Ubuntu Mate 16.04.5 LTS - USB

Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern desktops and laptops, micro computers and older hardware alike.
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Version 16.04.5 Release Date: August 2, 2018

NOTE: This distro comes on a 16GB USB Flash Drive. Please ensure that your system has USB 2.0 + ports before ordering. Ubuntu mate will come on a name brand USB flash drive. We use Kingston, Adata, PNY, or SanDisk USBs.


Ubuntu MATE is a community developed Ubuntu based operating system that beautifully integrates the MATE Desktop and offers a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern desktops, laptops, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes new computers fast and older computers usable.


Ubuntu MATE has a number of guiding objectives and goals.

  • Accessible to all, regardless of language and physical ability.
  • Increase both Ubuntu and MATE Desktop user adoption.
  • Ubuntu alternative for computers that aren’t powerful enough to run a composited desktop.
  • First choice Ubuntu platform for remote workstation solutions such as X2Go.
  • Recreate the halcyon days of Ubuntu for users who prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.
  • Use themes and artwork similar to Ubuntu so that Ubuntu MATE is immediately familiar.
  • When possible contribute to Debian so both the Debian and Ubuntu communities benefit.
  • Software selection will favour functionality and stability over lightness and whimsy.

New in Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Here is a run down of the headline features in Ubuntu MATE 16.04:

  • MATE Desktop 1.12.1
    • Touchpad support is significantly improved and now features multi touch and natural scrolling.
    • Multi monitor support has been improved so the display settings use output names and the revised UI lets you set the primary monitor.
    • The power applet now displays model and vendor information so you can distinguish between multiple battery powered devices.
    • Improved session management which now includes screensaver inhibition while playing media.
    • Extended systemd support.
    • Long standing bugs and many little usability paper-cuts were fixed.
    • Consistent categorisation of the Control Center and System menus.
    • See the MATE Desktop 1.12 release announcement for more details.
    • CPU resource requirements have been reduced across the board.
  • Complete overhaul of Ubuntu MATE Welcome
    • Incorporates Ubuntu MATE Software Boutique with one-click installs for nearly 150 best in class Linux desktop applications.
    • One-click install for popular applications that are not in the official Ubuntu archive, such as Google Chrome, InSync, Minecraft, Opera, Spotify, Steam, Skype, Syncthing, Telegram, TorBrowser and Vivaldi via the Software Boutique.
    • Pre-installation documentation and assistant.
    • System Information and Diagnostics.
    • Post-install setup and configuration assistant.
    • Added one-click enablement of the LibreOffice Fresh PPA to continually track stable LibreOffice releases.
    • One-click install of Drivers, Firmware and Codecs.
    • Includes Raspberry Pi specific documentation and features.
    • Translated in 20 languages.
  • Cross tooklit integration and theming
    • QT applications will inherit GTK theming.
    • Client Side Decorated and Header Bar applications render correctly in all supported window managers, even without compositing enabled in all shipped themes.
    • The default Ubuntu MATE themes have been refined to minimise differences between GTK3 and GTK2.
    • Deeper Compiz integration, gtk-window-manager now sources settings directly from MATE when Compiz is running in a MATE session.
  • Supports Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3
    • Including the Raspberry Pi 3 integrated Bluetooth and WiFi. Also includes Raspberry Pi accelerated versions of VLC, ffmpeg and Kodi.
    • Option to enable experimental hardware accelerated OpenGL rendering.
  • MATE Tweak capabilities have been extended.
    • Option to enable Keyboard LED to show a Caps Lock and Num Lock status indicator for modern laptops and wireless keyboards that no longer have built-in status LEDs.
    • Added Compton GPU accelerated compositing, as an alternative to Compiz, for those seeking tear free video playback.
    • Displays a confirmation after changing the compositor to either Compton or Compiz.
  • Added MATE Dock Applet developed by Robin Thompson.
    • A configurable dock applet that can be placed on any panel, in any orientation.
  • Added Topmenu Applet developed by Javier S. Pedro
    • A GTK+ module that allows placing a global menu in MATE panel applets.
    • The Ubuntu MATE team also added lxpanel-plugin-topmenu and xfce4-topmenu-plugin to the Debian and Ubuntu archives so those desktops can benefit too.
  • Added Mutiny panel layout which showcases mate-dock-applet and topmenu-gtk.
    • The traditional GNOME2 style two panel layout is, and will continue to be, the default.
    • The Mutiny layout is a Unity-like interface, designed to showcase MATE Dock Applet and Topmenu Applet.
  • Added Synapse which also includes complete MATE integration.
    • Synapse is a graphical launcher enabling you to start applications and also to quickly find and access relevant documents and files (by making use of the Zeitgeist engine).
    • The Synapse Launcher can be enabled via MATE Tweak.
  • Updated to Plank 0.11 and includes a new theme for Ubuntu MATE contributed by Holger Rueckershaeuser.
  • DVD and BluRay libraries are pre-installed
    • This doesn’t mean encrypted DVD and BluRay will play out-of-the-box, but they can be fully enabled via Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Vastly expanded language support, the full rationale on how we choose the languages and what we install is available from https://launchpad.net/bugs/1520278.
    • Including this wider language support has added ~400MB to the size of the .iso images.
  • Improved support for braille displays and a new indicator for changing accessibility profiles in Ubiquity.
  • Added an assortment of new community contributed background wallpapers, more consistent icons and icon rendering in menus is optimised.
  • …and many other minor improvements and hundreds of bug fixes.


Hardware requirements


  • Pentium III 750-megahertz
  • 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM
  • 8 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • Bootable DVD-ROM drive
  • Keyboard and Mouse (or other pointing device)
  • Video adapter and monitor with 1024 x 768 or higher resolution
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones


  • Core 2 Duo 1.6-gigahertz
  • 2 gigabytes (GB) RAM
  • 16 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • Bootable USB flash drive
  • Keyboard and Mouse (or other pointing device)
  • 3D capable video adapter and wide screen monitor with 1366 x 768 or higher resolution
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones

For more information please see the official Ubuntu Mate press release.

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