How to Install MATE Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04/Ubuntu 11.10

MATE Desktop 1.2 for stable version has been release by MATE team,  It’s a fork of Gnome 2, provides classic gnome style UI for people feel uncomfortable with Gnome 3 gnome-shell desktop. MATE Desktop is new version of the popular Desktop Environment has had a large amount of work done to it to further distance itself from GNOME, fixing all known conflicts with having GNOME installed side-by-side and finishing the process of removing all references to the original in the file structure.

MATE Desktop 1.2 - How to Install MATE Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 11.10

The new packages to the MATE Desktop world include Mozo as a fork of Alacarte, Python-Caja, Caja-gksu, and Caja-image-converter.

Here’s news Changes and improvements in MATE Desktop 1.2 stable version:

  • Mate-open is a lot faster
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • All conflicts with GNOME were fixed
  • All configuration files were moved to ~/.config/mate
  • An undo/redo feature was added in Caja
  • Libmate’s mate-open command is now faster to open applications.
  • Mate settings daemon now supports the PulseAudio and GStreamer backends
  • New applications: mozo (alacarte fork), python-caja, caja-gksu, caja-image-converter
  • Artwork:
    • Mate themes were renamed to avoid conflicts with GNOME
    • A new MATE wallpaper was added
    • MATE now features its own icon

Here’s a simple intallation tutorial on How to install MATE Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and 11.10 Oneiric

How to Install MATE Desktop 1.2 in Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 11.10

MATE Desktop Environment package not yet available in Official Ubuntu repository, So, to install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and 11.10 Oneiric, add the repository MATE Desktop Environment and install MATE Desktop in Ubuntu, you can use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

If you have an error in ubuntu 12.04, fix by adding “MATE” to “OnlyShowIn” for the /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop file

How to remove MATE Desktop from Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

If you want to remove MATE Desktop in ubuntu 12.04/11.10, you can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove atril atril-common caja caja-common engrampa engrampa-common ffmpegthumbnailer-caja libcaja-extension libmarco libmate libmate-common libmatecanvas libmatecomponent libmatecomponentui libmateconf libmatecorba libmatedesktop libmatekbd libmatekeyring libmatemenu libmatenotify libmatepanelapplet libmatepolkit libmateui libmatevfs libmateweather libmateweather-common marco marco-common mate-applets mate-applets-common mate-backgrounds mate-conf mate-conf-common mate-control-center mate-corba mate-core mate-desktop mate-desktop-common mate-dialogs mate-icon-theme mate-keyring mate-media mate-menus mate-mime-data mate-panel mate-panel-common mate-polkit mate-power-manager mate-power-manager-common mate-screensaver mate-session-manager mate-settings-daemon mate-settings-daemon-common mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer mate-system-monitor mate-terminal mate-terminal-common mate-text-editor mate-themes mate-vfs mate-vfs-common mate-window-manager python-mate

To remove all extra MATE packages (mate-desktop-environment), use the following command below:

sudo apt-get remove libmatesensorsappletplugin mate-calc mate-desktop-environment mate-netspeed mate-sensors-applet mate-system-tools mate-utils mozo python-mate-menu system-tools-backends

Have fun with new MATE desktop environment, you can find out more About blog posting. There’s also a MATE road-map detailing some of their future plans


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