I saw this question, GTK disappears while in sudo mode, which appeared to be about a derivative Ubuntu release.

Do we support derivatives of Ubuntu? Or have I misidentified the question?

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It's funny the difference a week makes.

Ubuntu MATE is official now; it is supported on Ask Ubuntu.

Standard rules apply though so bugs and major pre-release issues should primarily be reported through the bug tracking tools on Launchpad.

  • Thanks, I guess I'll be setting up a new VM this weekend....
    – Elder Geek
    Feb 28, 2015 at 17:30
  • The Ubuntu MATE website linked in the answer is now dead.
    – Carl H
    Mar 4, 2015 at 15:41
  • @CarlH Works for me... What are you seeing?
    – Oli Mod
    Mar 4, 2015 at 15:44
  • @Oli 404. I'm at work; maybe our corporate firewall has blocked it, although I'm sure I've been on there from work before (at lunch time, obviously!).
    – Carl H
    Mar 4, 2015 at 15:48
  • @Oli The website is still accessible from home.
    – Carl H
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:55
  • @ElderGeek I'm sure you don't need telling this but have a read of the release notes before installing UM in a VM - there's an issue about it being limited to 640x480 resolution.
    – Carl H
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:57
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    @CarlH No troubles here running Mate 1404.1 at 1440x900 full screen. (max res of my monitor). I did give the VM 128M Video RAM to get there.....
    – Elder Geek
    Mar 6, 2015 at 13:47

I think that is in the air right now, as they are on the way to be official and they have number releases corresponding with Ubuntu and still have "Ubuntu" in the title, as it seems the legal team is diligent in having derivatives remove that.

Since their goal is close compatibility, aka as pure as possible Ubuntu + Mate for the desktop - which can be added via ppa as well, it would be reasonable to let some through, till it's official.

However some still apply rules hard and fast without grey areas, and will still close until the day that happens.

This however isn't on the scale of mint, so I wouldn't be so fast to burn these questions.

So... tl;dr:

  • Official? No.
  • A recognized flavor? No.
  • Is it Mint? NO.
  • Will it be a flavor? Maybe.
  • Should it be burned on sight? I'm willing to wait until they request them to stop using the word "Ubuntu" before we do that.
  • So what's the consensus? Wait?
    – Elder Geek
    Feb 18, 2015 at 18:23
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    Do what your conscience tells you to do.
    – Mateo
    Feb 18, 2015 at 18:38
  • I'll continue to use my best judgement until I hear different from the community.
    – Elder Geek
    Feb 18, 2015 at 18:41
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    Until very, very recently I thought Ubuntu Mate was an official flavour of Ubuntu.
    – Carl H
    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:32

My opinion:

As long as it is NOT included in the official list on Ubuntu.com or includes as an exception in our help section it is off topic.

In relation to that specific topic: closing something as a duplicate is better than closing something as off topic even when the question is related to an unofficial release. We are a friendly bunch though sometimes some of us can not prevent being firm or even (a bit) harsh but the 1st does an attempt to help the user and the 2nd just cuts of the user.

  • Thank you. I retracted my initial close vote on that as I was unsure how to proceed. I'm happy to see now that a duplicate was found which will likely be helpful to the OP.
    – Elder Geek
    Feb 21, 2015 at 18:30

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