I migrated here from Linux Mint, mainly for the better package support. I'm sorry to say, even after hours of configuration, I am very disappointed with this distro.
It's the little things which keep adding up. From the initial installation, it was not at all obvious how to enable drive encryption. I had to research, and even watch videos just to figure it out. It used to be a single checkbox which said "encrypt the installation". Now it's "erase disk and install -> advanced -> use LVM -> encrypt". Simple, right?
The next issue I had is the very basic window configuration. It's very clear Mate was designed for a dark colour scheme, and any light schemes were an afterthought. System tray icons have very little contrast, and often are cryptic. The volume adjust popup is dark grey on black. Text is dark grey instead of black. Even the welcome screen has white on light grey text in the bottom right corner.
The worst part about the colours is there's no real way to change them. Yes there are a few schemes to choose from, but how do I change the colour of the active window's title bar? How do make text black instead of dark grey?
The system tray area is another source of frustration. It's an all-or-nothing deal which cannot be configured. How do I change the clock to 24 hour mode, and display the date? How do I remove the pointless gear icon on the far right, which is fully redundant with the menu button? Why does the network manager frequently hide available wireless networks, and ignore priority settings?
There's no easy way to configure a laptop's touchpad. There are a couple basic settings, but no way to disable hot button areas, gestures, and the myriad of settings available on virtually every modern touchpad. These settings alone can make or break usability.
The power management timeout graduations too coarse, going from 10 to 30 minutes with nothing in between.
The pluma text editor has a dozen colour schemes to choose from, but no "black on white", and no "use my system colours".
The calculator lacks a history buffer, like the one in Mint has.
Enough ranting. How can we fix these things, and make the system easy to use for everyone?