I had the privilege of giving Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS a test run and I have to say, “Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS is okay!”
Ubuntu MATE happens to be one of those distributions of Linux that I recommend to people who are newcomers to the world of Linux.
Because it is stable and it easy to use (A person does not have to be a rocket scientist in order to figure out how to use Ubuntu MATE).
Carmine, the man behind the YouTube channel, Total OS Today, is also a fan of Ubuntu MATE (He always speaks highly of it whenever he is reviewing it).
Now, in spite of Ubuntu MATE getting lots of positive reviews, it is highly recommended that you try it out for yourself.
And, why should you try Ubuntu MATE out for yourself?
You should try Ubuntu MATE out for yourself because it will provide you with firsthand experience on how it performs on your hardware and you also get to figure out if you like Ubuntu MATE or not.
The truth is that not everyone who tries Ubuntu MATE for the first time is going to like it.
On a positive note, those people who think that Ubuntu MATE is impressive will stick with it.
A Person Can Easily Choose A Layout That They Are Most Familiar With On Ubuntu MATE
Those of us that use Arch Linux with the MATE desktop environment would know that we have to configure the layout for ourselves (This is a good thing because it teaches us how to actually configure the layout in the way that we actually want it — an experience that I would not trade for anything).
Ubuntu MATE makes it extremely easy for a newcomer to customize their layout using the MATE Tweak tool (Hmm. Talk about being spoon-fed).
By the way, an Arch Linux user can also use the MATE Tweak tool if they wanted to (But they know that using such a tool would be taking all of their fun away).
The truth is that an Arch Linux user possesses more advanced knowledge about Linux and the majority of them love to tinker with their system.
Since Ubuntu MATE is catering for novice to intermediate users, it makes a lot of sense in making the process of configuring the layout as easy as possible; hence the reason for adding the MATE Tweak tool.
For those of you who have never used the MATE Teak tool, it enables the user to easily make their layout look like:
- macOS (Which is in the form of “Cupertino” — a layout that makes the macOS user feel more at home).
- Windows (Which happens to be “Redmond” — a layout that is ideal for those people who are coming across from Windows).
- GNOME 2 (Which is in the form of “Traditional” — a classic-looking layout loved by many MATE users from around the world).
- Unity (which they referred to as, “Mutiny” — Ubuntu MATE’s unique take on the Unity desktop environment).
- Pantheon — a desktop environment that was originally created for Elementary OS.
- Netbook — a layout that was specifically designed for small screens.
The MATE desktop environment is very versatile; you can make it look like any desktop environment that you are most familiar with.
Ubuntu MATE Comes With A Lovely Selection Of Software
All of the versions of Ubuntu MATE (both longterm support and interim versions) come with a lovely selection of software; such as:
The above software that was mentioned is merely a small portion of the software that Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS has preinstalled (It contains much more).
Who Is Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS Suited For?
Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS is suited for:
- The person who wants an operating system that is fast, stable and reliable.
- The person who is new to Linux and wants an operating system that they can use right away.
- The person who has a small business of their own.
- The person who is a student.
- The person who likes to extend the life of older hardware by installing Linux on it.
- The person who is a gamer.
- The person who is a music enthusiast.
- The person who is a content creator.
- The person who simply wants to browse the internet.
If you fit the criteria, you might as well download a copy of Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS; which you will find on the download section of Ubuntu MATE’s website.
Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS Is A Bit Boring
For the record, Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS works great (I have no complaints pertaining to its performance).
The truth is that I have been spoilt rotten by Arch Linux and Solus (Those two distributions of Linux are rolling releases; they have a reputation for providing the user with newer software).
And, in all honesty, I have no intention of reverting back to an Ubuntu-based operating system (I merely test them out for the sake of writing a review on them).
Now, in spite of Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS being boring for me (and probably boring for a lot of people too), I have to admit that Martin Wimpress and his team of developers did a wonderful job of fine-tuning Ubuntu MATE (It keeps getting better with each new version).
It was easy for me to notice that a lot of love and care went into putting Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS together (That was easily deduced by paying close attention to the way it worked).
I also have a strong feeling that Ubuntu MATE will work on almost any type of hardware.
If you happen to be one of those people with more than one computer (preferably one with an older 64-bit computer lying around somewhere in your house), you can give Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS a test run of your own.
The good news is that if you encounter any sort of difficulty with Ubuntu MATE, you will find a solution online (After all, Ubuntu MATE is highly popular).
Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS is certainly okay (But it is not good enough to steal me away from Arch Linux and Solus).