When I do a install of Ubuntu I get rid of the stuff I never use.
So do I!
Being that I don't mess with Torrent files, Transmission is among the first to be removed.
On the other hand, if there's something I need, will grab it, from the Software Manager or in some instances, through the Terminal.
It's been a bit back, I created a Topic in regards to Ubuntu MATE, right before it became an official Ubuntu flavor. The version that I linked, the LTS one, isn't an official one, and maybe that's why VMware Player wouldn't install, there was a component error that prevented install. A reinstall of the OS did no good.
However, as I named the Topic, Ubuntu MATE is like the old school Ubuntu, though there are ways to make modern Ubuntu OS's the same way & keep the core of the OS. Nick showed this to me, hopefully it would work with newer versions.
From what i can see so far,it comes pretty barebones OOTB
Yes, kind of the way XFCE installs are for the most part, little software as possible, yet few of these still fits on a CD anymore, most aren't that much smaller than their larger siblings (using Linux Mint for an example). Both the MATE & XFCE versions are 1.5GiB in size, while oddly, Cinnamon which has more features, is only 1.4GiB, and the largest is KDE at 1.6GiB. For comparison, all of these are the 64 bit versions.
Yet I know it to be fact that MATE (& Cinnamon) has more installed software than XFCE. Though likely once installed, some cleanup takes place & then there will be an installed size difference.
Ubuntu MATE likely has less software installed, to not be so bloated, which supports the other half of Nick's post.
Most people do not use at least half the software that's pre installed on distros like Ubuntu or Mint.
He's right, just as with any OS, most users are using at best, 25% of it's features & that's giving it the benefit of the doubt. Many installs their own preferred software, such as browsers & other software, from the Software Manager or direct download as a .deb file. (the way many installs Google Chrome & Earth). As well as Call Phones from GMail, which is 100% free calling to US users to make calls to any number in the US & Canada. The catches are, first & obvious, one must be inside of their GMail box, the 2nd, one doesn't get their own phone number, everyone shares the same one, which many scammers uses to make calls to rip folks off. So, if one doesn't answer your call w/out expecting you, don't blame them, they have no way of knowing whom it is, unless it's another Google Hangouts member (both parties would have to be members).
Yet for those who are interested, here's the Call Phones From GMail download. Be sure to select the proper bit version for your OS if prompted & the call phone option is right beside of your user picture to the left of the GMail screen after install, if logged in, a log out & back in will be needed. Click that, and the phone pops up in the bottom right corner of screen.
I'm not sure about global availability, yet it's been free in the US for years. Google announces at the end of each year if there's a price change or change in Terms.
Skype is also available for Linux users, right from the Software Manager. Most Linux OS's has many of the same benefits as other branded OS's, it's up to us to use these.