everytime I installed and used Ubuntu MATE in the past, it has been a nice experience. However, I do have a tiny issue with ubuntu-mate.org.
On the downloads page, Ubuntu MATE provides the sha256sums for the ISO files written out. As I always check the verifications sums of ISO files, I want to use for hardware installs, I've found this very inconvenient:
Manually comparing a checksum can easily suffer from (my) human errors. For that reason, I'd love to see Ubuntu MATE providing an additional direct download link for the checksum file. Downloading the checksum file makes it possible to easily verify an image using the --check flag for the sha256sum utility.
If somebody wants to verify an image depends on their level of trust in the source said image. Personally, I see the verification process as a responsibility I have as an user.
Sure, I could search for the right directory based on the ISO download link, but is this really user friendly? I'd love to see this becoming as 'hassle free' as possible as it's always good to lower the barrier (not only) for new users. Providing a direct link could be an addition, as it doesn't have to replace the current presentation.
Again: Thank you for developing and supporting Ubuntu MATE!