We have had the new version of Ubuntu MAT for a few months but that does not mean we have the latest version of the famous MAT desktop. Moreover, if we compare versions, ahead of the Ubuntu MAT version there are a few versions that not only offer new features but also they fix bugs and issues that the desktop still has.
Martin Vimpress, head of the official taste of Ubuntu MAT has created a repository that allows us to update the desktop of Ubuntu MAT 15.10 without any problems, only with the repository and the apt-get upgrade command. This repository will update MATE to version 1.12.1 which not only fixes bugs but is also compatible with GTK 3.18 libraries and adds some extra functionality like the dock which has recently been added and is only in the MAT repository for Debian.
How to update MAT
In any case, to upgrade our desktop to version 1.12.1 will be enough open a terminal and write the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/wily-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
At this point the desktop will be fully updated and with the new version. But sometimes that doesn’t mean it’s the best for our system or our computer. Sometimes whatever (an incompatible program, different hardware, etc ..) our computer gives problems, in this case there is an option that is uninstall the repository and all his software, so, as before, we opened the terminal and wrote:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/wily-mate
With this the changes will be reversed and we will have the desktop again as before.
Personally I have tried this desktop and I still find that you need to polish a lot of things, if you are like me, I think this repository will come in handy because stable desktop versions will be added without having to wait for a new version of Ubuntu MAT to be released. Something useful and practical although it can sometimes be a nuisance, don’t forget it.