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Ubuntu MATE

Last Update: 2017-10-19 13:26 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.

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Average visitor rating: 9.45/10 from 96 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 LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/tips-tutorials-and-guides-index/14519
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://ubuntu-mate.org/utopic/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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...

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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 "kdelibs" and "plasma-desktop" packages 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 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 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 2018-07 2018-01 2017-07 2019-04 2016-07 2016-01     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1707-1716 1614-1630   1560-1647         Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop 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 DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture 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 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 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                 Asian Language Support
Full Package List 17.10 17.04 16.10 16.04 15.10 15.04 14.10 14.04.2 Full Package List
Package 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 (1.1.5) 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 (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2-P1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2-P1)
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.132)
cups (2.2.6) 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 (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) 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 (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 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 (1.43.8)
firefox (58.0) 56.0 52.0.1 49.0 45.0.2 41.0.2 37.0 33.0 36.0.4 firefox (58.0)
freetype (2.9) 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.24 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.21 2.19 2.19 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.38)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26) 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+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.12.1)
kmod (25) 24 22 22 22 21 18 18 15 kmod (25)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.4) 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 (5.4.4)
linux (4.14.14) 4.13 4.10 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.19 3.16 3.16 linux (4.14.14)
Package 17.10
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10 14.04.2 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.12)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 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 (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.3) 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 (17.3.3)
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) -- -- 8u102 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.2p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (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 (1.1.0g)
perl (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 (5.26.1)
php (7.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.1)
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.5)
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- 3.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.4) 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 (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.0) 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 (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.4) 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 (4.7.4)
systemd (236) 234 232 231 229 225 219 208 204 systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.2) 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 (52.5.2)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.2.0 -- 2.1.4 vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (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 (1.19.6)

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Version: 17.04
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-01-22
Votes: 1


Its a good to see Gnome 2 still running, albeit under a new name, but it is also really shows its age when compared with KDE or Gnome 3. It does feel 'old', but if old is what you like then this is probably the perfect fit.

For me, its too old school, and I find I prefer the new KDE plasma and Gnome 3 desktops to step back in time to Gnome 2 days.



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Version: 17.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-22
Votes: 0


I liked it quite a bit, and will probably use the Mate desktop as a base for 18.04 installs when it at least gets to beta. I don't mind having shortcuts to the same program in multiple places, I'd rather have a little repetition than have to hunt and peck for a program that could logically be in one of multiple categories.

My biggest personal issue with the release was that when I customized one of the Tweak desktop and tried to save it to a custom name it didn't seem to work very well. And when I reverted to one of the other desktop layouts I lost the application shortcuts I had made & preferences I had changed. Also changing monitor sizes often changed where my icons were located on the panel and I had to spend some time cleaning things up. Not so much a problem except for compulsive customizers who frequently change things around, but I found it vexing.


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Version: 17.10
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-22
Votes: 0


The only distribution that I keep coming back to! I've been with this project from the very first "unofficial" release.

I recommend this OS to Linux newcommers as it is very easy to rearrange the environment to match certain other OSs with their built-in MATE tweak tool. Their Welcome tool and Software Boutique are really nice for first-time users.

While not the fastest distribution out there (MATE is based on GNOME 2 which wasn't known for being lightweight) it offers the most complete experience with a reasonable footprint.

It's apparent that the developers put a lot of hard work into Ubuntu MATE. Some other Linux distributions barely seem to change between versions, but each new release of this distro bring new, exciting changes.


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