removed wubi from the Ubuntu MATE .iso image.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta 2 Download

Join the fun and experience a retrospective future.

Download

Upgrading from Beta 1

Some of the meta packages have changed since Beta 1. If you have Beta 1 installed, here is how to upgrade to Beta 2.

Start a shell and update.

sudo apt-get update

If you were tracking development packages between Beta 1 and Beta 2 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-privileges

Remove an erroneous apt configuration that has existed since Alpha 1.

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

If you were tracking development packages between Beta 1 and Beta 2 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.

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