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Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Ubuntu MATE and what they use it for.
  • What Linux Distro Should I Use For Terrible Laptops?
    My experience has been that Ubuntu's Gnome DE is somewhat less suitable to older computers than Ubuntu "official flavors" with lighter DE's -- Ubuntu Budgie (Budgie DE), Kubuntu (KDE Plasma DE), Ubuntu MATE (MATE DE), and Xubuntu (XFCE DE) -- all of which use somewhat less resources than the Gnome DE. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Change from Windows
    Consider looking at several of the Ubuntu official flavors -- Kubuntu (Plasma DE), Ubuntu Budgie (Budgie DE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Ubuntu MATE (MATE DE). I wouldn't bother with Lubuntu (LXQT DE) unless you need a lightweight distro, because the LXQT DE is not as mainstream or well-supported as the others. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Planning to migrate from Windows to linux and dont know what distro to use
    Based on recent experience helping a handful of friends move from Windows to Linux, I suggest starting with an official Ubuntu flavor (Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Xbuntu, Ubuntu Mate) 22.04 LTS release, picking which ever desktop environment appeals to you. Official Ubuntu flavors are the Ubuntu OS layer with standard but different desktop environments. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • I just got this message im confused about what to do
    Since the computer appears to be quite old I'd recommend Ubuntu Mate or Xubuntu. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • averagePcmr
    Here's an article comparing lightweight Linux distros, here's an article that compares good options for beginners (also links to more lists), and here's my personal recommendation, Ubuntu Mate. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • I have been getting into coding lately and been hearing more and more about linux, Never really looked into it before but i was hoping to learn more about it, and why "YOU" like it.
    I use linux for the same reason I drive stick. It's comfortable, the command line ecosystem (where I learned to computer) is thriving, and there is plentiful documentation on whatever troubles I am having. Further, the filesystem is organized in a more logical fashion, package management exists, and Linux uses forward slashes in paths the way the Old Gods intended. If I were going to suggest a getting-started... - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • What are the benefits of different distros?
    Sure they are. That page says who owns each flavor, they have separate names/branding, separate ISOs, separate dev teams, separate web sites. From : "A community developed, Ubuntu based operating system that beautifully integrates the MATE desktop.". - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Alpine Linux Minimalist Desktop
    >Meanwhile Gnome is both slow and just about completely hardcoded hah. Come back to the Mate desktop. It's the original Gnome desktop, just like you remember it in 2010, only ported to GTK3. I personally like the Ubuntu-Mate version but the guy running that project has been recently working to port over the specific changes between that and stock Mate desktop to Debian so that will also be a possibility soon.... - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • Why is Ubuntu laggy and Fedora not?
    A Debian based distro? Well, you could try Ubuntu with a more lightweight DE, e.g. or try using Linux mint. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • A distro that resembles macOS's functionalities, file hierarchy, libraries, etc.?
    • Preconfigured: Install Ubuntu Mate and choose the Cupertino layout/theme. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Ubuntu 22.04 would it install Okay on an MacBook late 2011 ?
    I’ve got one of these exact models running Ubuntu Mate and it works great. Mate is a little lighter weight than the standard Gnome desktop and even had a built in theme selector that can get you a Mac-like dock and global menubar. I gave the laptop to my 10-year-old niece and she’s thrilled with it. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • What is the best Linux for someone who is used to windows
    I would suggest Linux Mint always. It's a great distro, and I'm using it right now. Easy to use, nice to work with. Another one I'll mention is Ubuntu MATE. One of the things that I like about Ubuntu MATE is that it comes with a way to make your desktop look like any desktop you wish. Windows, Mac, KDE, Ubuntu and Gnome. This way your cousin can explore and learn about the different desktops. Another distro that... - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Pocket 3 with the official Linux image
    You can point this on I thought will be professional guy to answer you. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • will using Linux make my computer run faster?
    Xubuntu or Ubuntu mate are your friends, at least until you familiarize yourself with linux. I'd recommend openSUSE Leap, but the amount of info available for Ubuntu will help you at the beginning, then you can start your distrohopping journey or becoming an Arch zealot (I love you arch peeps <3). - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Distro for beginner with easy app installation and navigation.
    Mate can be a great mate for you my mate, Https:// - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • What’s your go to game right now?
    I'm using Ubuntu-Mate, love it and Mate has that old school gnome 2 feel that I can't seem to do without. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Linux distro that is best for gaming but also not bloated
    Ubuntu mate. You can choose a minimal install. Once done, you can install the packages you need as time goes on.Ubuntu Mate. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • WTF, Mate is bloat, mate.
    Thankyou for the source, googling Ubuntu mate only brings up which seems to be the official website and I couldn't see anything on there. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Help for transitioning from Windows to Linux for the first time
    XUbuntu or Ubuntu MATE (make sure you get version 20.04.x which is a"LTS" <- Long Term Support - officially supported for 5 (FIVE!) years. You will upgrade it in April this year, to 22.04 LTS and get support for the next 5 years. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Some NintendoDS games run TERRIBLY slow
    If you're super ambitious, you could even try a Linux-distro that has lower-end hardware in mind like Ubuntu MATE. It's possible that it could give better performance than Windows 8. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • What can I use instead of a raspberri pi for octoprint Or what's the least powerful raspberri pi that I can use?
    That's what I did. Had an 8-year old laptop laying around doing nothing. Did a clean install of Ubuntu MATE on it and then installed Octoprint. Even had an old webcam laying around that I got hooked up. Nothing fancy, but it just works! Now I just send my sliced printers directly to Octoprint from within PrusaSlicer. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago

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