Q: What Linux Ubuntu distribution is most suitable to a mid-level beginner Linux user? Ubuntu Mate or classic Ubuntu LTS distro?
ChatGPT: Both Ubuntu MATE and classic Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support) are good choices for mid-level beginner Linux users. However, each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the choice ultimately depends on the user's personal preferences and requirements.
Ubuntu MATE is a community-driven distribution that is designed to be simple, intuitive, and lightweight. It comes with the MATE desktop environment, which is similar in look and feel to the classic GNOME 2 desktop environment. MATE is particularly well-suited for users who prefer a more traditional desktop experience, with a taskbar and menus that are easy to navigate. It is also optimized for older hardware and runs well on systems with limited resources.
On the other hand, classic Ubuntu LTS is the flagship distribution of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. It comes with the Unity desktop environment, which is more modern and streamlined than MATE. Unity is designed to be easy to use, and it includes features such as the Dash, which provides quick access to applications, files, and settings. Ubuntu LTS is known for its stability and security, and it is supported with updates and security patches for five years.
In summary, if you prefer a more traditional desktop experience and have older hardware, Ubuntu MATE might be the better choice. If you prefer a modern, streamlined desktop environment and prioritize stability and security, classic Ubuntu LTS might be the better choice.
Q: I like Ubuntu Mate because it has all applications organized into thematic sections in the main menu. And in Mate Tweak you can choose an Ubuntu Unity desktop look. Also my hardware is rather modern, it is Thinkpad E14 with AMD. Isn't Ubuntu Mate as secure as classic Ubuntu LTS version?
ChatGPT: Yes, Ubuntu MATE is a secure operating system just like classic Ubuntu LTS. Both versions of Ubuntu share the same underlying security features, including firewalls, encryption, and secure boot. Additionally, both versions receive regular security updates and patches from the Ubuntu team.
The difference between Ubuntu MATE and classic Ubuntu LTS lies mainly in the desktop environment and the user interface. Ubuntu MATE offers a more traditional desktop experience, while classic Ubuntu LTS comes with the Unity desktop environment, which has a more modern and streamlined interface.
However, as you mentioned, Ubuntu MATE offers the option to customize the desktop environment to look like Ubuntu Unity, so if you prefer that look, you can have it on Ubuntu MATE.
In summary, both Ubuntu MATE and classic Ubuntu LTS are secure operating systems. The choice between them largely depends on your personal preference for the user interface and the desktop environment.
Q: What do you mean by "streamlined interface" of classic Ubuntu LTS?
ChatGPT: By "streamlined interface" of classic Ubuntu LTS, I mean that the Unity desktop environment that comes with it is designed to be simple and easy to use. Unity has a modern and clean design with a launcher on the left side of the screen that provides quick access to frequently used applications. Additionally, the Unity interface includes the Dash, which allows users to quickly search for and launch applications, files, and settings.
The Unity interface is designed to be more visually appealing and user-friendly, making it easier for users to navigate and find what they need quickly. This streamlined interface is particularly helpful for new users who may be overwhelmed by more complex or traditional desktop environments.
However, some users may prefer a more traditional desktop environment, which is where Ubuntu MATE comes in. Ubuntu MATE provides a classic desktop experience with a taskbar and application menu that may be more familiar to users who have used other operating systems before.
In summary, the streamlined interface of classic Ubuntu LTS is designed to be simple and user-friendly, while Ubuntu MATE provides a more traditional desktop experience that some users may prefer.