I use Ubuntu MATE since 16.04. I loved it so much, I have started to install this flavour everywhere - on all of my computers, my parents computers etc.
Recently, I had to reinstall MATE on my main PC (from reasons unrelated to MATE iself). I have downloaded and installed the 22.04. I have been in constant struggle to configure it ever since.
The first and most controversial was (of course) the nVidia driver. It caused me a lot of trouble. The mistake I have made was, that I have checked install drivers during installation. Somehow, the Ubuntu installer did install incomplete set of packages. It installed the
ko but not
nvidia-settings. This created a lot of confusion between me - MATE and GPU. The system thought, that there are drives installed manually, and did not allow me to install them via the System Settings window. At the same time, since
nvidia-settings was not installed, the automatically generated
nvidia-settings "after startup" call went nowhere.
Initially I thought, that there is problem with Window manager so I tried re-installing compton etc. But after all of my Open-GL applications refused to work properly I have gave the drivers second look and solved the issue.
This issue alone took me several hours to solve. I would have been much happier, if the installer DID NOT install broken version of drivers and made me install them after first startup.
My other complaints are strictly personal opinion, but still something that bothers me.
I REALLY LOVE <3 the new colors introduced with Ubuntu 21.04. I have also REALLY LOVED the "change colors" option in the MATE Welcome. I prefer Ambient MATE to Yaru theme. I have already presented my opinion in Ubuntu 21.04 themes .
I understand that you don't want to ship "legacy" theme with the disc, but I would prefer the return of "change colors" option that would allow me to install the legacy theme without the need to "google the package I need to install".
I agree that "netbooks" are a thing of the past. But when I was reading this, I did not realize, that dropping the support for netbooks also ment, that
mate-maximus was removed from the system. All of the options in MATE Tweak were "grayed out" without any explenation. I had to open the python script and find for myself what application was responsible for removing window decoration on fullscreen etc. and google how to install it.
Netbooks may be "thing of the past" but there are a lot of 13inch notebooks being sold. And even on 15 inch notebook (or even my 27inch main screen) want to save as much space as possible "cuppertino" style - by moving window panel to the top MATE panel and removing the window decoration on fullscreen.
In the end all of the issues I've had were resolved by installing 3 apt packages. I just had to spend several hours learning what are those packages I need to install/reinstall. Not something I was used to with Ubuntu MATE. Previously almost all of my configuration was done via the Installer and MATE Welcome.
And after one friday night and sunday morning of getting the MATE in order, I can finally start solving the issues that made me reinstall my PC in the first place.
I still love the MATE desktop, however this was a really cold shower for me.