Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Review @ Freedom Penguin

This article makes Ubuntu MATE sound awesome. Check out the intro quote below.

I'm trying it out on my laptop and so far I'm pleased with the install and the configuration which was super user-friendly. Even novices can install this distribution and be up and running in no time at all.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 is the first Long-Term Support release for an upstart project that is quietly revolutionizing the Linux desktop experience by combining proven technology with cutting-edge innovation. It promises to provide both new and experienced Linux users with a dynamic, yet solid desktop operating system that will keep pace with the ever-changing trends in open source computing. I have been using it since it went into Beta. I first installed it in a virtual machine but realized quickly that I wanted this on hardware and I have adopted it as my main Linux distribution for all of my machines. Yes, it’s that good, and in this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Ubuntu MATE and find out why it may just be the best thing to happen to Ubuntu since Ubuntu was introduced in 2004.

Have you tried it? Sound off in the comments below.

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mfox's picture

Article is well-done, and nicely points out some new features I didn't even know that Mate has. I have Mate 14.04 running in a virtual machine, and I do think it's well done. Also, one can now install the Mate desktop on top of vanilla Ubuntu without the two interfering with one-another. The only reason I haven't adopted it is because I'm now used to the new desktop paradigm in Unity and Gnome 3. They do run slower and take up more resources, but they work very well once you get used to them. But given a choice between Linux Mint and Ubuntu Mate, I would choose the latter. Incidentally, the Numix icons work well with Mate as they do with Unity/Gnome 3.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

Appreciate your comment. I'm using it right now. There are a couple of things in Ubuntu MATE that I don't think you get from just installing MATE on top of Ubuntu (as far as I know), like the Software Boutique and the after-install configuration wizard. I like that they have Chrome and Spotify in there, too.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox's picture

Chrome or Chromium?

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

I meant Chrome, though obviously Chromium is available, too.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

buster's picture

After reading the article put it in virtual. What a lovely simple system! As good as Linux-Lite and probably as quick. Smooth, straightforward, pleasant. Long term release in 7 days! And as the articles notes, the software will be updated over the years. That's huge.

If enough are interested, we could start a thread in the regular forums about it.

Free free to start a Forum topic if you like. But not sure if more will post than already has in these comments.

I wanted to try it as I will probably be buying Mike's Toshiba laptop soon and I'm probably going to give away my old laptop to a barely computer-literate person. Because I'm worried about viruses and other malware and don't want to be cleaning off her system every other week, I want to just have Linux on it and I want something easy that runs well on old hardware. Ubuntu Mate seems to fit the bill and with the 16.04 release, I won't have to upgrade her for many years - just show her how to do updates.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

buster's picture

Did an update on my system and as far as I can tell, I now have the 10.04 Mate LTS , and no sigh it's a beta! The welcome screen says the release is today. A few more days might be necessary to avoid bugs, but it looks solid to me. And the updates, quite a few, were pretty quick.

Beautiful system.

I'm guessing you meant 16.04. I thought it was the final edition on the website but I'm in no hurry. I'll wait a few days to do it.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

buster's picture

16.04 yes. And this is the stable release.