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Ubuntu MATE is a free and open-source Linux distribution and an official derivative of Ubuntu. Its main differentiation from Ubuntu is that it uses the MATE desktop environment as its default user interface, based on GNOME 2 which was used for Ubuntu versions prior to 11.04, instead of the Unity graphical shell that is the default user interface for the Ubuntu desktop, or GNOME Shell starting with Ubuntu 17.10.[1][2]

Ubuntu MATE
Ubuntu MATE logo
Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Screenshot.png
Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Zesty Zapus
Developer Ubuntu MATE team
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 23 October 2014; 3 years ago (2014-10-23)
Latest release 17.10.1 / 12 January 2018; 10 days ago (2018-01-12)
Available in Multilingual
Update method APT (Software Updater, Ubuntu Software Center)
Package manager dpkg
Platforms IA-32, x86-64, PowerPC, ARM
Kernel type Monolithic
Userland GNU
Default user interface MATE
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website
Support status



The Ubuntu MATE project was founded by Martin Wimpress and Alan Pope[3] and began as an unofficial derivative of Ubuntu, using an Ubuntu 14.10 base for its first release;[4] a 14.04 LTS release followed shortly.[5] As of February 2015, Ubuntu MATE gained the official Ubuntu flavour status from Canonical Ltd. as per the release of 15.04 Beta 1.[6][7] In addition to IA-32 and x86-64 which were the initial supported platforms, Ubuntu MATE also supports PowerPC and ARMv7 (on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3).[8]

In April 2015, Ubuntu MATE announced a partnership with British computer reseller Entroware, enabling Entroware customers to purchase desktop and laptop computers with Ubuntu MATE preinstalled with full support.[9] Several other hardware deals were announced later.


Current release Release no longer supported Release still supported Future release
Version Codename Release date Supported until Remarks
14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr 2014-11-11 April 2019

Released after the 14.10 release in order to provide long-term support until 2019, following Ubuntu.[5]

14.10 Utopic Unicorn 2014-10-23 July 2015

First release of Ubuntu MATE.[4]

15.04 Vivid Vervet 2015-04-23[10] January 2016

First release as an official Ubuntu flavour.[1]

15.10 Wily Werewolf 2015-10-22[11] July 2016

Features MATE 1.10, Ubuntu Software Centre not installed by default.[12]

16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus 2016-04-21 April 2019[13]

First official LTS release; features MATE 1.12.x DE, expanded Welcome application and Software Boutique; has ZFS built in by default.[14][15]

16.10 Yakkety Yak 2016-10-13[16] July 2017 Full GTK3+ implementation of the MATE Desktop. Most default applications are “Recommended” and can thus be uninstalled without issue.[17]
17.04 Zesty Zapus 2017-04-13 January 2018 Previous non-LTS Ubuntu MATE release, with nine months of support. Concludes the migration to GTK3+.[18]
17.10 Artful Aardvark 2017-10-19 July 2018 Current non-LTS release.[19]


In a May 2016 review Jesse Smith of DistroWatch concluded, "despite my initial problems getting Ubuntu MATE installed and running smoothly, I came away with a positive view of the distribution. The project is providing a very friendly desktop experience that requires few hardware resources by modern standards. I also want to tip my hat to the default theme used on Ubuntu MATE."[20]

As of August 2017, Ubuntu MATE ranked at 24 on the Distrowatch 6 month page hit ranking.[21]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "UbuntuFlavours - Ubuntu Wiki". 
  2. ^ Nestor, Marius (Apr 19, 2017). "Canonical to Make GNOME Default Session in Ubuntu 17.10, Likely Use Wayland". Softpedia. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Team - Ubuntu MATE". 
  4. ^ a b "Ubuntu MATE Sees Its First Release (14.10)". 
  5. ^ a b "Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS Available For Download". 
  6. ^ Sneddon, Joey-Ellijah. "Ubuntu MATE Is Now An Official Ubuntu Flavor". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "GNOME 2 is back: Ubuntu MATE is now an official flavor". 
  8. ^ "Download Ubuntu MATE". Ubuntu MATE. Ubuntu MATE Team. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ubuntu MATE Inks First Hardware Deal". 
  10. ^ "VividVervet/ReleaseSchedule". 
  11. ^ "WilyWerewolf/ReleaseSchedule". 
  12. ^ "Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Officially Released with a Huge Number of Improvements". Softpedia. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ubuntu MATE 16.04(Xenial Xerus) Will Be an LTS Release, Supported for 3 Years". 
  14. ^ Larabel, Michael. "Taking ZFS For A Test Drive On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS". phoronix. Phoronix Media. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "How to install ubuntu mate onto single sdd with zfs as main fs". Ubuntu MATE. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "YakketyYak/ReleaseSchedule - Ubuntu Wiki". Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Wimpress, Martin (2016-10-13). "Ubuntu MATE 16.10". Ubuntu MATE. Retrieved 2017-11-27. 
  18. ^ Wimpress, Martin (2017-04-13). "Ubuntu MATE 17.04". Ubuntu MATE. Retrieved 2017-11-27. 
  19. ^ Wimpress, Martin (2017-10-19). "Ubuntu MATE 17.10". Ubuntu MATE. Retrieved 2017-11-27. 
  20. ^ Smith, Jesse (9 May 2016). "Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS". DistroWatch. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  21. ^ " Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 

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