Ubuntu Mate Updated To Version 16.04 For The Raspberry Pi 2 And Pi 3 Single Board Computers

Canonical are firing on all cylinders and the company continues to impress on all fronts. With anticipation growing as the release date of the stable version of the Ubuntu touch OTA-10 draws close with a little over two days left until launch, the company’s devs responsible for Ubuntu MATE – Which is a dedicated operating system optimized for mini computers and smaller devices – has released a statement announcing the release of the second Beta build of the Ubuntu Mate port for the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single board mini computers.

The announcement came by the way of project leader Martin Wimpress who announced to the general public that the OS will be updated to Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS joining the broad family of the Xenial Xerus branch. The update is engineered and tailored to the famous single computer with additional features and numerous refined components.

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“Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Beta 2 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 is available for download,” said Martin Wimpress. “Many thanks to The Pi Podcast presenters Joe Ressington, Winkle ink and Isaac Carter for testing some early images and providing valuable feedback. Thanks to them this Beta is in pretty decent shape.”

Canonical engineers added the BlueZ 5.37 component to the new update making it possible for Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS to take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hardware capabilities added to the new Raspberry Pi 3. At the center of things is the Linux Kernel 4..1.19 alongside the Raspberry Pi- firmware version 1.20160315-1 wiringpi 2.32, nuscratch 20160115, sonic-pi 2.9.0, and omx-player 0.3.7~git20160206~cb91001.

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Additional features of the pocket single computers are the experimental hardware-acceleration OpenGL technology, which at this point is not a finished product but a step in the right direction to bring much needed boost for the not so very powerful PC.

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