Friday, September 23, 2016

MATE 1.16 GTK+3 Build

Since MATE 1.16 has been released and binary packages have been published yesterday, i have some time to build MATE 1.16 GTK+3 build only today and publish it under current directory as usual.

One of the reason for providing this binary packages is for users who wanted to help MATE devs testing the GTK+3 build as it will be the future of MATE development. As we can see from several MATE release, more and more MATE components are now being ported to GTK+3 only with a long term of fully supporting GTK+3. By removing old GTK+2 code, the developer can finally implement new features such as:
  • Wayland support
  • HiDPI support
  • Migrate libunique to GtkApplication
Please visit to get the latest binary packages of MATE 1.16 GTK+3 only. As usual, only x86_64 is provided at this moment because it can be used with AlienBOB's Slackware Live ISOs. You can always build the packages yourself by checking out GTK3 branch from our github repository.

Note that GTK+3 is still considered experimental, but the future of MATE will fully utilize GTK+3 so it's a good idea to test them early. By the time next Slackware release is available, i believe we are ready to fully use GTK+3 build.