How to Add Mate Desktop Environment 1.8 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Mate 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - 01

This tutorial will describe how to install mate desktop environment version 1.8 in ubuntu 14.04 LTS. As we know, MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

MATE 1.8 is the new version of mate desktop environment bringing several improvements and new features, like support for Metacity as the window manager, control center support for Metacity as window manager, Caja file manager have option to use IEC units instead of SI units and “Open parent location” option in the search view context menu, Marco (window manager): added side-by-side tiling (windows snapping), Panel: Added support to run dialog and main menu opening with Metacity keybindings, Screensaver: show date and time in lock dialog. more about changes and new feature of mate 1.8 you can read on MATE 1.8 release announcement 

MATE Desktop Environment 1.8 will be available by default in Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate Edition.

Install Mate 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Derivatives

To install Mate desktop environemnt 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS you need to add the repository mate 1.8 with the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb trusty main"

Download and install mate-keyring

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Update the repository and install MATE desktop environemnt 1.8:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-notification-daemon

Once the installation is complete, logout from your current session. Click the icon in the upper-right of the Ubuntu login screen and corner will be a menu with all the options currently desktop environments installed. the latest addition to this list will be the “MATE” Click on this and then put your login credentials to enter and confirm the new desktop environment.

change session mate desktop

The following video created by LinuxScoop and is describes how to install the latest version of MATE 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Original video can found here

The following several screenshot MATE Desktop 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS trusty tahr:

To completely remove/uninstall mate 1.8 and all package installed, from terminal run the following command:

sudo apt-get remove atril atril-common caja caja-common engrampa engrampa-common eom eom-common gir1.2-mate-panel libatril libcaja-extension1 libmarco-private0 libmate-desktop-2-17 libmate-menu2 libmate-panel-applet4-1 libmatekbd-common libmatekbd4 libmateweather-common libmateweather1 marco marco-common mate-applets mate-applets-common mate-backgrounds mate-calc mate-calc-common mate-control-center mate-core mate-desktop mate-desktop-common mate-desktop-environment mate-dialogs mate-dialogs-common mate-icon-theme mate-media mate-media-common mate-media-gstreamer mate-menus mate-notification-daemon mate-panel mate-panel-common mate-polkit mate-polkit-common mate-power-manager mate-power-manager-common mate-screensaver mate-screensaver-common mate-session-manager mate-settings-daemon mate-settings-daemon-common mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer mate-system-monitor mate-terminal mate-terminal-common mate-themes mate-utils mate-utils-common pluma pluma-common

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