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Are we finally going to see an official Ubuntu with Mate?
Who knows where this will lead. But it would be cool if we can pull it off :-) 
heh.. Is that Ubuntu's own font rendering (freetype2-ubuntu?) mangling their own font's thin "9" and "y"? ^_^
Bringing back the 10.04 glory days! I'm a Slackware guy, but I would definitely love to have a Mate based Ubuntu distro to recommend to new Linux users, and I do not mean Mint. :^)
You've just saved all those hardcore Ubuntu guys clinging to their fallback mode, awesome!
+Adam Erdman Yes it is all Ubuntu but the screenshot I posted is a big dirty hack on top of a prototype that is less than 24 hours in the making. Be nice, I know you can do it :-)

+Ryan McQuen you totally get this!

+Kæde van Buuren The screen grab was an action shot, typos and all ;-) You also completely get this.

If you pine for the halcyon days of Ubuntu and really want to see this early prototype flourish, LET ME KNOW!
Yes and yes, and yes. If I can help in any way, please let me!
+Martin Wimpress Oh I absolutely get what is going on in the screenie. And though I have no need for Ubuntu, I'd love to see this go some place. Both for MATE, and to relieve some of the tension that's stemmed from the situation with MATE on Ubuntu.

( I just couldn't help but notice the font rendering 😉 )
+Adam Erdman I know you get it :-) it was grabbed from a VM and I'm sure I don't have everything setup right.

Right, c'mon MATE community. Show me what you're made of. Spread the news and whip up some interest. Show these guys from Canonical how 543 people on G+ can make a difference :-) 
In fact 10.04 and gnome 2 made me ditch windows at home. It will be really great to have that look back.
+Brian Allenby It is very early days. We do have a package list but it is subject to change. Currently we have MATE, Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, LibreOffice, Braseo, Totem and Rhythmbox. 
I'm another interested person, thanks for the work.
After Ubuntu switch to Unity, I used Xubuntu for some time, then switched to Linux Mint Mate; I want Ubuntu Mate.
Very very good idea !!! If I can help, send me an email. I already use ubuntu with mate. I installed ubuntu-minimal with a mini.iso from here ( and after that I installed mate 1.8 with the official repo ( and some other packages (vlc, synaptic, gdebi, compiz, thunderbird, firefox, transmission, dconf-cli, dconf-editor,language-selector-gnome,  ...). It worked great. For the theme, I use ambiance-radiance for sfce-lxde ( For the updates notifications, I use mintupdate (installed with the deb packages).  Some stuffs doesn't work (have to be fix): indicator (necessary ???), notify-osd, lightdm lock screen, bluetooth (blueman doesn't work very well. I prefer mate-bluetooth 1.6), ...
Take a look at the screenshot :

To fix the icons, I use this lines :

sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-output-none-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-output-none.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-high-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-high.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-low-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-low.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-low-zero-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-low-zero.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-medium-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-medium.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-muted-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-muted.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-muted-blocking-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-volume-muted-blocking.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-high.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/16/audio-volume-high.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-low.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/16/audio-volume-low.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-high-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-high.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-low-zero-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-medium.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/xfce4-mixer-record.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-low.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/xfce4-mixer-no-record.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/audio-input-microphone-muted.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/actions/24/system-shutdown-panel.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/actions/24/system-shutdown.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-high.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/audio-volume-high.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-medium.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/audio-volume-medium.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-low.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/audio-volume-low.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/Humanity/status/22/audio-volume-muted.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/audio-volume-muted.svg
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/status/display-brightness-symbolic.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/mate-brightness-applet.png
sudo ln -s /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/status/display-brightness-symbolic.svg /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/24/gpm-brightness-lcd.svg

sudo rm /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/icon-theme.cache
sudo gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark
I have Mate Ubuntu on a nebook, i need light desktop, mate on my netbook is very fast.
I would like to see this happen.

I am currently using Ubuntu 12.04 with MATE and am getting ready to upgrade to the new version soon or another distro.

I came across a Debian spin called Point Linux that uses MATE and am considering switching to it.
Great news! Unity was the reason I stopped using Ubuntu.
I don't mind the OSX-like bar on the left side. But they took away too much of the features that are why I started using Linux in the first place: 

Mainly the virtual desktops/workstations were made more difficult to access over the previous (Gnome 2) version. Even Gnome Shell offered extensions that made it easier to access the workstations again and other things.
Now that UbuntuOne is gone, I've been starting to look at migrating to Qiana Mate as my LTS. Sure would be easier to join a community. And yes, I did install Mate 1.8 from the repo for testing, but I always fear I'm the only person in the universe doing something like that. So count me in.
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