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DistroWatch.com: Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE

Last Update: 2017-04-13 05:54 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: 17 (544), 6 months: 21 (483), 3 months: 22 (504), 4 weeks: 21 (527), 1 week: 29 (434)

Average visitor rating: 9.3/10 from 23 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 --
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://ubuntu-mate.org/utopic/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
Related Websites  
Reviews 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:
 • 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:
 •2016-06-09 Ubuntu MATE gets MATE 1.14
 •2016-05-25 Ubuntu MATE progress report
 • More Ubuntu MATE headlines...

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  • 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 17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10 14.04.2 Feature
Release Date 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 2018-01 2017-07 2019-04 2016-07 2016-01     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE MATE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, 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
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 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support               Asian Language Support
Full Package List 17.04 16.10 16.04 15.10 15.04 14.10 14.04.2 Full Package List
Package 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 (1.1.3) 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.81)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.2 2.2.0 2.1.3 2.1.0 2.0.2 1.7.5 1.7.2 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (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 (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.42.9 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0) 52.0.1 49.0 45.0.2 41.0.2 37.0 33.0 36.0.4 firefox (53.0)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.21 2.19 2.19 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.1)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.00) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 grub (2.00)
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.22.11 3.20.9 2.24.30 2.24.28 2.24.27 2.24.25 2.24.27 gtk+ (3.22.12)
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.0)
kmod (24) 22 22 22 21 18 18 15 kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.3.1 5.2.2 5.1.2 5.0.2 4.4.2 4.3.2 4.4.1rc2 libreoffice (5.3.2)
linux (4.10.12) 4.10 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.19 3.16 3.16 linux (4.10.12)
Package 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 (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (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 (17.0.4) 17.0.3 12.0.3 11.2.0 11.0.2 10.5.2 10.3.0 10.1.3 mesa (17.0.4)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.0)
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) -- 8u102 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.2p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2d 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1f openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.20.1 5.18.2 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.4)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) -- 3.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.8 2.7.5 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.1 5.6.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.5 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.3) 4.5.4 4.4.5 4.3.8 4.1.17 4.1.13 4.1.11 4.1.6 samba (4.6.3)
systemd (233) 232 231 229 225 219 208 204 systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.0.1) 45.7.0 45.3.0 38.6.0 38.3.0 31.5.0 31.2.0 31.5.0 thunderbird (52.0.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.2.0 -- 2.1.4 vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.18.4 1.18.3 1.17.2 1.17.1 1.16.0 1.15.1 xorg-server (1.19.3)

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9.3
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Version: 16.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-22
Votes: 1


Stable and beautiful. Everything that I needed from Linux and much more. Surprisingly, gaming on this is quite simple and satysfying, I've already tried EVE online (works after 3 clicks with the unofficial launcher from EVE devs), Path of Exile (PlayonLinux), Diablo 3 (PlayonLinux), Witcher 1 and 2 (1 Playonlinux GOG version, 2 official linux distro), Divinity Original Sin (steam), Warhammer Total War (steam), Civilization 6 (steam)... still can't believie that all those games run so well on linux.


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Version: 16.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-20
Votes: 2


Fast, stable, and eminently customizable. I needed to hook-up an old computer after my primary desktop machine crashed in the middle of a major project. I installed Ubuntu MATE on a 10-year old AMD-powered box and was back in business in 20 minutes. Liked it so much I'm still using it as my daily ride. Excellent package all around. I prefer Ubuntu MATE even over my former flame, Mint/Cinnamon. There is no better option for old hardware. I haven't tried it (yet) but I suspect U-MATE would be phenomenal on a newer machine. In the wake of recent anniuncements, Canonical should strongly consider MATE as the standard Ubuntu version. It's just that good. Try it and prepare to be impressed.


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Version: 16.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-16
Votes: 1


Very configurable, but without being too heavy. Excellent as a Media Centre OS. Looks good too.


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