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How to Install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.10

Unity is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 12.10. Although, it has improved a lot but if you’re still looking for an alternative desktop with classic GNOME 2 style layout then you may try MATE.

MATE is a GNOME 2 based desktop, it’s easy to use, and the it’s stable too. it’s the default desktop environment in Linux Mint, an Ubuntu based distribution, more human-friendly for beginner users.

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Installing MATE

MATE Desktop environment is available for various platform, including ubuntu, fedora, etc. In Ubuntu, the best way to install MATE would be through the official PPA.

Open a terminal and execute the commands –

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

Applications Menu in MATE Desktop (running with Ubuntu 12.10)

Applications Menu in MATE Desktop

Update! Fixed some errors!

  • John Denver

    Mate is not a GNOME 3 based desktop.
    It relies on gtk2, with gnome 2 libraries renamed to mate, to avoid dependency conflicts with gnome 3

    • rkjha

      Oh! thanks for pointing that out! I’ll fix it.