The Alpha release for new Ubuntu operating systems and its flavors is not usually all that interesting. Most of the cool stuff happens later in the development cycle, but the Ubuntu MATE developers want to show that they are way beyond that.
The next Ubuntu release is an LTS one, which means that it’s going to be supported for the next five years. Ubuntu MATE follows the main distribution and also provides five years of support. It did so for the 14.04 LTS branch, and it’s very likely that it will happen for 16.04 as well.
Some of you might notice that Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS Alpha 1 doesn’t ship with MATE 1.12.1, but that should be available in the next couple of days. You can download the Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS Alpha 1 from the official website and please remember that it’s not meant for productions machines.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht