Ubuntu MATE 17.10, the distro that keeps getting better! – Linux distro review

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“Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and old…


  1. I tried Mate recently but couldn't find out how to customize more than a few keyboard shortcuts. CMD+w to close windows and others for example. If changing something that simple is so hard, what else is going to be a pain? Seems easier to just customize kubuntu (although if anybody knows how to do the shortcuts, I'm all ears- google doesn't know)

  2. I used 16.04 MATE for a month or two–but then the tower that I was using as a theater system broke down, and I had to replace it with my MATE machine and go back to using my old laptop, which had Kubuntu at the time and now has Mint 18 KDE.

    KDE and MATE are both very nice. I like MATE for it's simplicity and clean looks, and KDE for its familiar Windows-like look and feel combined with the freedom of Linux.

    Unity and Gnome 3 absolutely terrify me.

  3. i have been using the standard Ubuntu distro for a while, but as of 17.10 i m really starting to enjoy the straightforward yet more transparent approach of Mate.
    extra panes in caja, fast access menues, leaning towards KDE, relatively light weight, tilda integration(which is kinda anticlimactic in 17.10)
    I had Mate run in my virtual environment during the last year on an ubuntu lts
    i m about to make that switcheroo

  4. Want to be able to have the same ( regular screen ..not full screen) space as IE11 in Firefox? Sylish addon = happy camper.

    Update 9-19-17 –v

    Currently I have my Open tabs on the same bar/area as my addons ( using Stylish addon)
    The only other bar/area under it has my url bar ( set to 400 pixels max and 100 minimum) and all of my bookmarks as well as the " open menu" stock button/hamburger menu on the far right of it.

    Very clean ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. The biggest thing holding me back from a move from Unity to Mate is windows title bars, especially in Firefox when it's full-screen. So much screen space is wasted, and it's so ugly. If anyone has a solution for this, I'm moving to Mate.

  6. When Crunchbang left, I found Xubuntu and committed for years. Xubuntu was good to me. A few issues here and there, but nothing we couldn't overcome. Then, Ubuntu MATE showed up one day… Friendly at first, then flirty, then we took it too far. Xubuntu couldn't understand, served me my papers, and I've been shacked up with MATE ever since.

  7. My top five distros for overall use:
    1. Ubuntu MATE ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2. Solus – It's pretty intresting,
    3. Linux Mint – Great for new users,
    4. Sparky Linux – Debian, but a lot simpler. Defintely underrated,
    5. Manjaro – It's pretty sweet!

    What do you think, Chris? Now, I am not a regular distro reviewer nor have I tried all 1000 Linux distrobution avaliable, but I have tried a few (including all on this list) and, currently, these are my favourites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wow, UIbuntu MATE is really a fantastic distro, it seems! I used it once, for a couple of months, and I will most likely revisit it in the soon future. When the next LTS release comes about, I'm sure that I'll switch to MATE. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the video, Chris Were!

  9. You're right – it took remarkable restraint not to make all the new work the default. I definitely think they made the right decision though, and it doesn't detract at all from the terrific ability to select different 'DE's. I personally like the two panel layout, but I'm curious about switching to a universal menu and also I love the idea of the HUD.

  10. I went to Xubuntu a while ago in order to avoid unity. Is Mate fairly easy to theme? I agree with Chris, I don't like the green, but I don't want to spend ages hacking xml (or whatever) in order to change colours or icons or anything else I just want to tweak/theme. Comments?

  11. I really like what Ubuntu MATE is doing recently. I'm not using it at this moment (my distro-of-the-week is currently Xubuntu), but I'm still interested in it with all the new things they're adding in new versions. It kind of reminds me of the days when I first started using Ubuntu and Unity was still new, reading blog posts and seeing all the new things that got added in each release.
    Another feature I would like to see added (if it hasn't been already) is an option to combine the titlebar with the panel in a way similar to Unity. Along with the HUD and global menu, that was one of my favorite features with Unity.

  12. Another green theming !!!!! I love green theming !!! When talking about Ubuntu Mate, it is always "can't praise highly enough" !!! 10 out of 10, every freakin' time !! Martin and his team are the champs !! Although I left using it regularly couple of years ago, I still use it from time to time. And it still manages to thrill me by its simplicity and perfect execution of tasks !! Really cannot praise highly enough…..

  13. Looking forward to Lubuntu 17.10 QT (LXQT) they are splitting the two and it seems LXDE won't be ported to GTK3 (no surprise) and hopefully it will be dropped. There are plenty of good GTK DEs like MATE which is good, I like GTK but a Qt build would be interesting I tend to keep it simple with libs and stick with either one or the other so I want to use LXQT on another PC.

    The Ubuntu MATE guys have really stepped up their game and I would have to say I would recommend a ubuntu flavour over mint to a newbie, it's looking real good and keeps getting better.

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