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Ubuntu MATE

Last Update: 2019-04-18 23:57 UTC


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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 33 (303), 6 months: 34 (301), 3 months: 40 (260), 4 weeks: 50 (215), 1 week: 53 (206)

Average visitor rating: 9.13/10 from 198 review(s).


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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Download Mirrors https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-04-18: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 19.04
 • 2018-10-18: Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 18.10
 • 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
 • 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...

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  • 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.
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Feature 19.04
disco
18.10
cosmic
18.04
bionic
17.10
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10 14.04.2 Feature
Release Date 2019-04-18 2018-10-18 2018-04-26 2017-10-19 2017-04-13 2016-10-13 2016-04-21 2015-10-22 2015-04-23 2014-10-23 2015-03-23 Release Date
End Of Life 2020-01 2019-07 2021-04 2018-07 2018-01 2017-07 2019-04 2016-07 2016-01     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2000-2100 2000-2100 1900-2000 1707-1716 1614-1630   1560-1647         Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                       Asian Language Support
Full Package List 19.04 18.10 18.04 17.10 17.04 16.10 16.04 15.10 15.04 14.10 14.04.2 Full Package List
Package 19.04
disco
18.10
cosmic
18.04
bionic
17.10
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10 14.04.2 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.6 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4.18 4.4.18 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.2)
chromium (75.0.3770.142) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (75.0.3770.142)
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.10 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.0 2.1.3 2.1.0 2.0.2 1.7.5 1.7.2 cups (2.2.11)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.4 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.6 1.44.4 1.43.9 1.43.5 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.42.9 e2fsprogs (1.45.3)
firefox (68.0.1) 66.0.3 63.0 59.0.2 56.0 52.0.1 49.0 45.0.2 41.0.2 37.0 33.0 36.0.4 firefox (68.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.1.0) 8.3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (9.1.0)
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.28 2.27 2.26 2.24 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.21 2.19 2.19 glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.2)
gnucash (3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.6)
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.10) -- 3.24.1 3.22.30 3.22.24 3.22.11 3.20.9 2.24.30 2.24.28 2.24.27 2.24.25 2.24.27 gtk (3.24.10)
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.39)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (19.04.3)
kmod (26) 25 25 24 24 22 22 22 21 18 18 15 kmod (26)
krita (4.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.3)
libreoffice (6.2.5) 6.2.2 6.1.2 6.0.3 5.4.1 5.3.1 5.2.2 5.1.2 5.0.2 4.4.2 4.3.2 4.4.1rc2 libreoffice (6.2.5)
linux (5.2.1) 5.0.0 4.18 4.15 4.13 4.10 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.19 3.16 3.16 linux (5.2.1)
Package 19.04
disco
18.10
cosmic
18.04
bionic
17.10
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10 14.04.2 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.6)
mate-desktop (1.22.1) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.20.1 1.18.0 1.18.0 1.16.0 1.12.1 1.10.2 1.8.2 1.8.1 1.8.2 mate-desktop (1.22.1)
mesa (19.1.2) 19.0.2 18.2.2 18.0.0rc5 17.2.2 17.0.3 12.0.3 11.2.0 11.0.2 10.5.2 10.3.0 10.1.3 mesa (19.1.2)
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.16)
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.32.1)
NVIDIA (430.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (430.34)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- 8u102 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.7p1 7.6p1 7.5p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.2p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1b 1.1.1 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2d 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1f openssl (1.1.1c)
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.26.1 5.26.0 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.20.1 5.18.2 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.7)
plasma-desktop (5.16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.16.3)
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- -- -- -- 3.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.6)
postgresql (11.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.4)
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.16 2.7.15 2.7.15rc1 2.7.14 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.8 2.7.5 Python (3.7.4)
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.2 5.11.1 5.9.5 5.9.1 5.7.1 5.6.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.5 qt (5.13.0)
samba (4.10.6) 4.10.0 4.8.4 4.7.6 4.6.7 4.5.4 4.4.5 4.3.8 4.1.17 4.1.13 4.1.11 4.1.6 samba (4.10.6)
systemd (242) 240 239 237 234 232 231 229 225 219 208 204 systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.8.0) 60.6.1 60.2.1 52.7.0 52.4.0 45.7.0 45.3.0 38.6.0 38.3.0 31.5.0 31.2.0 31.5.0 thunderbird (60.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.7.1) 3.0.6 3.0.4 3.0.1 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.2.0 -- 2.1.4 vlc (3.0.7.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.5)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.4 1.20.1 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.19.3 1.18.4 1.18.3 1.17.2 1.17.1 1.16.0 1.15.1 xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 18.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-19
Votes: 2


I've just installed Ubuntu Mate 18.04 LTS on a six-year old Lenovo Desktop Windows 7 machine, purely to free myself once and for all from the Windows operating system. I was truly surprised at how easy it was to install and that everything, including my hardware, worked from the get-go. Installing programs was also super-easy. I've now been using Mate daily for the past month and so far, no regrets at all about switching to Linux.

THANK YOU Ubuntu Mate team for your great, solid, work.


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Version: 18.04
Rating: 2
Date: 2019-07-05
Votes: 0


I have to take back the positive things I said earlier, this distro doesn't even work as a simple terminal emulator; the text cursor disappears between sleep-wake cycles making me reach for a Macbook in the next room instead.

A linux distro without a solid terminal experience is not acceptable. Disappointing.


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Version: 19.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-07-01
Votes: 4


Win10 finally got so buggy I gave up and decided to wipe the disk and go with a major linux distro as my primary (only) OS. I rated Ubuntu Mate a 9 because it installed without a single problem and set up our wifi printer without being asked. This distro came highly recommended, and I really wanted to try the MATE desktop. The login screen and menu system seemed very functional and generally intuitive. Tried several themes and was quickly able to find one that I liked. Everything was great except my HP Folio screen would not wake up from sleep. I tried every screensaver setting, turned screensaver off, looked for anything in bios that might cause it to go into sleep mode. I could not prevent the computer screen from going to sleep when idle, and when it did there was no way to get the screen back other than reboot the computer. This computer has been used with win10 and several other linux operating systems. None have had this problem. If it wasn't for this one issue I'd certainly be using this as my preferred operating system.


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