Maybe my tone, since coming aboard makes it clear, enough, that I highly value the OS of UM, in tandem, with its community. After months of virgin distro-hopping, I can testify that the UM OS/environment is better in every way - for both production and leisure (or, with all of the Linux/BSD choices, I would have been long-gone); but, on top of that, the community furthers UM on to becoming an indispensable treasure for the lost newbie, and on up the ladder to the gurus. It is no secret that we boast the machine for grownups, and regardless of how old our roots are, we end up providing something, unmistakably, akin to the traditional OS X experience - and its hard to go wrong there !
My profile explains that I went through a half dozen Linux OS's before serendipitously falling upon UM - and I have now stayed with UM longer than all of the others, combined - so that's how things really play out with a typical Ubuntu MATE experience - and that is what the bulk of the reviews, moreover, maintain.
"For a retrospective future" are, indeed, the very first words to follow the actual Ubuntu MATE title, when someone clicks our link, there; whereas, "A community developed Ubuntu based operating system that beautifully integrates the MATE desktop" - the, understated, true reality of UM - comes after... that preempting is kind-of on us .
I really do feel that Canonical, and the rest of those "latest & greatest" kind of fair-weather folks, who criticize the tried & true things of life - calling them obsolete, etc, (GNOME 2) were wholly caught off-guard by our mushrooming success. I took as long I did to jump aboard, due to the fact that - until the greatness, had a chance to play out, with UM, the lions share of Googling, came up with junk like " Don't get too exited, MATE - the fork of a dead GNOME 2 - means MATE will, likewise, be DOA"... and, of course, they were very-very wrong !
I get a little miffed when an unfair, or deluded, review comes out on us - because we are all Ubuntu MATE, here; but they are becoming, increasingly rare. We are, progressively becoming the unexpected benchmark OS, @v3xx, and I am no longer seeing the naysayers on the newer articles - not with our version of MATE, anyway - pretty much just praise now. At least they have quit, exclusively, calling us merely the go-to OS for mothballed legacy HW
I think Xubuntu will continue to be the "caught in-the-middle" OS, which gets, routinely, punked-out - it has, perhaps, even less relevance now that UMATE has proven itself so well. Their tag is worse than ours: "provides a light, stable and configurable desktop environment
with conservative workflows" bad-bad-bad - poor Xubuntu .