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MATE Desktop 1.2 Released

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Published on 16 April 2012 12:33 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME
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The MATE Desktop, which is the fork of the GNOME2 package-set, just experienced its 1.2 stable release. Will this be a viable fork to allow GNOME 2.x to live on?

MATE 1.2 doesn't really bring anything significant to the table beyond what was offered in GNOME2 in terms of desktop features and functionality, but its said to carry numerous bug-fixes, fixes up GNOME conflicts, moves configuration files around, mate-open now launches applications faster, the MATE settings daemon now supports PulseAudio and GStreamer backends, and there is some new artwork.

The new packages to the MATE world include Mozo as a fork of Alacarte, Python-Caja, Caja-gksu, and Caja-image-converter.

Find out more from this mate-desktop.org blog posting. There's also a MATE road-map detailing some of their future plans.

Another option for preferring a GNOME2-like experience if not enticed by the latest GNOME3 and Unity desktop happenings is to try Cinnamon, which is carrying a lot more momentum at the moment and builds upon GNOME3.

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