Planning to create a new distro of Ubuntu

Ben Tinner bentinner at
Sat Nov 2 11:22:16 UTC 2013


I am planning to create a new distro of Ubuntu which will have the GNOME 2 look and feel. For those of you who are subscribed to ubuntu-users, you would have heard about my plans to create this (Anyone interested in a "GNOME 2 look and feel" remix?).

Officially called Ubuntu MATE Remix, this will integrate the MATE Desktop Environment to the power and stability of Ubuntu. In fact, I already had a working prototype based on Saucy Salamander. You can download the prototype at

Currently, there are a few issues with the prototype.

1. I do not know how to implement a GUI bootmenu in the Live CD (like the one used in the Ubuntu Live CD).
2. I do not know how to make the system to autostart the GUI, so the only way to start the GUI is to type 'startx' on the command line.

I will be generating another prototype based on Trusty Tahr soon.

After testing out my prototype, can you give me a few suggestions to improve the distro? I hope that this will be officially recognised and supported by the Ubuntu community.

Yours Sincerly,
Ben Tinner
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