I switched to iLinux because of MATE on steroids!
I like what the devs have done to MATE in iLinux though it was kinda strange at first cause i couldn't change anything in the top panel and it felt weird. MATE is a truly complete Desktop and unlike XFCE/LXDE/etc, MATE doesn't feel like a half-assed job done in the name of being "light-weight". All those people that go after lightweight forget about usability. Lightweight is no use when you lack basic features.
I was shocked when i saw the Control Center screenshots and for a moment i thought was that MATE or Cinnamon WTF?! :o
Having tried XFCE too i say this: XFCE and MATE, though they might appear to be the same, there is a whole lot of difference between "uses more memory" and "runs faster" concepts. My old Xubuntu installation was sure enough quite economical in the use of RAM, but the MATE installation is faster and feels snappier - i really don't care how much RAM it actually uses cause unused RAM is wasted RAM anyways, isn't it? If you are happy with the app speed and responsiveness on your desktop, why should you even care how much memory it uses?
MATE is a solid and usable DE. I'm personally not a fan of Gnome3/Unity and the idea of removing useful things for the sake of "simplicity" or changing things just for the sake of changing them. IMO there isn't anything like MATE at the moment in terms of environments (that im aware of) so i'm glad that it's the base for iLinux UI and people have the option of an "elevated" MATE derivative.
iLinux proved to me how expandable and useful MATE is in real use case scenarios. You can fool around, linux ricing, distro hopping and bitch with any linux distro but you can't work with any linux distro. I mean iLinux devs were very smart: instead of creating a new DE from scratch they tweaked MATE to hell and created a new DE unlike any other in terms of usability and speed combo.
Also i absolutely dig the total freedom of speech in this forum: come in, no censorship, talk without register, gone. I've had enough with toxic linux forums and fucked up moderators all those years. Disco rules! My 2 cents...