Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha One Has Been Released

“Beaut, beauty! We’re stoked to announce Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, the first distro to ship a fair dinkum MATE Desktop implementation built entirely against GTK3+. Some thought we’d let the kangaroos loose in the top paddock by being the first distro to switch to GTK3+ and it would all come to a gutser. But we put in big mobs of effort to ensure it’s not complete ball dust. Give it a burl!” was the announcement from Ubuntu Mate project leader Martin Wimpress as he and his team prepare to release the first alpha build of the upcoming Ubuntu Mate 16.10 Yakkety Yak operating system.

The operating system will be build atop Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS and the first alpha is expected to ship with MATE 1.14 desktop environment. This DE is built entirely using the GTK+3.18 GUI toolkit with the primary focus being making it less resource hungry.


The build is expected to bring in some much-improved versions of the Software Boutique, Mate Dock Applet. Mate Tweak, MATE Menu, and Ubuntu MATE welcome in-house built tools.

Additionally, other changes implemented in the Ubuntu Mate 16.10 Yakkety Yak Alpha one release includes the removal of GNOME Main Menu featuring an OpenSUSE layout and the addition of severeal new wallpapers contesy of the development community.


Other changes are the Pidgin IM client is no longer installed by default giving users the freedom of deciding whether they want it or not and it is now made possible by the development team to have users safely uninstall any and all default apps without having the Ubuntu-Mate-Desktop package removed.

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