Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is a modest, yet strategic, upgrade over our 18.04 release. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support then 18.10 is for you. For those who prefer staying on the LTS then everything in this 18.10 release is also important for the upcoming 18.04.2 release. Oh yeah, we’ve also made a bespoke Ubuntu MATE 18.10 image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2. Read on to learn more…
Superposition on the Intel Core i7-8809G Radeon RX Vega M powered Hades Canyon NUC
What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 18.04 final release?
Curiously, the work during this Ubuntu MATE 18.10 release has really been focused on what will become Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2. Let me explain.
The upstream MATE Desktop team have been working on many bug fixes for MATE Desktop 1.20.3, that has resulted in a lot of maintenance updates in the upstream releases of MATE Desktop. The Debian packaging team for MATE Desktop, of which I am member, has been updating all the MATE packages to track these upstream bug fixes and new releases. Just about all MATE Desktop packages and associated components, such as AppMenu and MATE Dock Applet have been updated. Now that all these fixes exist in the 18.10 release, we will start the process of SRU’ing (backporting) them to 18.04 so that they will feature in the Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 release due in February 2019. The fixes should start landing in Ubuntu MATE 18.04 very soon, well before the February deadline.
Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 will include a hardware enablement stack (HWE) based on what is shipped in Ubuntu 18.10. Ubuntu users are increasingly adopting the current generation of AMD RX Vega GPUs, both discrete and integrated solutions such as the Intel Core i7-8809G Radeon RX Vega M found in the Hades Canyon NUC and some laptops. I have been lobbying people within the Ubuntu project to upgrade to newer versions of the Linux kernel, firmware, Mesa and Vulkan that offer the best possible “out of box” support for AMD GPUs. Consequently, Ubuntu 18.10 (of any flavour) is great for owners of AMD graphics solutions and these improvements will soon be available in Ubuntu 18.04.2 too.
Alongside the generic image for 64-bit Intel PCs we’re also releasing a bespoke image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 that includes the hardware specific tweaks to get these devices working “out of the box” without any faffing about. See our GPD Pocket page for more details.
Ubuntu MATE 18.10 running on the GPD Pocket (left) and GPD Pocket 2 (right)
Raspberry Pi images
We’re planning on releasing Ubuntu MATE images for the Raspberry Pi after
that 18.10 release is out, in October 2018. It takes usually takes about a
month to get the Raspberry Pi images built and tested, but we’ve encountered
some challenges with the 18.04 based images which has delayed their release.
Hopefully we’ll have something in time for Christmas 2018
Accompanying MATE Desktop 1.20.3 and Linux 4.18 are Firefox 59.0.2, VLC 3.0.4, LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 and Thunderbird 60.2.1.
See the Ubuntu 18.10 Release Notes for details of all the changes and improvements that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.
Download Ubuntu MATE 18.10
We’ve even redesigned the download page so it’s even easier to get started.Download
Here are the known issues.
- Nothing significant.
Ubuntu family issues
This is our known list of bugs that affects all flavours.
After installing an Ubuntu 18.10 flavour alongside an existing Ubuntu 18.10 install, the resized filesystem is corrupted.
- It has not been reported to happen if the original operating system is something other than Cosmic.
When installing while preserving existing data, an error message is displayed, which is due to
Could not get lock /target/var/cache/apt/archives/lock
- The packages installed originally are not reinstalled and must be reinstalled manually. Although the user data is preserved.
- The screen reader is not auto-enabled on first login even if it’s been enabled during installation.
- In an OEM installation, during user setup, the language selected is not taken into account.
When disconnecting from VPNs, DNS resolution may become broken requiring a restart of systemd-resolved`.
sudo systemctl restart systemd-resolved.service
Ubiquity slide shows are missing for OEM installs of Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Budgie
- To work around this, run
apt install oem-config-slideshow-ubuntu-matein the OEM prepare session.
- To work around this, run
You’ll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.
Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? Maybe you just want to discuss your experiences or ask the maintainers some questions. Please come and talk to us.