In my first introductory post, I noted that my test installation of Ubuntu12.04/Mate1.2 was trashed when I tried to remove all vestiges of Unity, both 2d and 3d.
I wiped that drive and reconfigured it, and since the setup, I have been running concurrent tests on both Mint/Mate and Ubuntu/Mate. I also have a third drive configured with Ubuntu, straight Unity, just for giggles, as it were.
I upgraded Mate to 1.4 on the Ubuntu/Mate setup pretty much the day Mate 1.4 was released. Worked okay for a short while, but then an Ubuntu X-server update ruined it. I left that one alone for a week or so, then found I had to boot up to Ubuntu/Gnome-Classic in order to get to any working desktop at all and run Ubuntu updates.
Long story short (maybe impossible for me), there were a ton of Ubuntu updates, mostly having to do with Open GL, X-server, Compiz, NVidia drivers. I keep all these test systems set to download "Proposed" and "Backports." I figure if I'm going to be testing buggy, I might as well test bleeding-edge and buggy.
After the first couple days of "fixes," Ubuntu/Mate became dramatically more stable. I was surprised -- and pleased. I didn't think they were working on it to that degree.
I upgraded the Mint/Mate to Mate 1.4 a week ago. Since Mint is behind Ubuntu on update schedules, Mint/Mate is not as clean and stable as Ubuntu/Mate has become. Ubuntu/Mate has become stunningly solid. I do expect that in a relatively short time Mint/Mate will catch up.
I have my desktop set up to run Compiz and Emerald Themes. I am semi-amused that when I paw around on Ubuntu forums, the consensus is that "Emerald sucks." Oh sure, it does. And we all love Unity. I on the other hand have collected, written and tweaked numbers of themes and am not inclined to throw them away. I do what I do. I like what I do. I don't really want be forced into something that I don't like to do.
Assuming, Vincent, that our little "Mate" community isn't so small it will disappear from disinterest (in which case, you and I will have to go back to baking our own bread from scratch, like maybe growing our own wheat, harvesting it, threshing it and grinding the grain...), then the Mate fork should be the worthy successor we all hope for.
Given the improvements over the past couple weeks, I'm actually quite excited about it.
Ah, I took the plain vanilla Ubuntu Unity drive and ran updates on it two days back: 300 of them. The machine rebooted, for some reason said it couldn't detect my graphics card (which I found very bizarre under the circumstances) and crapped out. Unity is just soooo cool.
Last edited by vermontbear
on Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:44 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Mint 13-64bit Mate (for the moment anyway)