First, the option to use a different OS is tantamount to "Development" of this OS, other than Windows that is. I admit, I am lost in Linux/XYZ. I've been working with computers since 1983, but my forte is research, not building a OS.
I came to Linux to take back my computer. When Win 7 arrived, it was clear to me that the new goal of MS is to have us buy a computer (of any kind but preferably theirs and they are working on that angle). Then, after we pay for that, and the OS, we give them all rights to privacy via our(?) digital device, or the option is to uninstall the OS. Read their terms.
So I jumped into Linux/Ubuntu and Mate (I'll call them LUM). There is obviously a much bigger learning curve with LUM than Windows. I find the terminology, the methods used to add new programs/software/scripts/apps (whatever they are called here), and support to be a whole new world. I found I had to pour over reams of pages and more pages of techinezed explanations and directions just to get over the install barriers. It seems that some people want to show off their knowledge instead of KISS.
I believe that if LUM are to really succeed, it has to be easier to install, maintain and as easy to use as Windows sans the Stalkware.
Don't get me wrong, I love LUM, and it's attention to security and privacy. But it's a big curve, and much of the lingo is new and confusing. Maybe I need a 2018 Beginners Guide to Linux Lingo and another guide explaining what is meant by some of the processes suggested - such as line commands and just how to get to the command line, and other simple things. I'll have to look, read, and learn - I get it, but most instructions are for the technically inclined with Linux already.
I see things like "Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus" and wonder if I shouldn't just get an Etch-A-Sketch where I'll feel more at home
I find it all very confusing. It seems to me that LUM is for those that want to really drill down into an OS and have the time, interest, ability, and inclination to do so.
Trolls are reminded that one day, not so long ago, you too were a newbie...
Just sayin s'all