LAST night I received a timely recommendation of the Debian-based MakuluLinux. For more details and background see the main page of MakuluLinux , this recent video review , and a very brief announcement of an upcoming release with MATE , which is described in this old post .
There is a lot more information out there about MakuluLinux Mate Edition , whose 1.8 version is being planned/finalised/slated for release this Monday . There isn't yet an official site announcement, but the links to the Preview Edition will hopefully help those who want to try out the distro. It is a "true" community distro of GNU/Linux. █