Thursday, September 22, 2016

MATE Desktop 1.16 Released

Roughly six months of development cycle has been completed and a new release of MATE Desktop 1.16 is finally published by the developers. This new version brings more MATE components to GTK+3 build only and focused on bringing better support for newer GTK+3, mainly 3.20 and 3.22 (which should be the final GTK+3 release).

Here are the headline changes in MATE 1.16 (detailed changes can be seen in MATE 1.16 announcement):
  • Improved GTK3+ support across the entire MATE Desktop.
  • Application and theme support for GTK+ 3.22.
  • More applications build against GTK3+ only:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Notification Daemon
    • MATE PolKit
    • MATE Session Manager
    • MATE Terminal
  • Some applications have been decoupled from libmate-desktop:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Applets
    • MATE Netbook
    • MATE Power Manager
    • MATE Terminal
    • Pluma
  • Work has started to port applications to GApplcation:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Applets
    • MATE Netbook
    • MATE User Share
  • Many bugs and deprecations are fixed.
  • Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!
GitHub and GitLab repository has been updated with the latest code and a new branch has been created (14.2-mate-1.16). From this branch, I have prepared the x86 and x86_64 binary packages compiled against Slackware 14.2 + latest patches and it's now available in the main repository ( You can use slackpkg+ to help you upgrading to this new version. Please note that there are THREE new packages introduced in this release, so make sure to run slackpkg install-new:
  • libgxps
  • vala
  • vte3
Since 1.16 has been released, current directory is now removed temporarily and i will prepare a new build for current soon. Related to our policy of supporting only latest Slackware/MATE release, 14.2-mate-1.14 will no longer be updated and we will only support the new 14.2-mate-1.16 branch. The MSB Website will be updated soon with a new screenshots from MATE 1.16 release.

We hope that you enjoy this latest release of the MATE desktop.  Please let
us know of any issues by posting in our Github repo or sending an email to


Chess Griffin
Willy Sudiarto Raharjo