My first Linux was Ubuntu 10.04, just a for the web, just for a while until saving cash for the new Windows machine... Well, after few weeks didn`t miss W so much!
Then, with gnome2 until came along gnome3. Old computer was too old, then lxde, xfce, distrohopping with Fedora, Suse, Mageia (was good, actually), CrushBang worked well in low-spec movie machine.
New PC, did not like Unity, Gnome3 for awhile. Nothing to stay on. Mint was nice, but i already have a mother telling me what to do (and what not) =D.
Shortly, been for about a year with Mate, and i feel like home! Gnome2 was intuitive, friendly even, very nice. Mate brings all that back!
Gnome3, Unity, Windows, they all are a solution to a problems that does not exist! In my phone it would be an agony using Gnome2-like DE, and on my desktop working with cellphone-like DE isn´t so very good experience.
Hell, i installed UMate to my girlfriend PC, she had W7 before, and she likes it. My mother, an W10 fighter/veteran says "how can this thing be so easy" after using my PC for awhile!
So thanks, team, youre doing some things very right with Mate!!!