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  • Ubuntu MATE On Track To Become An Official Spin

    Phoronix: Ubuntu MATE On Track To Become An Official Spin

    Ubuntu MATE is making progress as becoming an official Ubuntu derivative using the GNOME2-forked desktop environment...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc2NjM

  • #2
    Good news but due to Ubuntu release cycle there won't be an LTS till 2016. And non-LTS releases are hardly useful now having just 9 months till end-of-life.

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    • #3
      hardly why?

      Originally posted by prodigy_ View Post
      Good news but due to Ubuntu release cycle there won't be an LTS till 2016. And non-LTS releases are hardly useful now having just 9 months till end-of-life.
      hardly why? for a daily user? for someone who wants the last software we need to upgrade version to version

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      • #4
        A bit ironic though, Canonical dropped Gnome2 to push Unity and now authorize Gnome2 fork back at home.
        Hummmm... Canonical goal seems to endorse every kind of possible distro and walk on the field of its competitors

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        • #5
          I sure hope the bring back the brown and orange color scheme with this spin. Such fond memories

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          • #6
            I think this is great as MATE would be a great GNOME replacement if they can get it working. I took the latest MATE for a spin when I moved to 14.04 but it doesn't really work with my chosen programs as well as I'd hoped. pSensor and Gnome MPlayer won't work under the latest MATE release and other software was pretty shaky. I'm stuck with Unity for the time being.

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            • #7
              Just a matter of time before we see Flubuntu.

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              • #8
                This is great news for MATE team and a great reward.
                By the way (no rant here) isn't gnome flashback the same ? i use it from time to time and find it very close to what Gnome 2 used to be. Well i might be wrong as i don't have a deep use of it...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BoPieds View Post
                  This is great news for MATE team and a great reward.
                  By the way (no rant here) isn't gnome flashback the same ? i use it from time to time and find it very close to what Gnome 2 used to be. Well i might be wrong as i don't have a deep use of it...
                  Gnome flashback is gnome3 with metacity and gnome panel.
                  Mate is (a fork of) gnome 2 with metacity and gnome panel

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                  • #10
                    Yes technologically speaking. But in practice the two are almost identical

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                    • #11
                      Gnome Flashback not even close to MATE or GNOME 2

                      Originally posted by BoPieds View Post
                      Yes technologically speaking. But in practice the two are almost identical
                      The GNOME 3 version of gnome-panel took out almost all the configurablity of the GNOME 2 panel, it is very stripped down, probably as it was only intended as a fallback environment. I do not use it even as a fallback, but do use MATE in older machines as it has the full feature set from GNOME 2.

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                      • #12
                        Isn't it strange that Canonical bastardized Kubuntu, yet they're now adding all these other spin-offs?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TheLexMachine View Post
                          I think this is great as MATE would be a great GNOME replacement if they can get it working. I took the latest MATE for a spin when I moved to 14.04 but it doesn't really work with my chosen programs as well as I'd hoped. pSensor and Gnome MPlayer won't work under the latest MATE release and other software was pretty shaky. I'm stuck with Unity for the time being.
                          Well that's disappointing as I was looking to give MATE a try when I upgrade to 14.04.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by johnc View Post
                            Well that's disappointing as I was looking to give MATE a try when I upgrade to 14.04.
                            The only Desktop I've gotten to work right - relatively speaking - has been Unity with KDE a close second. None of the Gnome options are up to snuff on 14.04, as far as my own setup goes.

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                            • #15
                              Cinnamon works well, try distros using your favorite DE by default if issues

                              Originally posted by TheLexMachine View Post
                              I think this is great as MATE would be a great GNOME replacement if they can get it working. I took the latest MATE for a spin when I moved to 14.04 but it doesn't really work with my chosen programs as well as I'd hoped. pSensor and Gnome MPlayer won't work under the latest MATE release and other software was pretty shaky. I'm stuck with Unity for the time being.
                              On a fresh install, consider picking a distro that uses your preferred DE as its default and if possible as its flagship if you are having issues. Mint is based on Ubuntu but offers Cinnamon, MATE, and XFCE as DE's. Mint with MATE might be set up enough differently than Ubuntu with MATE to solve your problems, or you can try different programs entirely, such as using MPV rather than gnome-mplayer if click to play without a drag and drop DE is enough. In my experience gnome-mplayer has worked in all DE's I've tried, including the IceWM desktop on my netbook.

                              So far, I've had no trouble running anything in Cinnamon except for the usual alpha version bugs that come and go when working with pre-release stuff.

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