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MATE 1.24 released

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After about a year of development, the MATE Desktop team have finally released MATE 1.24. A big thank you to all contributors who helped to make this happen.

This release contains plenty of new features, bug-fixes, and general improvements. Some of the most important highlights include...

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MATE 1.24 Desktop Environment Released with New Apps

  • MATE 1.24 Desktop Environment Released with New Apps, Many Improvements

    Almost a year in development, the MATE 1.24 desktop environment introduces the ability for users to hide certain applications during startup, adds support for NVMe drives in the System Monitor panel applet, and improves support for HiDPI displays for Control Center’s icons.

    Moreover, MATE 1.24 adds support for mouse acceleration profiles, support for “pi” or “π” symbols to the Calculator app, as well as Wayland support and support for embedded color profiles to the Eye of MATE image viewer.

    The Engrampa archive manager received support for some extra formats and improved password support, especially for passwords that contain Unicode characters. Furthermore, all the Pluma plugins are now Python 3 compatible.

    Marco, the window manager, comes with lots of goodies, including revamped Alt+Tab and Workspace Switcher popups with beautiful OSD styles and better keyboard navigation support, invisible resize borders, HiDPI window controls, more window decorations, and support for cycling through different tiling window sizes with the keyboard.

MATE 1.24 Released For Letting GNOME 2 Continuation Live On

  • MATE 1.24 Released For Letting GNOME 2 Continuation Live On In 2020

    For those still fond of the GNOME 2 desktop environment, the MATE Desktop Environment that's been living on as a continuation fork of GNOME2 is out with its version 1.24 update.

    MATE 1.24 comes after about a year of work by the limited crew involved, but does come with some notable changes. MATE 1.24 being adding Wayland support to some components like Eye of GNOME and MATE Panel, the Marco window manager has restored a bunch of "nostalgic" window decorations, the System Monitor now supports polling NVMe drives, HiDPI improvements, Pluma file manager plug-ins have migrated to Python 3, there is a new MATE Disk Image Mounter utility, and a wide variety of other work.

MATE Desktop 1.24 Release Arrives with a Slew of Improvements

  • MATE Desktop 1.24 Release Arrives with a Slew of Improvements

    Not friendly with this particular desktop environment? The MATE desktop was conceived as a direct continuation of the “old” GNOME 2 codebase but, rather like the Cinnamon desktop, has long since matured into its own distinct thing.

    The MATE desktop sits at the heart of many Linux distros, including Ubuntu MATE. And is particularly popular with those who prefer a traditional ‘2 panel’ desktop experience with simple app menus, feature-filled apps, and fewer flashy effects.

MATE 1.24 landed in Debian unstable

  • MATE 1.24 landed in Debian unstable

    Last week, Martin Wimpress (from Ubuntu MATE) and I did a 2.5-day packaging sprint and after that I bundle-uploaded all MATE 1.24 related components to Debian unstable. Thus, MATE 1.24 landed in Debian unstable only four days after the upstream release. I think this was the fastest version bump of MATE in Debian ever.

    Packages should have been built by now for most of the 22 architectures supported by Debian. The current/latest build status can be viewed on the DDPO page of the Debian+Ubuntu MATE Packaging Team [1].

    Please also refer to the MATE 1.24 upstream release notes for details on what's new and what's changed [2].

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