Ultimate Edition has a lot going for it. However, the latest release, version 5.4, also reflects numerous missteps that developers of a seasoned Linux distro should avoid.
Ultimate Edition is a fork of two popular Debian-based Linux families — Ubuntu and Linux Mint. First released in December 2006, this distro aimed to take the best of both Linux entities and blend in a fresh mix of visually stimulating features.
Ultimate’s developers took a path that diverged somewhat from the two new desktop environments that were the hallmarks of its forked heritage. Ubuntu crafted the Unity desktop, while Linux Mint popularized the homegrown Cinnamon desktop.
Instead, Ultimate Edition Linux focused on the MATE desktop. The MATE community forked the discontinued GNOME 2 environment when the GNOME 3 community introduced some radical user interface changes.
This latest version, released last month, is based on the just-released Ubuntu 17.04 and adds the Budgie desktop. This is my first major disappointment in dealing with the Ultimate Edition. The developer, who goes by the moniker “TheeMahn,” said that this release would offer Budgie as an option — but it was still missing three weeks after version 5.4 hit the download queue.
Budgie has a more modern design than MATE. They both emulate GNOME 2’s look and feel. Budgie is less refined than MATE, but its fresh design promises to bring more user options.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht