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Ubuntu MATE 16.04: there is always room for improvement

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Who is the main audience of Ubuntu 16.04 MATE? From my point of view, these are people who started their Linux life a long time ago when GNOME 2 was one of few desktop environments available for Linux distributions. Since then, we have gotten a lot more players and forks on the "market".

Yes, MATE is better looking than GNOME 2 was a few years ago. But other desktop environments also did not stay the same during this time.

I used the Cinnamon desktop environment on Linux Mint for some time a year or so ago. For me, it was a much more convenient desktop environment than I found MATE to be in Ubuntu realization of it.

I also faced some crashes of different applications during my Live run of Ubuntu 16.04 MATE.

It all means that MATE team still has room for improvement.

Will I try Ubuntu MATE sometime in the future? Maybe. Let's see where history takes us.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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​Ubuntu Snap in the Mainstream News Sites

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Snap Packages Become the Universal Binary Format for All GNU/Linux Distributions

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Today, June 14, 2016, Canonical informed us that they've been working for some time with developers from various major GNU/Linux distributions to make the Snap package format universal for all OSes.

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Walrus gumboot, Canonical eyeballs Juju to charm ‘big software’

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Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the Debian-based Linux distribution that many of us know as ‘probably’ (arguably, not necessarily if you’re a purist) the best Linux operating system for a personal PC.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 brings about serious improvement to the platform

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Aside from the amazing wireless convergence (and it truly is game-changing), the most important aspect of an update is simple...did the update improve the experience? After all, every developer wants their platform to always be improving. So, what's the end result with OTA-11? To the casual user, it might seem like the latest Ubuntu Touch image really didn't do much. However, the truth is much more telling than that. With the release of OTA-11, Ubuntu Touch now runs much smoother; apps are faster to open, animations are cleaner, and there's much less wait involved with regular usage. That doesn't mean Ubuntu Touch has been perfected. It's still not on par with the speed and efficiency of either Android or iOS, but it has made amazing leaps forward with OTA-11 and is closing the gap faster than anyone would have deemed possible.

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elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" Beta Launches Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Download Now

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elementary co-founder Cassidy James Blaede announced earlier, June 13, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the first Beta build of the upcoming elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" operating system.

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Black Lab Linux 8.0 "Onyx" Alpha 4 Ready for Testing, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Today, June 13, 2016, Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia about the general availability of the fourth Alpha build of the upcoming Black Lab Linux 8.0 "Onyx" operating system.

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New ubuntuBSD Release Is Coming Soon, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and FreeBSD 10.

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The upcoming ubuntuBSD distro has been in development since March 2016, and it is now time for it to enter the spotlight. The final release is due soon according to the latest tweet from the project's official Twitter page.

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Leftovers: Software

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    While writing program files or normal text files, programmers and writers sometimes want to know the difference between two files or two versions of the same file. When you compare two computer files on Linux, the difference between their contents is called a diff. This description was born out of a reference to the output of diff, the well known Unix command-line file comparison utility.
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