This is the first time I try MATE and find it so intuitive. I like Cinnamon, but MATE just flows better in my mind and I don't have to search for things as much. I'm still using Linux Mint because of so many things I have done with it over the years, but UM has won my heart. I have tried almost all of Ubuntu's Desktops, and MATE is the best IMHO, and beats all Desktops.
Yes it is awsome! if you have some questions or need support, just ask (Danish or English)
MATE is available on Mint - I first encountered it there. So if you prefer Mint, you can stay with it and still use MATE.
Yes, I tried it on mint as well, but I prefer the way it works on Ubuntu.