When comparing Ubuntu MATE vs Bedrock, the Slant community recommends Bedrock for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Bedrock is ranked 34th while Ubuntu MATE is ranked 72nd.
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Pro Works great on old laptops
It does not have a lot of system requirements so it works pretty well even on older laptops.
Pro Simplicity of Gnome with the power of Ubuntu
Debian was good to use but has limited documentation and is difficult to pick up. Ubuntu MATE brings the ease of design and logic of the Gnome 2 style desktop so it's easy to get around coupled with the vast documentation, forums and ease of learning/using the Ubuntu system.
Pro Perfect for people who like Gnome 2
The goal of MATE is to maintain the look and feel of Gnome 2, while maintaining compatibility with Gnome 3. To that end, it has also forked and renamed many of Gnome's core applications. It benefits from the years of work and polish that have gone into the Gnome project.
Pro Highly configurable
Comes with an option to configure as Windows-like, Mac-like, Gnome-like, etc. in a single click. Wonderful to get you started without having to learn it all from scratch.
Pro Behaves like Ubuntu with Unity - after Ubuntu-Gnome transformation
No better place to continue Unity experience with Ubuntu (Left-side panel, HUD) and not as awkward as Gnome.
Pro Based on Ubuntu
Pro Choose your init system
Pro Choose your package manager
Pro Virtually every pro from every linux distro
Since Bedrock lets you pick and choose the best parts from each distro, every single pro from each distro applies to Bedrock.
Pro Pick and choose what you want from other distros
Want Debian's stable base and Arch's pacman for bleeding edge packages?
Want the security of Qubes OS and Gentoo's portage?
With the correct setup all this can be achieved.
Con No very good Software Center by default
The Software Boutique is not good. You can install Gnome Software from it.
Con Too much bloat included by default
There is absolutely no reason to install it, since it uses the same package repositories as Ubuntu and you can transform any Ubuntu install into a Ubuntu MATE install.
Con Not bleeding edge
Users who want the latest and greatest software would be happier using Arch Linux, Antergos or another rolling release distro. However, because Ubuntu MATE is based on Ubuntu, users still have access to a large repository of recent software.
Con Often increases boot times
Since Bedrock has to load the strata before handing control to the chosen init system, it can make booting your machine take longer.
Con Difficulty setting up
Bedrock can be challenging to setup properly with the correct strata.