Skip to main content

Pushing Out MATE 1.8 RC Packages

For the last few days, i have been pushing MATE 1.8 RC packages to master branch in msb github repository for public testing. I even made a new LQ thread about this. Here are some more information about the current status.
  • All base/ packages have been upgraded to 1.7.90
  • Only 2 packages in extra/ that have been upgraded to 1.7.90
  • There is 1 package left that hasn't been bumped to 1.7.0 (mate-bluetooth) which is still in heavy development for supporting bluez5.
You can help by testing MATE 1.8 RC packages. Go clone the repository using git and run the and (please remove the mate-bluetooth line first or it will stop your compile process). I have been testing it on a VM and it's working very nice here. You will not get the BIG surprise changes like in KDE, but it's more like a evolutionary changes.

Anyway, one of the most-wanted feature that has been implemented in MATE 1.8 is the new window snapping feature. You can enable it directly from command line after you upgraded to marco 1.7.x using this command:
dconf write org/mate/marco/general/side-by-side-tiling true
or enable it via Mate Control Center:
System > MATE Control Center > Windows
Tick Enable side by side tilling

Check out other new features in MATE 1.8 in their roadmap

Popular posts from this blog

Running Rsync Via Proxy

One way to get the latest Slackware updates is by running rsync to syncronize your local repository and the main repository that hold the Slackware packages. Eric Hameleers has provided a great script called and how i modified this tool has been discussed on my previous post. In general, it works, except for one problem, when your computer is connecting to the Internet through a proxy.

My workstation at my office is connected to the Internet through a proxy, so i can't use normal rsync to work normally. I browsed the web and i found this site which tells us about how we should modify our squid configuration to allow rsync connection from any computer from our local networks. I asked my sysadmin to try this script. He agreed and he updated the squid configuration on the proxy.

Next, i need to update my environment variable RSYNC_PROXY to the host of the proxy and also the port. Let's say you are running a proxy on and port 8080, then you need to run …

NVidia Legacy Unix Driver Update

NVidia has released an updated legacy drivers to support X.Org 1.19 with ABI 23. It has been mentioned in the UNIX drivers, but you can directly find the drivers from the links below:
NVidia 304.134 (x86x86_64)NVidia 340.101 (x86, x86_64) I have tested the 304.134 driver and it's working great here. I can finally remove x from my /etc/slackpkg/blacklist file since it's a showstopper for me.
Aside from legacy driver, NVidia has also released their latest driver 375.26 (x86, x86_64), which brings support for newer cards and also many new features (including X.Org 1.19 with ABI 23 support). 

Security Update: firefox, irssi, pidgin

Three security updates were released for today:
firefox: Upgraded to 45.4.0esr for 14.1 and 14.2 and 49.0 for currentirssi: Upgraded to 0.8.20pidgin: Upgraded to 2.10.11, 2.10.12, and 2.11.0 for all stable Slackware releases depending on their support Some minor update in current:
mkinitrd: Add dmsetup supportemacs: Upgraded to 25.1qt: Fix multilib issue network-scripts: Fix minor issue