Ladies and gentleman, it's official.
Today marks the first official long term support release (LTS) of Ubuntu MATE. Many papercut bugs have been addressed, and the Welcome experience gets a shiny new look along with the Software Boutique to simply the installation of many of your desired applications.
Featuring 3 years support for Ubuntu MATE and 5 years for the base (Ubuntu), this release is great for users with production machines who desire a stable system that they can rely on.
Raspberry Pi users: See the 16.04 announcement for you.
Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS has not just been in development for 6 months. Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS has been in development for nearly 2 years. Since the project started in June 2014 this release, this our first official LTS, is what we’ve been working towards. This was the goal we had firmly in our sights every step of the way.
I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to Ubuntu MATE over the last 22 months. None of this would have been possible without the countless contributions from the amazing Ubuntu MATE community. I can’t thank you all enough for what you’ve helped create. I only hope this release makes you all proud.
-- Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu MATE Project Leader