How to Install MATE Desktop Environment 1.4.0 On Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13/Debian

MATE Desktop Environment 1.4.0 has been released and announced by Mate Desktop Developer team. MATE Desktop Environment is a traditional looking desktop environment derived from Gnome 2, specially designed for Gnome 2 Fans who did not want to switch to Gnome 3 for several reason.  On this release, MATE Desktop Environment 1.4.0  fixes numerous bugs, new themes, improvements and bug fixes..

mate desktop environment 1.4

Here’s some changes of MATE Desktop Environment 1.4.0 :

  • New themes added to mate-notification-daemon
  • Mate-icon-theme-faenza now available
  • Mate-character-map now available
  • Mate-screensaver now supports GDM user switching
  • Mate-keyring and libmatekeyring backends updated and now integrate properly
  • Caja-dropbox package now available
  • File sharing now available via bluetooth
  • Added option to use fast alt-tabbing when compositing is enabled in marco
  • Removed indicator-applet-session
  • Removed nyancat from the mate-desktop about dialog
  • Forked libwnck (now libmatewnck)

Caja improvements:

  • Added a button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog
  • Bookmarks can now be opened in the places side pane via the enter and space keys
  • Restored toggle button for text based location bar

For further information about this release, HERE

Install MATE Desktop Environment 1.4 On Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13/Debian

Ubuntu 12.04 – To install MATE Desktop Environment 1.4 on your Ubuntu 12.04, add a PPA and install it with following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Linux Mint 13 – use the repository  for Ubuntu, then edit file /etc/apt/preferences with followoing commads:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"
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sudo cat >> /etc/apt/preferences <<-EOF
Package: *
Pin: origin packages.mate-desktop.org
Pin-Priority: 700
EOF
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Debian wheezy – Edit file /etc/apt/source.list then add repo Mate Desktop Environment

sudo cat >> /etc/apt/source.list <<-EOF
deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/debian wheezy main
EOF
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
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Done!!..

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