UMix is a remix of Ubuntu Linux with MATE and Unity 7 desktop environments, with the latest version of UMix v20.04 based on the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa”.
While Unity 7 desktop is not actively developed any longer, as it is now shipped in Ubuntu Linux by default, many users still prefer it over GNOME. Also, Ubuntu bundles Nautilus as default file manager, however due to lack of some features on Nautilus release, UMix had to switch to Caja as the default file manager.
And subsequently, several pre-installed Caja extensions are made available for use to perform actions directly from the right-click context menu, such as image resizing and so forth.
Overview of UMix 20.04 (Ubuntu Remix With MATE and Unity 7 Desktops)
As Ubuntu 20.04 is an LTS release, it will receive updates during a five years schedule until April 2025, which also applies to UMix system package, including changes from the upstream Ubuntu repository.
UMix 20.04 include two new entries on the ISO boot menu, and to troubleshoot issues, you can simply boot the system in debug mode or boot it with animation using normal entries.
However, if you do not want dual boot with your current operating system, there is an option to run UMix as a Virtual Machine. And the support for VirtualBox is now better than before with a dynamic display for the host system. Also you can access the content from a shared folder when still logged in to Live session.
There are two ISO editions, Unity 7 and MATE based, with the MATE edition having a classic light theme and suitable for people who prefer the MATE desktop. It offers an alternative for the future, in case Unity desktop is removed from Ubuntu repos, or other reasons.
The ISO editions include popular applications such as GIMP, Shutter, and LibreOffice. Also, you can use a minimal install by selecting the “Minimal installation” option during installation. Albeit, the minimal install is not recommended for most users, as it is pretty minimal in function.
How To Get Started with UMix 20.04
If you want to get started with UMix 20.04, you need to download and install the system packages. The ISO images are currently available in two editions based on the Unity 7 and MATE desktop environments.
UMix, unlike other Linux remix distros, such as UbuntuDDE that come free of charges, attracts a subscription fee of $15 and you get a download link via email on confirmation of payment. The subscription, however, is a one-time payment which covers all future releases.