[Stable Update] 2020-02-16 - Mate 1.24

Hello community,

here is another Stable Update.

After about a year of development, the MATE Desktop team have finally released MATE 1.24. A big thank you to all contributors who helped to make this happen.

This release contains plenty of new features, bug-fixes, and general improvements. Some of the most important highlights include:

  • We did it again, the MATE desktop environment is easier to use than before, once the user starts the session. Do you want to hide applications startup? Now you can set which applications to show on startup.
  • Engrampa now has support for a handful of extra formats, as well as fixed support for passwords and unicode characters in some of them.
  • Eye of MATE now has support for Wayland and we’ve added support for embedded color profiles.
    • The thumbnail generation has been reworked and fixed in several places.
    • Added support for webp files.
  • Our window manager, marco, has gotten quite a few changes:
    • We’ve brought a bunch of window decorations from the past to feed your nostalgia.
    • Finally added invisible resize borders. No more struggling to find a border to grab with your mouse!
    • All window controls (you know, the min, max, close buttons) are now rendered in HiDPI.
    • The Alt+Tab and Workspace Switcher popups have been entirely reworked. Now they render in beautiful OSD style, are more configurable, and can respond to keyboard arrows.
    • Tiling windows with the keyboard now allows you to cycle through different window sizes. You no longer need to feel constrained by only half of your screen.
  • The System Monitor panel applet now has support for NVMe drives.
  • Calculator now supports using either “pi” or “π”.
    • Scientific notation has been improved.
    • Some fixes for supporting pre-defined physical constants.
  • The Control Center now displays its icons correctly on HiDPI displays.
  • A brand new Time And Date Manager app has been added.
  • The Mouse app now supports acceleration profiles.
  • The Preferred Applications app has been improved for accessibility, as well as better support for integration with IM clients.
  • The Indicator Applet has slightly better interaction with oddly-sized icons.
  • Speaking of icons, the network manager applet icons in our own themes have been entirely redesigned and can now be enjoyed on HiDPI displays.
  • If you’re the type of person that does not like to be disturbed when busy, or giving a presentation, or watching a movie, you’ll be happy to know that the notification daemon now supports a Do-Not-Disturb mode.
  • The MATE Panel had several bugs that caused crashes in the past when changing layouts. Those are now fixed!
    • Support for Wayland compatibility has improved considerably.
    • Status icons (a.k.a. notification area, or system tray) have support for HiDPI displays.
    • Wanda the Fish got a make-over and now you can enjoy her in full HiDPI glory.
    • The window list applet now supports window thumbnails on hover.
    • Various accessibility improvements throughout the panel and its core applets.
  • If your system doesn’t, uh, support systemd you might be interested in knowing that we’ve added support for elogind to both the MATE Screensaver and the MATE Session.
  • We’ve also added a brand new MATE Disk Image Mounter utility.
  • Mozo, the menu editor, now supports Undo and Redo actions.
  • Pluma plugins have now fully switched to Python 3.
  • Pluma no longer has to envy anything from other complex editors, since it can now show the formatting marks.
  • i18n: All applications have been migrated from intltools to gettext.

If you like following latest Plasma development you may also like to check out our current version of manjaro-kde-dev, which we build on a regular basis against kde-git master packages. Also check out our current 19.0-rc2 ISOs and give us the needed feedback. You might also want to give our latest spin with NX-Desktop a try ...

As always we appreciate your input and feedback for the updates.


Upstream notice

Arch updated their default compression to zstd. We adopted to the same standard. More and more packages will have the zst extension from now on. If you get for what ever reason an error with ZSTD not supported as archive format you can do this:

wget https://pkgbuild.com/~eschwartz/repo/x86_64-extracted/pacman-static
chmod +x pacman-static
sudo ./pacman-static -Syyu

Our current supported kernels

  • linux316 3.16.81
  • linux44 4.4.213
  • linux49 4.9.213
  • linux414 4.14.170
  • linux419 4.19.102
  • linux53 5.3.18 [EOL]
  • linux54 5.4.18
  • linux55 5.5.2
  • linux419-rt 4.19.94_rt39
  • linux54-rt 5.4.10_rt5

Package Changes (Sat Feb 15 20:19:45 CET 2020)

  • stable community x86_64: 39 new and 0 removed package(s)

A detailed list of all packages changes can be found here

  • No issue, everything went smoothly
  • Yes there was an issue. I was able to resolve it myself.(Please post your solution)
  • Yes i am currently experiencing an issue due to the update. (Please post about it)

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Known issues and solutions

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(2020-02-14) Can't boot into a graphical session anymore

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this error may have caused.

Even if your graphical session is broken, you should still be able to access a TTY session with CTRL+ALT+F3 (and other similar key combinations), where you can then run sudo pacman -Syyu.


Older issues

several flatpaks have issues to get a secure connection

This is a known bug and related to p11-kit update to 0.23.19. With 0.23.20-1 that issue is fixed. Please update to that version as soon our mirrors synced.

wpa_supplicant update broke Wifi for Broadcom

By enabling new features in revision 4 of v2.9 by Arch a connection with a Broadcom Wifi card was not possible anymore. This is a known bug. Either try to downgrade to revision 3 or upgrade to revision 5.

sudo pacman -U https://archive.archlinux.org/packages/w/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-2%3A2.9-3-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
sudo pacman -U https://archive.archlinux.org/packages/w/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-2%3A2.9-5-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst

(From Arch Linux) rsync compatibility

(2020-01-15, by Christian Hesse)
(This is relevant on Manjaro, as Manjaro imports rsync package directly from Arch Linux.)

Our rsync package was shipped with bundled zlib to provide compatibility with the old-style --compress option up to version 3.1.0. Version 3.1.1 was released on 2014-06-22 and is shipped by all major distributions now.

So we decided to finally drop the bundled library and ship a package with system zlib . This also fixes security issues, actual ones and in future. Go and blame those running old versions if you encounter errors with rsync 3.1.3-3 .

Source: https://www.archlinux.org/news/rsync-compatibility/

Weird font glitches (see screenshots below).

If you have weird glitches like below...

Screenshots


string3
strings%20mismatch

... have you tried turning it off and on again?

More seriously, so far, people that reported to have such issue noticed that the problem goes away at next boot.


Installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency of a package

If you run into an issue because of xorgproto please DON'T follow the Arch suggestion as Manjaro uses the xorgproto-transfer package to make this automatic. If you have an issue, please report and wait for an update from us!

AUR Rebuilds required after updating python 3.7 to 3.8

Packages that depend on python from the AUR will need to be rebuilt after everything else has been updated. You can rebuild some of them with the following:

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm expac yay
yay -S --rebuildtree $(pacman -Qmq $(expac %N python))

You can find other packages that need to be rebuilt by looking at the folders/files in

/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/

To find out what package owns a folder/file in that, you can use the following:

pacman -Qo folder_or_filename

If no package owns a file, it can probably be ignored.


System Settings and kinfocenter crash when entering Night Color settings randomly

Remove entire [NightColor] section of ~/.config/kwinrc
No solution yet ─ please edit as soon as a workaround is found.

xfce4-power-manager does not open / upower fails

Install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with upower 0.99.11-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.


xfce4-terminal / guake / gnome-terminal does not open

Update to vte3 0.58.2-1 or install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with vte3 0.58.1-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.


Replace linux52 with community/linux-latest ?

linux52 is EOL and has been removed from the repositories. It will be replaced by a metapackage which will from now on keep you on a maintained kernel.

If you want to keep the old kernel and modules then include them in your pacman.conf's IgnorePkg.


Pamac-Qt is not compatible to 9.0 API of Pamac

Pamac Qt 0.3 pre-RC: Towards the release, needs help in testing


gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons

the pkgver 19.10.1 ship with an hook to remove the capability from gnome-shell. A message is present during install but essentially you need to reboot the system to show correctly the icons in the desktop. More info here

all is clear on very old macpro 2008

Is a MATE Wayland session possible or planned for a future release?

Mate Wayland port is far from being finished. You'll have to wait until 1.26/1.28 to get something really working.

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This looks pretty interesting, but does Mate 1.24 have the CSD bug fixed? I remember that doing certain things with windows can create dummy decorations if they use CSDs. Also I've noticed some theme issues in Mate, usually to do with icons and padding on windows. Has this improved?

On the topic of desktop environments, is there a reason why some of these XFCE packages aren't included in the Manjaro repos while most other distributions have them?

Because Arch doesn't.

See the tooltip for the #manjaro-development:package-request category:

Request the addition of a package to the Manjaro repos here. Be aware: unless there’s an obvious need (or e.g. the package is unique) the answer will probably be “no”, and especially so if it’s already in the AUR.

Adding extra packages to the Manjaro repo is extra work for the Manjaro developers. It's possible none of them use those packages; therefore they would be a bit out of the way to maintain. However, the request has been made, so we shall see.

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I forgot to add some infos about wayland support (currently mate-panel and EOM):

 Eye of MATE now has support for Wayland and we’ve added support for embedded color profiles.

  * The thumbnail generation has been reworked and fixed in several places.
   * Added support for webp files.

And related to mate-panel:

The **MATE Panel** had several bugs that caused crashes in the past when changing layouts. Those are now fixed!

* Support for [Wayland](https://wayland.freedesktop.org/) compatibility has improved considerably.
* Status icons (a.k.a. **notification area** , or **system tray** ) have support for HiDPI displays.
* **Wanda the Fish** got a make-over and now you can enjoy her in full HiDPI glory.
* The **window list** applet now supports window thumbnails on hover.
* Various accessibility improvements throughout the panel and its core applets.

We are far away from a 100% wayland compatible code.

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