The new version will support nine months, MATE 1.18 as the default desktop environment. We have made great efforts to improve Ubuntu MATE 17.04 in the following ways:
MATE team did a great job, released MATE 1.18.0, completed the GTK 3 transition;
Fixed countless bugs and introduced some new features that were needed very much;
DanielForé contributed a new icon for style and panache;
Solus’s Ikey Doherty has partnered with Ubuntu MATE to create the Brisk menu;
Dave and other contributors from Linux contributed a new black theme Ambiant-MATE Dark …
See the release notes for complete updates .