On Tue, 24 Sep, 2019 at 13:41:08 -0600, Frank Cox wrote: > Without wanting to sound too pushy, I'm wondering if there is any update on the status of Mate now that Centos 8 has been released? > > I would love to jump on C8 and start playing with it, but the lack of Mate is kind of a showstopper for me at the moment. > If the availability of a particular desktop environment is a showstopper, then perhaps RHEL and CentOS are not the best choice for you. RHEL 8 has dropped KDE, never mind Mate. Providing and maintaining alternative desktop environments over the (long) life cycle of CentOS 8 will require a sustained effort by volunteers over many years. I wouldn't count on $PREFERRED_DESKTOP_ENVIRONMENT continuing to be available over that time frame.