Last Thursday, Martin Wimpress had the pleasure of announce the release of Ubuntu MAT 16.10 Alpha 1, the first trial version of this distro with MATE graphics environment that will be officially released in October along with other versions of the brand Yakkety Yak. As Wimpress says, with this Alpha we can see what they are trying as they prepare their next stable release.
Unlike the former daily build of Ubuntu 16.10 which were practically the same as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu MAT 16.10 if it includes many new features, as they have removed the applet GNOME Main Menu because no one on the Ubuntu MAT team thinks it’s good to bring it to GTK3, the new libraries that will be used in the next version.
Other changes included in Ubuntu MAT 16.10
- The openSUSE layer is gone, but it will return to MAT Desktop 1.16.
- Mutiny is also not available, but will also return when the applet topmenu-gtk has been rebuilt by GTK + 3.
- Pidgin and Cheese are no longer installed by default (okay!).
- Ubiquity login is not available when installing Ubuntu Mate, but it will be available for release.
- All Ubuntu MAT packages have been greatly improved:
- They have started almost from 0.
- It is now possible to uninstall all default applications safely without removing it ubuntu-with-desktop.
- Memory consumption is lower than in Ubuntu 16.04 (where it was already good).
- New wallpapers.
- Updated to Mate Desktop 1.14 (now built entirely on GTK 3.18), MATE Welcome to version 16.10.4, Software Boutique, Mate Tweak, Mate Dock Applet and Mat Menu.
As we always do, Martin Wimpress warns that while it can be quite stable, this version is not recommended for those who want to use a reliable system. Like all trial versions, Ubuntu MAT 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 find, report and / or correct bugs.
If you want to download Ubuntu MAT 16.10, just click on the image below and choose version 16.10. I will do it as soon as I can.