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    Phoronix: MATE 1.18 Desktop Released, Finished Porting To GTK3

    MATE 1.18 is now available as the latest version of this GNOME2-forked open-source desktop environment...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-1.18-Released

  • #2
    wow, they got it ported to gtk3 before xfce , now I'm waiting for xfce so it is wayland ready

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    • #3
      Looking forward to try it when it gets on arch or manjaro unstable. The best feature, in my opinion, is libinput support (surprisingly xfce got this first) which is needed especially for arch and fedora future releases.

      I really wish to see the xfce and the mate teams working together in order to implement a new light wayland compositor suitable for both desktops. Gnome and KDE are much ahead on this area and if any of these small teams tries to get its own compositor it will probably need more than 4 years development (maybe libweston can help here??).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheOne View Post
        wow, they got it ported to gtk3 before xfce , now I'm waiting for xfce so it is wayland ready
        Gtk3 is only one part of it, they still have to make a Wayland compositor.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TingPing View Post

          Gtk3 is only one part of it, they still have to make a Wayland compositor.
          I guess they can adapt mutter.

          I hope MATE 1.18 is available in Ubuntu 17.04, MATE 1.16 on 16.04 is great!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JPFSanders View Post

            I guess they can adapt mutter.
            I have a feeling they don't want to depend upon upstream gnome, so they would probably either fork it or just make their own (maybe off another library).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TingPing View Post
              Gtk3 is only one part of it, they still have to make a Wayland compositor.
              Not only that. Most people seem to think that porting to a Wayland-capable toolkit is all it takes to get your code running on Wayland. But while that's an essential first step, because while the toolkit might support Wayland, that doesn't mean your code isn't full of X11 stuff that needs replacing. Gtk3 provided APIs allowing developers to write apps that were more independent of the specific display, but someone still needs to start using them.

              And yes, for a desktop, you've got the desktop itself to worry about... the task of replacing the classic X11 window manager with a compositor. That's not a small piece of work.

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              • #8
                Still got a real soft spot for MATE. If it gets Wayland support I'd be in heaven.

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                • #9
                  Still not Wayland support, what a pity...
                  After all, full GTK3 support, that's a good new.

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                  • #10
                    So they needed 6 years from forking names of unmaintained Gnome 2 to now actually using what Gnome 3 uses... changing GUI libs must be major fucking pain in the ass

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