Let me ramble for a while about some Linuxy stuffz. In particular about the champion of the masses, Ubuntu MATE.
As you might know I’m not a fan of Ubuntu and derivatives thereof. Of course with the exception of Mint, which was and still is one of my fave Linux distros. But, regardless of the base distro I am a huuuge fangirl of the Mate desktop environment because it’s soooo insipid and stale and booooring.
Why do I like boring stuff? Because we’re talking about an Operating System here. There is absolutely no sexyness involved in stuff like an OS. According to me, what I want from an OS are two simple things: Firstly it must not brake any old paradigm or my workflow, and secondly it must get out of my way. Because, let’s be honest here, we’re not working in our OS. We’re working in our internet browsers and office suites, in graphical software, MP3 players, torrent downloaders and all that stuff. We use our file managers because we have to, not because we love it and made sorting files our new hobby.
So, for most of us, we don’t want a glitzy, shiny, loud desktop, we don’t want our hyperactive desktop to make cartwheels and shout out for attention every couple seconds; what we want is a drab, stable and safe working horse. Boring? Yes, I know. And I love it!
Ok, with that out of the way now, let’s talk about Ubuntu MATE. I already tested it in the past, no need to do it again. There were some changes made to the system, and all for the better. Nothing world moving, paradigm changing, nothing revolutionary. Totally following Orca’s desktop argument, which is cool.
And since I’m not a fan of the stupid Ubuntu standard distro I’ve always looked down at Ubuntu MATE with some scepticism as well. When I tested it, it gave me the impression of being a nanny state. Because it cared. Because the guys around project lead Martin Wimpress, do really care about your n00b-ish demands and problems. In fact once you’ve installed Ubuntu MATE, they run through the basic setup together with you.
- Slick Greeter? – Check!
- Global Menus? – Check!
- Heads-up Display (HUD)? – Check!
- Super key to active menu launchers? – Check!
- Functional alternative to Unity 7 for those that want it and a traditional desktop for those that don’t? – Check!
- Read on to find out more…
Ubu MATE takes you by the hand during the initial update and tells you what to do. For ppl like me this approach is a bit too passive aggressive, totally uncalled for and unnecessary and just a waste of resources. For the bloddy beginning you it might be a lifesaving measurement which can make or break your future in Linux. My money is on make!
Watch this video by our Welsh friend Chris Were, where he again goes over all the stuff that makes Ubuntu MATE such a great distro for the brandnew Linux convertee, a.k.a. You.
Yeah, guess I’ve gotta take back my initial negativism about Ubu MATE. It probably wasn’t made with me, and people like me, in mind. It was made for You! And for You – if You are the You who I think You are – it’s just the perfect distro. 🙂
Grab your ISO file from here.
Reclaimer: Of course, and this must be mentioned, if you are not a totally dummy but moderately intelligent and self-sufficient Ubuntu MATE ain’t for you. You’re much better off with Mint Mate, Manjaro Mate or any other Arch or Debian Mate. As long as it ain’t based on Ubu you’re cool with it.