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Added support for systemd-logind in mate-session-manager, mate-screensaver and mate-power-manager (now you can reboot/shutdown without ConsoleKit)
Caja (file manager) improvements:
Improved places sidebar
Added support for new thumbnailers specification
Added a new frame for thumbnails
Wallpapers are now cached for a better memory management
New connect server dialog from Nautilus 3
Added support for freedesktop.org File Manager DBus Interface
Fixed back vs parent directory selection
Added –run-dialog option to open the run dialog window
Window list: you can use the mouse middle click button to close a window
Workspace switcher: Added an option to wrap around between workspaces with the mouse wheel
Added a simple way for distributions to override the default panel layout
Unfortunately, due to migration to GSettings, you will lose your current panel layout. All other settings will be migrated if you have MateConf 1.4 installed.
Marco (window manager) improvements:
Added option to open new windows on the center of the screen
Control center improvements:
Added option to enable Marco compositing manager and fast alt-tab in window preferences
Set GSettings/GConf metacity theme if compiz or metacity are running
Use same GNOME proxy settings of gsettings-desktop-schemas package
Default applications: allow to set default terminal
Added buttons to support inverse trigonomic functions
Notification daemon improvements:
Added option to specify which screen to display notifications on
Show always a notification if it has ‘expires never’ as timeout (also if screensaver is active or there are active fullscreen windows)
New GTK2/3 themes (Menta, BlackMATE, GreenLaguna, TraditionalGreen)
Added GTK3 support for other GTK2 themes (TraditionalOk, TraditionalOkTest, ContrastHigh)
Icon theme improvements:
New theme with green folders (Menta)
Enabled text preview for text files
Added some new icons
Settings daemon improvements:
Added support for MPRIS2 to send media keys to media players
Added option to draw the background if caja is not active
The daemon is now restarted by mate-session if it crashes
Caja open terminal extension improvements:
Support opening a remote terminal
Netbook applet improvements:
Enable maximus only when window picker applet is added to the panel
Replaced MateConf with GSettings
Replaced MateCorba/MateComponent with DBus
Replaced MateVfs with GIO/GVFS
Replaced libmatenotify with libnotify
Removed deprecated packages: libmateui, libmatecanvas, libmatecomponentui
Removed libmate (mate-open replaced with gvfs-open, GSettings schemas moved to mate-desktop package
Fixed a lot of code deprecations
Fixed a lot of bugs
Added and improved a lot of translations
Yes, it works fine without PAM stuffs, but you will not be able to use the lock desktop feature
if you are on a clean environment, you probably don't need to add --sync in Caja, but when you have KDE/XFCE installed, then probably the environment has been pollutted and --sync is required
Since it's safe to include --sync without any risk, we add it for general usage
Currently building the desktop at home. Trying to see if that nvidia problem still exists (using two separate screens instead of xinerama). Already built on my current64 virtual machine and it is working great so far.