It is time to use MATE DE as default desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Jeremy Bicha jbicha at
Sun Oct 22 17:38:14 UTC 2017

On Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 7:17 AM, Nrbrtx <nrbrtx at> wrote:
> Therefore, I seriously suggest to consider the possibility of using the MATE
> DE by default in the version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop.

Thank you for your feedback.

Feel free to use Ubuntu MATE and tell all your friends about it. MATE
will not be the default desktop in 18.04 LTS for multiple reasons and
this really isn't open for reconsideration.

So since the massive change you proposed is not accepted, maybe you
can make a difference with smaller changes.

> Why does the terminal open its new instances by default in a new window?
> Why not in the tab?

We should consider changing that. Please file a bug against ubuntu-settings.

> How do I explain to a person by phone what he should do to run a program?

You can run programs basically the same way in Ubuntu 17.10 as you can
in Ubuntu 17.04. Personally, I think it's a bit easier to get to the
list of all apps in GNOME than it was in Unity. I get the impression
that you weren't even using Unity?

Specially, click the 9-dot button in the bottom left of the screen to
open the Show Applications view. Switch to All (this is only needed
the first time). Or use the keyboard shortcut Super+A (I helped copy
this shortcut from Unity years ago.)

> Who removed the keyboard shortcut <Ctrl+Shift+t> to create a new tab? (see
> bug ).

That works fine as long as you don't try to set Ctrl+Shift to switch
input methods.

> Why does the installer select the <Alt+Shift> keyboard layout switch when
> selecting two languages during installation (for example, English and
> Russian or English and Greek), although you say everywhere that the standard
> is <Super+Space>? (see bugs ,
> ).

It works fine for me here. Super+Space is the default and it has been
in Ubuntu for years.

But please file a new bug for your issue with detailed steps about how
to reproduce it starting from a new install.

> What should I do for quick connection to the server, for example via FTP,
> SMB or SSH? Where is the equivalent "Places -> Connect to server"? This is a
> frequently used function.

Open the Files app. Click Other Locations. Connect to Server is at the
bottom of the window.

> Perhaps GNOME developers are looking at macOS interfaces under the hipster
> dope of stupid innovation without taking into account the experience of past
> generations.

I think you'll be more effective if you keep respectful.

Jeremy Bicha

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