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Ubuntu MATE is a desktop Linux distribution which aims to bring the simplicity and elegance of the Ubuntu operating system through a classic, traditional desktop environment - the MATE desktop. MATE is the continuation of the GNOME 2 desktop environment which was used as Ubuntu's default desktop until 10.10 (when it was replaced by Unity). The project began its life as an Ubuntu "remix", but starting with version 15.04, it was formally accepted as an official member of the Ubuntu family of Linux distributions.



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Ubuntu MATE Summary
Distribution Ubuntu MATE
Home Page https://ubuntu-mate.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://ubuntu-mate.community/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/tips-tutorials-and-guides-index/14519
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
Related Websites  
Reviews 18.04: Dedoimedo
17.10: DistroWatchLinuxAndUbuntu
17.04: DarkDuck
16.10: CMS Critic
16.04: DarkDuckDistroWatch
15.10: Dedoimedo
14.10: BlogspotDistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-04-27: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 18.04
 • 2017-10-19: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 17.10
 • 2017-07-28: Development Release: Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2
 • 2017-04-13: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 17.04
 • 2016-10-13: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.10
 • 2016-08-26: Development Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Beta 1
 • 2016-06-30: Development Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1
 • 2016-04-21: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.04
 • 2016-01-04: Development Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 1
 • 2015-10-22: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 15.10
 • 2015-04-24: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 15.04
 • 2015-03-24: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2
 • More Ubuntu MATE releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-10-10 Ubuntu MATE ships default snap
 •2017-07-28 Ubuntu MATE shows off HUD
 •2017-07-26 Picking a video player
 •2017-06-28 Software Boutique getting Snap support
 •2017-06-27 MATE considering using Mir
 •2016-06-09 Ubuntu MATE gets MATE 1.14
 •2016-05-25 Ubuntu MATE progress report
 • More Ubuntu MATE headlines...

Table Notes and Explanations
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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

Feature 18.04
bionic
17.10
artful
17.04
zesty
Release Date 2018-04-26 2017-10-19 2017-04-13
End Of Life 2021-04 2018-07 2018-01
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1900-2000 1707-1716 1614-1630
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop MATE MATE MATE
Package Management DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 18.04 17.10 17.04
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.3
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4.18 4.4 4.4
bind (9.13.1) -- -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.7 2.2.4 2.2.2
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.9 1.43.5 1.43.4
firefox (60.0.2) 59.0.2 56.0 52.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.8 2.6.3
gcc (8.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.27 2.26 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.30 3.22.24 3.22.11
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.2) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 24 22
krita (4.0.4) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.0.5) 6.0.3 5.4.1 5.3.1
linux (4.17.2) 4.15 4.13 4.10
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.1 1.18.0 1.18.0
mesa (18.1.2) 18.0.0rc5 17.2.2 17.0.3
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.6p1 7.5p1 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.1 5.26.0 5.24.1
php (7.2.7) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.15rc1 2.7.14 2.7.13
qt (5.11.1) 5.9.5 5.9.1 5.7.1
samba (4.8.2) 4.7.6 4.6.7 4.5.4
systemd (239) 237 234 232
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.7.0 52.4.0 45.7.0
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0
vlc (3.0.3) 3.0.1 2.2.6 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.19.3

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Version: 18.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-06-04
Votes: 2


I'm new to Linux and tired of Windows viruses, wanting a secure distro that has installed Firefox, Libre, encryption (without using the terminal) and updating I can understand. My laptop is a 5 year old HP with an A6 processor.

I installed and tried different desktops in Ubuntu, Manjaro and Mint trying free and proprietary drivers. Ubuntu MATE was the only distro that gave me all of those things working after installation and it was the only distro that found my Bluetooth which I don't have any plans to use.

I had trouble saving and naming some Adobe files and getting them into the correct folder. Drag and drop didn't work between folders the way I would do it in Windows. I haven't checked the wiki or community for any help with that yet.

I'll stick with Ubuntu MATE for a while. Good job community.




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Version: 18.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-04
Votes: 0


This is, AFAIC, the best distro I have seen in a decade. Introducing features that are extremely useful, including the Welcome window, which allows software installation, uniquely, and MATE Tweak, which gives a Windows, or Mac, or GNOME3 interface.

Unique, very well-supported, and the best distro for n00bs and old hands alike.

TRY it!


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Version: 16.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-06-01
Votes: 1


What can I say. I love the Mate desk top and OS. I find it logical and easy to use. I have now loaded it on three computers. Mine, my honeys and a small net book.

I would have given it a ten except for a few minor issues that are not causing any real problems.

On my computer the boot loader does a few odd things but the OS always comes up and works. Once in a while it will ask for me to sign in which I deselected on instillation because I do not need it here. It also always brings up an system error message when I boot up but everything seems to be working.

The only other issue is that on rare occasions it seems to have some problems seeing the 4 pen drive that I keep on the computer and on rare occasions will not always find them all when loading. With the old cable that I use to connect two of these this may not be the fault of the OS.

To be fair I am not easy on computers and run the ever loving s-t out of them. It has performed better than any other OS that I have used in a long time.





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