[OpenIndiana-discuss] Mate is here (as well as new test ISOs)
alp at rsu.ru
Tue Aug 16 15:12:45 UTC 2016
I wanted to announce availability of Mate some time ago, but there were
some issues, especially when I tried to build Mate Live CD. Good news is
that now most irritating issues (or at least those which I found) are fixed.
So, let me introduce Mate 1.14. To facilitate installing, I've created
pkg:/mate_install, which should be shortly available. Unfortunately,
when you have both Gnome 2 and Mate installed, both of them try to use
the same applications, so you'll have interesting time removing Gnome 2
applications from Mate and vice versa.
Currently Mate packages are
# Not strictly mate, but gdm brings in too much gnome2
Known MATE issues:
- power management is based on upower (hal support removed), so it
doesn't work (affects mate-applets(batstat), mate power manager)
- nautilus zfs integration uses illumos private interfaces and wasn't
ported to caja
- compiz integration to GNOME control center uses gconf settings. To
work with mate code should be migrated to gsettings
- GUI interface to reboot to specific BE is not preserved
As for LightDM, it worked for me, but there was one issue, which I
didn't manage to catch:
- On some conditions when ligthdm is disabled, it fails to switch active
VT back to /dev/vt/0. If you can reproduce it or have some ideas why it
happens (and lightdm does it in sigterm handler), I'll be glad to hear.
Now, about ISOs:
They are available at http://dlc-int.openindiana.org/hipster/20160816/ ,
sha256 checksums are in
Two new image types: OI_MATE - this is Mate-based LiveDVD and OI_minimal
(we tried to strip down OI a bit). One thing about minimal image - it
doesn't deliver sudo, so initial user just gets root role. Note, these
are test images and not official snapshots.
We would be glad for you to test them.
We'd like to hear your opinion, which images are necessary for next
snapshot (supposedly, 2016.10). We think that minimal one, Mate and
Gnome one are enough. We are going to avoid delivering Gnome ISO image
after next snapshot (in 2017).
Also we are interested to hear if community needs VM images, and if it
needs, then what exactly (qcow2, vmdk or something else).
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