As MATE 1.18 release is getting closer, it's a good idea to have all the development changes merged into master so that users can easily build and test the latest snapshots. That's the reason why i just merged all the changes in the 1.17-prep branch into master branch. That branch previously contains all the changes for next MATE 1.18 release.
In short, there are some changes in the upcoming MATE 1.18 release:
- 6 new packages added: gtksourceview3, glade, libunique3, libpeas, mate-calc, and caja-actions
- 3 packages removed: galculator, gtksourceview, pygtksourceview
- It's all GTK+3 build, no more GTK+2/3 mix build
- HELP files are now provided, but yelp will not be included. Users might want to install yelp via SBo project or via testing directory.
While the developers haven't decided the final schedule, but i believe it should be this March as they are targeting for next Ubuntu-mate release: 17.04.
I have been using this development snapshot for some time and i didn't have many major problem, although there are some annoying glitches. They mostly comes from upstream bugs.
Please go and test MATE 1.17 before the final release of MATE 1.18.