ArchLabs 2018.02 released with redesigned AL-Hello, obmenu and other imrovements

Mr Dobbie03,  on behalf of ArchLabs project has announced the release of ArchLabs 2018.02, a stable snapshot of Arch based, rolling GNU/Linux distribution featuring openbox desktop environment.

Preview of obmenu in ArchLabs 2018.02
Preview of obmenu in ArchLabs 2018.02
In addition to various updates from base repositories, ArchLabs 2018.02 brings some important changes. The main highlights in ArchLabs 2018.02 release can be summarized as follows:
  • The GoRice package is removed from the installation image as it created no purpose to the regular users.
  • The AL-Hello applications has undergone major changes. One of the notable change includes the transformation of `additional installation options` as a multi-choice screen instead of existing paginated multiscreen.
  • The obmenu has been updated to include most popular applications. The team is open to accept suggestions on apps to be included in future releases. Also, there is on option in obmenu to directly open the package manager pacli and install any available application. Obmenu generator is retained in AL-Hello, so that curious users can make use of that.
  • The AL-installer (based on ABIF installer) has undergone some minor changes and bug fixes.
  • The default wallpaper has been modified a little bit.
  • The ArchLabs Geany theme has had a tidy up also.  A few visual glitches have been cleaned up
For more information on ArchLabs 2018.02 release, see original release announcement published in projects blog.

Tor Browser 8.0a2 is released

The Tor Project has announced the release of Tor Browser 8.0a2, latest development release of secure and open source web browser dedicated to protect anonymity and privacy of users while surfing internet. This release comes with various updated components and bug fixes to take another foot step towards the mission of this project.

Tor Browser Banner
Tor Browser Banner

What is Tor and Tor Browser?

Tor is a software that protect users by channelling communications through a distributed network of relay servers run by volunteers around the world. It prevent people and software from understanding the browsing habits of users by analyzing the origin of request and the sites visited. It also helps to overcome the censorship endorsed by govt and authorities.

Tor Browser is a cross platform supported web browser that comes with preconfigured Tor. It helps users to anonymously browse the internet without downloading any additional software or package. Tor Browser is portable and can run on multiple platforms like Windows, GNU/Linux or macOS.

What are new features in Tor Browser 8.0a2

Tor Browser 8.0a2 is a successor of version 8.0a1 and it has following changes from the predecessor.
Common Changes
  • Based on Tor
  • Torbutton to 1.9.9 - which includes bug fixes and translation update
  • Tor Launcher 0.2.15 which fixes the issue of not escaping special characters in proxy password.
  • Updated HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.1.29
  • Noscript
  • meek 0.29
  • Revert bug 18619 (we are not disabling IndexedDB any longer)
  • Rip out optimistic data socks handshake variant (#3875)
  • Changes to `intl.accept.languages` get overwritten after restart
  • Add [System+Principal] to the NoScript whitelist
  • Disable Range requests used by pdfjs as they are not isolated
  • Make e10s/non-e10s Tor Browsers indistinguishable
  • Disable randomised Firefox HTTP cache decay user tests
  • Add a tbb_version.json file
  • Include git hash in tor --version
Also, there are some platform specific fixes like AF_INET/AF_INET6 related issues in macOS and GNU/Linux.

Where can I download Tor Browser 8.0a2?

Tor Browser 8.0a2 is available in projects official download page. This page will always include links to latest alpha release. Alternatively, you can make use of following direct links.

All these links are pointing to English version of Tor Browser 8.0a2.

For windows (32/64 bit , 64 bit)
For GNU/Linux (32 bit, 64 bit)
For macOS (64 bit)

elementary OS creates a brand new installer in collaboration with System76

In a recent blog post, Mr Daniel Fore, the founding member at elementary OS has shared the details on a brand new installer in collaboration with System76, a popular hardware vendor shipping GNU/Linux based laptops. For this installer, elementary team will be working on front end, while System76 will be working on back end.
A screen of proposed elementary OS installer

What is need for a new installer?

Traditionally, elementary OS and Pop!_OS are shipping Ubiquity, the Ubuntu installer, for installing the system. It is turned out that, Ubiquity has become bloated with a lot of code and functionalities and also, it requires significant effort to maintain a custom version to meet the requirement of different distributions.

The purpose of the proposed installer is to provide a simple, straightforward and easily customizable system that dumps the operating system to the disk in an efficient way. It will improve the user experience in both OS perspective and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) perspective.

What are the plans for proposed installer & how much is achieved so far?

In order to make the proposed installer a reality, elementary OS team will be working in collaboration with the System76. The elementary OS team will be working on the front end and the System76 will be working on the back end of the installer.

The initial idea for front end was to rewrite existing Ubiquity UI using Vala, by following elementary HIG principles. However, it was difficult due to the complexity of existing code written in python. It requires a lot of effort to make even a slight change in the UI. The System76 has also wanted to ship some brand information on installer without many changes.

Initially, the team has removed some unnecessary screens from the installer, like network configuration as it is not the primary goal. Later, the elementary team has worked continuously on specifications and designs and has finally agreed with System76 on the design. The team has started writing non-functional bits of UI on Gtk+ and Vala.

Before starting work on the back end, the team has analyzed various existing installers like Ubiquity, Anaconda, Calamares, ..etc to use it with the redesigned front end. Finally, the team has arrived at a conclusion that, existing installers are simply over functional, outdated or complicated. Hence, both teams agreed on building a very simple, open source, purpose-made installer library that just worked to get an OS onto a drive as quickly and simply as possible. This idea was implemented with a title distinst. This library lets users to dump the OS onto a drive extremely quickly and reports the relevant data back to the front-end. to the front-end.

When can we expect the brand new installer?

The System76 is planning to include the new installer as part of the upcoming Pop!_OS 18.04 release in April. While the elementary OS prefers to include the installer in upcoming Juno release if it is ready and mature enough. If the plan does n't go well elementary 5.0 Juno will also include Ubiquity as the default installer.

For further details on proposed elementary OS installer, read the official blog post published in elementary blogs.

Calculate Linux 17.12.2 released with Gentoo 17.0 profile and Meltdown and Spectre patches

The Calculate Linux team has announced the release of Calculate Linux 17.12.2, latest stable release of Gentoo based GNU/Linux distribution optimized for rapid deployment in corporate environments. This release is built using Gentoo 17.0 profile and hence the whole packages were rebuild to be compatible with the parent.

Calculate Linux 17.12.2 availability

The Calculate Linux 17.12.2 is available in 8 different flavors. It includes desktop flavors CLD, CLDC, CLDM and CLDX featuring KDE, Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop environments respectively. Also, there exist Calculate Directory Server (CDS), Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS), Calculate Scratch Server (CSS) and Calculate Container Scratch (CCS) which is optimized for deploying on cloud containers.

Main highlights of Calculate Linux 17.12.2

Calculate Linux 17.12.2 is rebased with Gentoo 17.0 profile. In order to be compatible with the parent, all packages in Calculate repository are build in new environment. In addition to the base change, following are main highlights of this release:
  • We moved to the new Gentoo 17.0 profile. All binary packages were rebuilt, in the repo as well as on Live DVDs/USBs
  • All currently available Meltdown and Spectre patches were included
  • grub.d privileges are safe now
  • Restore functionality supported for LXC containers file capabilities
  • Network interfaces can be once again renamed and saved
  • Password configuration fixed for editing Grub entries
  • IO Scheduler option removed
  • Network configuration inside containers fixed
  • File attributes updated correctly by templates
  • Kernel start fixed (warnings and errors OK)
  • Possible to use a file as swap memory

Where can I download Calculate Linux 17.12.2?

Calculate Linux torrents can be downloaded from projects' official website or by  following the links given below.
Alternatively, the installation images can be downloaded from mirror sites listed in Calculate Linux download page.

Kdenlive ships first beta AppImage for upcoming 18.04 release

The Kdenlive team has published a beta AppImage for upcoming Kdenlive 18.04 release. For more than one year, the team was focusing on refactoring of project code to make it leaner and more stable. The refactoring was also required to make further development easier.

Kdenlive 18.04 beta banner (Courtesy : Project website)

What is Kdenlive?

Kdenlive (acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor) is a cross platform compatible, non-linear, open source video editor. Initially it was primary targeted for GNU/Linux distributions. Though, it has evolved to work on macOS and BSD platforms. There is a windows port under development as part of GSoC project. With MLT framework, Kdenlive supports many plugins and effects for audios and videos. It also brings title creator tool & DVD authoring tool.

What was going on behind the scenes?

The team had released version 17.12 on last December. Since, then the team was almost silent on what is going behind the scenes. Now, the team is back informing there were only a few reported issues with 17.12 release and hence most of the efforts were directed towards the refactoring of code base. The actual refactoring effort was started almost one year back.

Now, the refactored Kdenlive is almost ready to deliver to the public. So, the team has published a beta AppImage for the testers and curious testers. The team is expecting the contribution from the community in testing and reporting if any issue found.

How to install Kdenlive 18.04 in Ubuntu/Fedora/Arch or any AppImage supported system?

AppImage is a platform independent binary distribution. It can be executed on any POSIX compatible platform.

You can download Kdenlive 18.04 beta AppImage from project's file system.

Once the AppImage is downloaded, make it executable by running chmod command on terminal.

$ chmod +x kdenlive-18.04-beta2.AppImage

Alternatively, the file can be made executable by GUI method which will different from platform to platform.

Once the AppImage is made executable, it can be run as an ordinary application. Either double click on icon on run it from command line.

$ ./kdenlive-18.04-beta2.AppImage

For more details, you can refer original announcement made by Kdenlive team.

Porteus v4.0 RC4 released with added firmware to aid smoother experience

After a while, the Porteus team has announced the availability of another Porteus v4.0 release candidate 4 for testing. Despite the RC4 in version number, this release is actually first release candidate of Porteus made available to the public. It includes several new firmware and other base packages to provide a smoother and solid user experience.

Porteus v4.0 rc4 release banner

What is Porteus?

Porteus is a small sized, yet complete general purpose GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware. Porteus is well known for it's customizability and optimization for portable devices. Porteus is optimized to boot from a wide range of portable devices like pen drives, compact disks, hard drive and other bootable storage devices. It can boot & start funcitioning in a small amount of time.

For more information on Porteus GNU/Linux, you can checkout our gallery project.

What are the highlights in Porteus v4.0 RC4?

Porteus v4.0 RC4 is a development release of upcoming Porteus v4.0 stable release. This release candidate is bigger comparing to previous release candidate. It is caused due to the inclusion of extra packages and firmware to provide stable, reliable and smoother user experience.

Some of the main highlights in Porteus v4.0 RC4 release includes:
  • Kernel 4.15.2
  • Based on Slackware current
  • Provides 7 desktop environments to choose from.
  • New configuration file at porteus/porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg which replaces the .sgn file and can hold cheat codes. One per line.
  • New update-browser feature to update or download your preferred browser (available in GUI)
  • Support for EFI (using syslinux for both BIOS and EFI boots) Only one config file now exists for both methods: /mnt/sdXY/boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg
  • New Porteus update feature built in to update the base modules
  • Intel microcode available in boot folder (load with initrd=/boot/syslinux/intel-ucode.cpio,/boot/syslinux/initrd.xz in boot line)

Where can I download Porteus v4.0 RC4?

Porteus v4.0 RC4 is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit variations. You can find these images in official mirrors of Porteus GNU/Linux. Following are Porteus mirrors active at the moment (16th Feb 2018)
For further information, see Porteus v4.0 RC4 release announcement published in projects forum.

Solus 4 won't ship snapd-Software Center integration with initial release

In an official status update, Mr Joshua Strobl, communication manager at Solus Project has announced their plans for upcoming Solus 4 release. The major plans for Solus 4 includes experimental support for wayland in GNOME session, delaying of support for snapd-Software Center integration, integraton of linux driver manager, ..etc.

A preview of Solus 4 development edition

What is Solus?

Solus is an independently evolved desktop operating system. The main idea behind Solus is providing an ideal desktop experience with the power of GNU/Linux. Instead of targeting multiple platforms at a time, Solus just target desktop users and the system is optimized for the same. In order to provide a better user experience, Solus brings its own desktop environment called Budgie. Additionally, it provides well-tweaked GNOME & MATE editions.

You can read more about Solus project & Budgie Desktop in our gallery project.

What are planned features for Solus 4?

In an official status post published on 14th February 2018, the team shares some plans for upcoming Solus 4 release.
  • As different from announced earlier, Solus 4 won't included support for snapd, a universal packaging format for GNU/Linux and other Unix like systems. The snapd integration is delayed as it will take some more time and the team don't want to delay the release of Solus just because of snapd. It will be provided as a continuous update on top of Solus 4 release.
  • The Software Center in Solus 4 will bring a fresh design along with integration of Linux Driver Management tool to provide better hardware support. This Software Centre will also make use of plugin based architecture in order to simplify upcoming snapd integration.
  • Enabling experimental wayland support GNOME session. It won't be used as default session in either Budgie or in GNOME as it is not stable yet for day to day use. However, the project don't want to stop their users from experimenting with latest technologies.
  • UI refinement for MATE Desktop
  • Budgie Desktop 10.4.1
  • Updated Brisk Menu - Modern application menu for MATE Desktop environment.

When Solus 4 is getting released?

By principle, Solus is a rolling GNU/Linux distribution. So, you can always enjoy continuous updates from Solus. However, in order to keep the installation image fault free and update, the team makes releases in a while. The Solus team has not yet shared any release plans for Solus 4. However, the development is going on now. And the team has decided to delay blocking factors like snapd integration. So we can expect Solus 4 release very soon.

For more information on upcoming Solus 4 and other activities going on Solus project, see weekly status update published in projects blog.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta released for testing

The Devuan team has announced the immediate availability of Devuan 2.0 beta for testing. This release code named ASCII is made in compatible with Debian 9.x Stretch and ensures safe update path from Debian 8.x Jessy and Debian 9.x Stretch.

The Devuan 2.0 Alpha was around for almost two years and is working smoothly on thousands of desktops and servers. The community has done extensive testing on Devuan 2.0 alpha image and has fixed most of the issues. Now, the community believes it is time for an open assessment and hence the beta release is made available for the public. Once the community incorporates the feedback received from external contributors, this branch will be declared as stable and the final image will be released.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta banner

What is Devuan?

Well. We're talking about Devuan 2.0 beta release for a while now. For those who have not heard about Devuan earlier, Devuan is a fork of Debian without systemd - the init program used in Debian and it's derivatives. Since the init program while be running in background for the entire time, Devuan team don't want to include a heavier program like systemd. With this mission, Devuan has released it's first version from Debian Jessy has provided a smooth update path from Jessy and it's predecessor Wheezy.

When Devuan 2.0 is getting released?

Unlike many other main stream distributions, Devuan does not follow a strict schedule. The team tries to release the operating system once it is ready. The beta release is made available now for testing. Once it is tested by the open community, most of the reported bugs will be fixed. Once all bugs are fixed, it will be released to the community as a stable edition.

What are various update paths planned?

Devuan is made in compatible with Debian 9.x Stretch. The team is already providing safe update path from Debian 8.x Jessy and Debian 9.x Stretch to the Devuan 2.0 ASCII release. And of course, there will be update path from Devuan 1.0 also.

What are new features in Devuan 2.0 ASCII?

This is going to be most interesting part of any release. Quoting from official release announcement, following are major highlights in Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta release.
  • OpenRC is installable using the expert install path (thanks Maemo Leste!)
  • eudev has replaced systemd-udev (thanks Gentoo!)
  • elogind has been added as an alternative to consolekit (thanks Gentoo!)
  • Desktop users can choose among fully functional XFCE (Default), KDE, Cinnamon, LXQT, MATE, and LXDE desktops
  • CLI-oriented users can select the "Console productivity" task that installs a fully-featured set of console-based utils and tools.
  • A .vdi disk image is now provided for use with VirtualBox.
  • ARM board kernels have been updated to 4.14 and 4.15 for most boards.
For further information on Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta released, see original announcement made by Devuan team.

Manjaro community announces Bspwm edition 17.1.4, idles around 120Mb RAM

The Manjaro community has announced the release of Manjaro 17.1.4 Bspwm edition, latest stable snapshot of projects community edition feature BSpwm. This edition of Manjaro is designed to make efficient use of command line and it consumes ~120Mb of RAM on idle state. It provides the Manjaro Architect as the only way for installation and is suitable to use as system rescue images.

Manjaro Bspwm edition 17.1.4

Some of the important highlights in Manjaro Bspwm edition can be summarized as:
  • Multipurpose Rofi launcher, combining window switcher, applications launcher, run dialog and web search into one
  • Breath gtk3 theme
  • proper chromium theming (manjaro-browser-settings-native)
  • included (but disabled) lxpolkit
  • disabled compositing
  • window handling for libreoffice and plank
  • awesome new wallpapers by @muser
  • icons and image previews in ranger (@oberon hint hint :wink:)
  • mate-notification-daemon for clickable update-notifications
  • Improved Grub theme (also on installed system)
  • Chromium with native window decorations and gtk3 theme by default: 
For more information, discussions and screenshots of Manjaro Bspwm 17.1.4 release, see original post shared in Manjaro Forums.

elementary OS team starts talking about upcoming Juno 5.0 release

Answering the recent queries raised on upcoming elementary OS release, Mr Cassidy Blaede, a member of elementary team has written a blog post. This blog post talks about elementary OS 5.0 Juno, the upcoming stable release of project & addresses some associated questions like release date, planned features, future of Loki - the current stable release ..etc. The blog post also takes a quick walk through previous releases of elementary OS.

elementary OS development wallpaper. This wallpaper will be used when the Juno development starts. A similar wallpaper was used during Loki development phase also.

Let's have a quick walk through of various questions answered in elementary blog post.

1) Why it is assigned with version number 5.0 instead of 0.1, 0.2, ..etc 0.4 like it's predecessor?

When the first version of elementary OS created, the team was not confident enough to give it a version number 1.0 - which gives a feel of a perfect stable release. Due to this lack of confidence, elementary team decided to give it a version number 0.1. This approach was followed in later releases.

However, now it is time to make a recall. The elementary OS has become a mature operating system and is ready to use on production environments. It has developed it's own ecosystem and has a number of volunteer application developers. To denote the stability of the operating system, the team has decided to give a version number above one 1.0 for upcoming release. Considering the previous releases and to avoid confusions in future, elementary OS Juno will be given version number 5.0

2) When it is getting released

Unlike many other major GNU/Linux distributions, elementary OS does not provide a clear cut off date on which the OS will be released. Instead the policy is more like, it will be released when it is ready.

Considering the previous trends, elementary OS 5.0 Juno is expected to release a few months after the release of it's base distribution, ie, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which is scheduled to arrive on April 2018.

3) What are planned features?

In general, when a new elementary release arrives there will be a change in underlying technology stack, which is Gtk and mutter for elementary OS. In addition to that, it will make use of modern hardware stack with a newer version of Linux Kernel.

The team will also focus on integrating redesigned payment mechanism with AppCenter, so that serious app developers can make a reasonable income from their apps.

The team is also aiming to continue to improve the HiDPI experience in Juno since several underlying components have received HiDPI fixes. Also, there might be new capabilities like Night Light daemon.

4) What would be the feature of Loki?

The elementary OS 0.4 Loki will be entering in maintenance state while Juno development is in progress. It means, there won't be any feature additions in Loki. However, Loki users can enjoy stability & security related updates to make sure that system is never compromised.

You can read original story introducing elementary OS 5.0 Juno in projects blog.

VLC 3.0 Vetinary brings hardware decoding, HDR, 360 Video and 3D Audio support

The VideoLan has announced the release of VLC 3.0 Vetinary, latest major release world's most popular open source, cross platform supported media player. This release brigs various advanced features like 4K and 8K playback with default hardware decoding, support for 10bits and HDR, 360 Video playback, 3D audio support ..etc.

A preview of VLC 3.0 Vetinary streaming videos

The VLC 3.0 release is immediately made available for various platforms like Windows, macOS, most varieties of GNU/Linux, and also mobile platforms like Android and iOS. It can be installed either from the official package manager of the platform or from the project website. The project is also available in snap format, a cross platform supported format for various GNU/Linux distributions.

The major highlights in VLC 3.0 can be summarized as follows:
  • VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS
Other changes in various VLC components includes:
  • Network browsing for distant filesystems (SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS...)
  • HDMI passthrough for Audio HD codecs, like E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD
  • 12bits codec and extended colorspaces (HDR)
  • Stream to distant renderers, like Chromecast
  • 360 video and 3D audio playback with viewpoint change
  • Support for Ambisonics audio and more than 8 audio channels
  • Subtitles size modification live

  • Hardware decoding and display on all platforms
  • HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11
  • HEVC hardware decoding using OMX and MediaCodec (Android)
  • MPEG-2, VC1/WMV3 hardware decoding on Android
  • Important improvements for the MMAL decoder and output for rPI and rPI2
  • New hardware accelerated decoder for OS X and and iOS based on Video Toolbox
  • New VA-API decoder and rendering for Linux

  • BD-Java menus and overlay in Blu-Ray
  • Experimental AV1 video and Daala video decoders
  • OggSpots video decoder
  • New MPEG-1 & 2 audio layer I, II, III + MPEG 2.5 decoder based on libmpg123
  • New BPG decoder based on libbpg
  • TDSC, Canopus HQX, Cineform, SpeedHQ, Pixlet, QDMC and FMVC decoders
  • TTML subtitles support
  • Rewrite of webVTT subtitles support, including CSS style support
  • BluRay text subtitles (HDMV) deocoder

  • Rework of the MP4 demuxer
  • Rework of the TS demuxer
  • HD-DVD .evo support
  • Rework of the PS demuxer
  • Improvements on MKV

  • OpenGL as Linux/BSD default video output
  • Improvements in OpenGL output: direct displaying and HDR tonemapping
  • Rework of the Android video outputs
  • New Direct3D11 video output supporting both Windows desktop and WinRT modes
  • HDR10 support in Direct3D11 with Windows 10 Fall Creator Update
  • Hardware deinterlacing on the rPI, using MMAL
  • Video filter to convert between fps rates
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/sharpen/chroma with VA-API
  • Hardware accelerated adjust/invert/posterize/sepia/sharpen with CoreImage
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/chroma with D3D9 and D3D11

  • Complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android output
  • New Tizen audio output
  • HDMI/SPDIF pass-through support for WASAPI (AC3/DTS/DTSHD/EAC3/TRUEHD)
  • Support EAC3 and TRUEHD pass-through for PulseAudio
  • Rework of the AudioUnit modules to share more code between iOS and macOS
  • SoX Resampler library audio filter module (converter and resampler)
  • Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd order
  • Binauralizer audio filter, working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
  • Pitch shifting module


  • Chromecast support from your phone
  • HEVC hardware decoding using MediaCodec
  • Android Auto with voice actions
  • Available on all Android TV, Chromebooks & DeX
  • Support for Picture-in-Picture
  • Playlist files detection
For more details, see VLC 3.0 release notes published in VideoLan website. You can also read a detailed changelog in projects website.

MATE Desktop 1.20 released with improved stability and HiDPI support

Mr. Martin Wimpress, on behalf of MATE Desktop team, has announced the release of MATE Desktop 1.20, the latest stable release of modern desktop environment following traditional desktop metaphor. This release is a result of 9 months of continuous development since the announcement of MATE 1.18. It brings various bug fixes and enhancements over the previous release.
Global Menu in Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (File Picture)
The main focus in MATE 1.20 was stabilizing the ecosystem by replacing the deprecated code sections and rewriting some of the poorly written code snippets. It also includes an improved version of Macro - the window manager along with support for HiDPI.

The main highlights in MATE Desktop 1.20 can be summarized as follows:
  • HiDPI display support for dynamic resolution detection and scaling.
  • Improved cross-toolkit integrate with HiDPI hints for Qt applications
  • Dynamic resize and scale with HiDPI triggering, no log out/in required
  • Marco provides support for DRI3 and XPresent, if available.
  • Frame rates in games are significantly increased when using Marco.
  • Marco now supports drag to quadrant window tiling, cursor keys can be used to navigate the Alt + Tab switcher and keyboard shortcuts to move windows to another monitor were added.
  • Support for Global Menu providers like vala-panel-appmenu
  • Better status Notifier Items (SNI) support for MATE panels.
  • MATE Terminal now supports background images, adds Solarized themes and keybindings to switch tabs.
  • Atril, the document viewer, has had a massive overhaul and is better in every single way. Yes, all ways. Better!
  • In particular accessibility support for visually impaired users is considerably improved.
  • Caret navigation has been added.
  • The Invest applet has been dropped from MATE Applets.
  • The API, provided by Yahoo, has been discontinued and there is no reputable drop in replacement available.
  • Panel applets now size correctly based on the units being displayed and many graphs are dynamically scaled.
  • MATE Themes have seen significant improvements to fully implement all style classes exposed by GTK 3.22
  • Engrampa, the archive viewer, has improved support for encrypted 7z archives.
  • MATE Sensors Applet (finally) supports udisks2.
  • OpenBSD authentication is supported in MATE Screensaver and minizip in Atril supports more BSD variants.
  • Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!
  • Also for distribution maintainers, the minimum GTK3+ and GLib requirements have been bumped.
  • GTK 3.22 and GLib 2.50 or newer are required to build MATE Desktop 1.20.
For more information and detailed change logs, see MATE 1.20 release announcement published in projects website.