This morning like Oliver Grawert I learned a variety of Linux related news sites had decided to cover a discussion from a few weeks ago on the Ubuntu Devel mailing list surrounding the possibility of a Ubuntu MATE Remix.
The coverage in the media has been pretty mixed, but I was disappointed to see some sites trying to put a spin on things and suggesting that this was Canonical being critical of Linux Mint which is not the case. In fact for the most part Clement Lefebvre has clarified that what Oli and I said was accurate that being that certain updates in Linux Mint are not enabled by default and that Firefox on LMDE (Debian Edition of Linux Mint) was not always updated as much as it probably should have been but now is updated automatically.
I wanted to post briefly and just say that my personal opinion is that Kernel and Xorg updates are important for users to have, and Ubuntu Developers are diligent in testing updates to packages and addressing regressions.
I do not think stability and performance are as big of an issue as Clem alludes them to be, and I think it is important for users to have security updates for all packages automatically without having to do anything extra to get them.
Anyways this post is not to try to convince anyone of my opinion nor was the original discussion on the mailing list.
Lets get back to making awesome free software for our users! FOSS Yeaaaah!