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Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop

Ubuntu Mate 18.04 bionic beaver daily buildSupport for quarter window tiling has been added to the MATE desktop. The feature is one of several improvements shipping in the latest stable release of the ‘retrospective’ desktop environment, which was forked from GNOME 2 back in 2011. Specifically its MATE’s window manager Marco that’s been gifted support for ‘quadrant window tiling’. Or, as some call it, […]

This post, Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download

ubuntu 17.10 flavorsIt’s not just Ubuntu 17.10 release day — brand new versions of Ubuntu’s family of official flavors are also available to download. You can download the latest releases of Ubuntu Budgie 17.10, Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Kubuntu 17.10, Xubuntu 17.10 and other official Ubuntu flavors right now. And there’s something to suit everyone. All flavors share […]

This post, Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 2 Flavours Available to Download

official ubuntu flavorsPitching up alongside the main Ubuntu 17.10 beta release are new beta builds of the various official Ubuntu flavors. Among the many spins choosing to take part in this round of testing is the marvellous Ubuntu MATE, brilliant Ubuntu Budgie, and, er, Xubuntu. All releases share the same core Ubuntu base, use Linux kernel 4.13, and benefit from a bevy of bug fixes, security […]

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 2 Flavours Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 Released, Includes HUD, Global Menu

Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 is now available to download and if you’re a big fan of the Unity desktop you’re going to love what’s on offer. The screenshot above shows some of the major improvements Ubuntu MATE 17.10 has made to its ‘Unity’ style layout (called ‘Mutiny’, and accessible through the MATE Tweaks app). Forget the […]

This post, Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 Released, Includes HUD, Global Menu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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MATE Dock Applet Sees New Release

MATE Dock Applet is a MATE panel applet that displays open windows / applications as icons. The latest 0.78 version includes 5 new types of indicators, a new option to add space between dock icons, and more.

MATE Dock Applet

Among the MATE Dock Applet features are pinning applications to the dock, display an indicator for running applications, supports activating applications using keyboard shortcuts, and more. The applet can even change the color of MATE panels to the dominant desktop wallpaper color.

Changes in MATE Dock Applet 0.78 include:

  • 5 new types of running application indicators: circle, square, triangle, diamond and subway. For the GTK3 version of the applet (Ubuntu 16.10 and newer), the indicator color will use the current theme highlight color. Since that’s not possible for GTK2, you can use the fallback color option to set this (see the MATE Dock Applet preferences, in the Misc tab);
  • you can now set the spacing between dock icons. Supported values are 0-7 (Dock Preferences > Panel Options > App spacing);
  • for windows requiring attention, you can now configure if a badge (exclamation mark) should be displayed on top of the icon instead of a blinking icon (Dock Preferences > Misc > Action when apps need attention).

Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

MATE Dock Applet
window requiring attention showing a badge (image via MATE Dock Applet release notes)

MATE Dock Applet
“0” app spacing

MATE Dock Applet
“7” app spacing

MATE Dock Applet
New “Subway” running window indicator

You can find more screenshots in the MATE Dock Applet 0.78 release notes.

Install MATE Dock Applet

MATE Dock Applet is available in the Ubuntu (MATE) repositories, but it’s not the latest version. You can see the version available for each Ubuntu release HERE. To install the version from the official Ubuntu MATE repositories, simply use the following command:
sudo apt install mate-dock-applet

Ubuntu MATE 17.04, 16.10, 16.04 or 14.04 users can install the latest MATE Dock Applet by using the WebUpd8 MATE PPA. Add the PPA and install the applet using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/mate
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mate-dock-applet

Once installed, right click the MATE panel, select “Add to panel” and add the “Dock” applet.
To download the source, report bugs, etc., see the MATE Dock Applet GitHub page.

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Ubuntu 17.04 flavors are now available to download, including Ubuntu Budgie

Hatching out alongside Ubuntu 17.04 downloads are images for the rest of the Ubuntu flavors. In post we’ll take look at what’s new in a handful of the flavours, share a few choice screenshots, and give you all the download links you need. As with regular Ubuntu we recommend that you download using the official torrents. This helps to save the community […]

This post, Ubuntu 17.04 flavors are now available to download, including Ubuntu Budgie, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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