Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 now available

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1

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Last Thursday, Martin Wimpress had the pleasure of announce the launch de Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, the first test version of this distro with a MATE graphical environment that will be officially launched in October along with the rest of the versions of the Yakkety Yak brand. As Wimpress says, with this Alpha we can see what they are testing while preparing their next stable version.

Unlike the first build daily of Ubuntu 16.10 that were practically the same as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.10 does include many new features, such as that they have removed the applet GNOME Main Menu because nobody on the Ubuntu MATE team thinks it's good to port it to GTK3, the new libraries that will be used in the next version.

Other changes included in Ubuntu MATE 16.10

  • The openSUSE layer is gone, but will be back in MATE Desktop 1.16.
  • Mutiny is also not available, but will also return when the applet topmenu-gtk has been rebuilt for GTK + 3.
  • Pidgin and Cheese are no longer installed by default (good!).
  • The Ubiquity login is also not available when installing Ubuntu Mate, but will be available for launch.
  • All Ubuntu MATE packages have been greatly improved:
    • They have started almost from 0.
    • It is now possible to safely uninstall all default apps without deleting them ubuntu-mate-desktop.
    • Memory consumption is less than Ubuntu 16.04 (where it was already good).
  • New wallpapers.
  • Updated to Mate Desktop 1.14 (now fully built on GTK 3.18), MATE Welcome to version 16.10.4, Software Boutique, Mate Tweak, Mate Dock Applet and Mate Menu.

As we always do, Martin Wimpress advises that, although it can be quite stable, this version is not recommended for those who want to use a reliable system. Like all trial versions, Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 is aimed at developers who want to prepare their software for the final version and for users who want to help finding, reporting and / or correcting errors.

If you want to download Ubuntu MATE 16.10, you just have to click on the following image and choose version 16.10. I will do it as soon as possible.


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  1.   heyson said

    I think that when installing an OS it has unnecessary things installed that I will never use and I will uninstall. I prefer a clean installation. I think good updates thanks for that team that is behind all this for making users have more ease in using gnu / linux