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How to Get All the Features from Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1 in Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1 (Xenial Xerus) was just release, and users have noticed that it comes with a lot of new and interesting stuff. You can now get all of those goodies in your Ubuntu MATE 15.10 right now.

This has to be to something that hasn’t been done until now or, at least, I haven’t seen anything like it. The leader of the Ubuntu MATE project, Martin Wimpress, just revealed that there is a PPA available that allows Ubuntu MATE 15.10 users to get all the changes that have landed in the latest Alpha.

It’s a really interesting to see this kind of option for Ubuntu MATE users and it’s something that I would love to see for other distros as well. This is very different from forcing an upgrade to the latest Ubuntu MATE 16.04 version, which can’t be reversed.

In order to get the new package, you will have to add a PPA to the operating system, which can be done very easy. All you need to do is to open a terminal and enter the following commands:

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/wily-mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

As you can imagine, this shouldn’t be attempted with a productions machine. It can be reversed, also from the terminal:

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sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/wily-mate

Make sure to reboot each time. Enjoy!

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