I’ve started testing “Linux” and different DE about 2 years ago. I wanted to get rid of Windows, at least at home. As a Frontend Web Developer I cannot get rid of Windows at work (testing Web apps in a VM - for MS IE & Edge - is not really a good solution).
Ubuntu & Linux Mint (an Ubuntu derivate) were the only ones causing “no pain” with the hardware. No issues (except with “Hibernate” on notebooks). They are “user-friendly” for a Linux NOOB coming from 20+ years of Windows.
Linux Mint is “nice”, works as expected but… it is not up-to-date with the Ubuntu releases (no 16.10, 17.04, 17.10).
Ubuntu’s Unity (16.04) was a total NO GO for me. Sorry, I do not want to “search” for a program, I want to have it directly available… and the default “left toolbar” with “start” icons for the most used programs does not really fit my needs (I know there are tweaks on moving it to top or bottom, but it still isn’t what I was looking for).
Kubuntu… too much for me.
Xubuntu was my choice for about two weeks until I discovered Ubuntu MATE.
Ubuntu MATE is working as expected from the first time I’ve logged in, versatile, configurable, friendly, everything was there where I expected it to be, all programs for a day-to-day use are pre-installed, Software Boutique was and is SO MUCH APPRECIATED, updates can be done easily, etc.
IT WORKS FOR ME AS I EXPECT IT and this is it ! And the community here is one of the best I’ve seen on the Internet
My wish for future releases… an unproblematic OS upgrade… have re-installed the OS with every new version 16.10, 17.04, 17.10 because of the (minor / major ?) issues I’ve encountered after an “inline” OS upgrade.
Thank you all for this great work