Linux: MATE DE 1.24 is out, check out the changes

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MATE 1.24 released, here are the key changes

After about a year of development, a new version of the popular MATE desktop environment for Linux is out. This release contains plenty of changes and improvements.

MATE is a direct port of Gnome 2.32, which is now updated to use GTK3 instead of GTK2. The team behind the project constantly improves the DE and follows modern tech standards.

What’s new in MATE 1.24

  • Now you can easily set which applications to show on startup in the Startup Applications settings pane.
  • Engrampa now has support for a handful of extra formats, such as rpm, udeb and Zstandard, as well as fixed support for passwords and unicode characters in some of them.
  • Eye of MATE now has support for Wayland and has got support for embedded color profiles.
    • The thumbnail generation has been reworked and fixed in several places.
    • Added support for webp files.
  • The window manager, marco, has gotten quite a few changes:
    • A set of new nostalgic window decorations: Atlanta, Esco, Gorilla, Motif, and Raleigh.
    • Invisible resize borders to easily find a border to grab a window 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.
  • The network manager applet icons in our own themes have been entirely redesigned and can now be enjoyed on HiDPI displays.
  • 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, which are fixed now.
    • Support for Wayland compatibility has improved considerably.
    • Status icons (system tray) have support for HiDPI displays.
    • The Wanda the Fish applet got a make-over and now you can enjoy it in full HiDPI glory.
    • The window list applet now supports window thumbnails on hover.
    • Various accessibility improvements throughout the panel and its core applets.
  • Support for elogind to both the MATE Screensaver and the MATE Session.
  • A 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.

Check out the complete change log here.

The various components of MATE Desktop 1.20 are available for download here:

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