Ubuntu 17.10 has finally moved to GNOME 3, leaving behind Canonical’s own Unity shell for Ubuntu. When Ubuntu left GNOME, though, GNOME was at version 2 and a lot has changed since then with GNOME 3. Some might even say it’s something else entirely. GNOME 2 lives on today as the MATE desktop supported by a group of FOSS enthusiasts. MATE is also one of the officially supported flavors of Ubuntu. It would make sense if Canonical had switched to MATE. However, Ubuntu MATE 17.10 has been around since late last year and comes with some really nice wallpapers. We have all Ubuntu MATE Stock wallpapers for download.
The MATE desktop has two panes by default, one at the top and one at the bottom, just like the classic GNOME desktop. The top panel features the usual things like time and date, system icons, etc. on the right and menu items on the left. You can also pin apps to this top panel. The bottom pane is more like the Windows XP taskbar in that it shows all currently open windows along with their names. On the extreme left is the show desktop button. On the right is my favorite feature of this dual-pane desktop shell. The left side of the bottom panel lets you switch between four different virtual desktops or desktops, thus reducing at least one unnecessary step in the overall process.
And that’s basically what Ubuntu MATE is all about. Even if you use it the standard way, you’ll find it to be one of the most productive desktop experiences out there. You can get things done quickly without having to rely on keyboard shortcuts. My time with the MATE desktop was pretty limited on the multiple occasions I tried. Mainly because I’m not exactly a fan of the two-panel system, as easy as it is. Of course, I can change the MATE to look like I want it, yay open source. But I never did.
Ubuntu MATE has been praised by users for keeping the true spirit of GNOME, but that doesn’t mean everyone likes it. It’s one thing to support something and another to use it. I’ve never been a fan of all orange in Ubuntu. MATE’s green is more for me and if you feel the same way, you will definitely like these wallpapers. This is not to say that all the wallpapers included here are green, but many of them are. Each of these wallpapers is full HD, with a resolution of 1920×1080. The images included below are from the latest version of Ubuntu MATE 17.10 only. These are full size so you can click on a thumbnail to reveal the image and save it. The entire collection containing all Ubuntu MATE stock wallpapers has been zipped into a zip file which you can download using the link at the bottom.