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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
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
Related Websites  
Reviews 18.04: DistroWatchDedoimedo
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
  • Select view: Major packages only (52) All tracked packages (226)
  • 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 (18.30) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4.18 4.4 4.4
bind (9.13.3) -- -- --
chromium (69.0.3497.100) -- -- --
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 (1.44.4) 1.43.9 1.43.5 1.43.4
firefox (62.0) 59.0.2 56.0 52.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.8 2.6.3
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.6) -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.27 2.26 2.24
gnome-shell (3.30.0) -- -- --
gnucash (3.2) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.30 3.22.24 3.22.11
httpd (2.4.34) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.08.1) -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 24 22
krita (4.1.1) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.1) 6.0.3 5.4.1 5.3.1
linux (4.18.9) 4.15 4.13 4.10
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.9) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.1 1.18.0 1.18.0
mesa (18.2.0) 18.0.0rc5 17.2.2 17.0.3
mysql (8.0.12) -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (396.54) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- --
openssh (7.8p1) 7.6p1 7.5p1 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.1 5.26.0 5.24.1
php (7.2.10) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.5) -- -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.15rc1 2.7.14 2.7.13
qt (5.11.2) 5.9.5 5.9.1 5.7.1
samba (4.9.0) 4.7.6 4.6.7 4.5.4
systemd (239) 237 234 232
thunderbird (60.0) 52.7.0 52.4.0 45.7.0
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.1 2.2.6 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.1) 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.19.3

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Version: 18.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-27
Votes: 10


I read all 152 reviews. I encountered all the positives and none of the performance negatives. My best guess is that the problems have to be hardware vendor related. If these problems were programming related, then I would have encountered them. It works for me. All my computers are main stream vendor hardware. Thank you so much for a full featured distribution that is easy on cpu and battery.


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Version: 18.04
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-08-26
Votes: 1


I am user of Ubuntu since version 12 and MSFT systems since DOS 3

Burned Mate to USB stick to reclaim old Dell Box with Win XP last upgrade

Mate worked well first trial and needed no Learning time

Pro - VLC included

Con - default software download catalog limited



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Version: 18.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-22
Votes: 11


Mate is lightweight, configurable and does a good job of recognizing hardware on install. The Software Boutique is useful to find recommended software that installs easily, and it's easy to install the Ubuntu package manager to access more software.

I tested Ubuntu, Mate, Mint and Element OS on old Dell and Toshiba laptops. Mint and Element both had trouble recognizing the network drivers on installation for both of the older laptops and as a result had significant problems after installation, as something went wrong installing only from the USB key images. In Element, installing the proprietary drivers required extensive command line work. Mint was able to install them via a gui.

Mint, Element and Ubuntu all had noticeable graphics delays on the older hardware, while Mate ran smoothly on everything tested. Unlike Mint and Element, Ubuntu installed fine, found the networking hardware, but had noticeable delays playing video or moving windows in the window manager. Mate has had none of the same concerns.


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