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Offline buster

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Re: Linux Distros best for beginners
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2017, 08:53:47 am »
"Ubuntu MATE Is Now An Official Ubuntu Flavor"

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/02/ubuntu-mate-is-now-an-official-ubuntu-flavor

And Wikipedia notes this as well. Happened  in Feb 2015

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Re: Linux Distros best for beginners
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2017, 05:30:58 pm »
"Ubuntu MATE Is Now An Official Ubuntu Flavor"

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/02/ubuntu-mate-is-now-an-official-ubuntu-flavor

And Wikipedia notes this as well. Happened  in Feb 2015

Interesting. I think I had read this and just noted that it wasn't an official Canonical project.

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Is Ubuntu MATE an official Canonical project?
No, it is an Ubuntu community project.

But then lower down it also says:

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Is Ubuntu MATE an official Ubuntu “flavour”?
Ubuntu MATE 15.04 and onward are official Ubuntu flavours.
Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and Ubuntu MATE 14.10 are unofficial builds.

Source: https://ubuntu-mate.org/faq/

I"m assuming they're saying that Canonical doesn't direct them but Canonical is okay with them? This sounds like only something that the developers would understand the nuance of. I don't know how it affects the project for us end-users.
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Re: Linux Distros best for beginners
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2017, 05:33:50 pm »
Though it's not that obvious to find (have to go right to the bottom), there is a page for Ubuntu "flavours" here and Ubuntu MATE is on so I'll remove the "spin-off" language. Thanks for the info, Harry.

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu-flavours
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Re: Linux Distros best for beginners
« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2017, 11:32:13 am »
Something else in favour of Ubuntu mate:

If you check for updates through Software Updater, it finds the security and important needed updates and lets you proceed without a password. When you try to add software in general, because you are altering the system, you must enter your password.

That seems a really good compromise for someone learning the role of an administrator in Linux, as opposed to the Windows environment where the user is automatically root.

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Re: Linux Distros best for beginners
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2017, 02:15:07 am »
That's interesting. Is that only when you ran the updater yourself? I tried that way and you're right there, no password required. I think it still asks you for your password when it runs automatically though but maybe not. Will have to wait for it to come up again :)
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