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Linux Mint 14 : with Mate Desktop

Linux Mint 14 released!

Linux Mint 14 (code named as Nadia) is released (check out official release notes). It’s based on Ubuntu 12.10, released last month, but unlike Ubuntu, it uses Mate as the default desktop environment (although other editions are also available e.g Cinnamon, KDE, XFCE etc). So if you’re a beginner – not comfortable with the Unity (the default desktop (on the top of Gnome 3)), then you must give it a try. Linux Mint is one of the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution, and it has gained a lot of popularity in last few months.

Linux Mint 14 : with Mate Desktop

What’s new in Linux Mint 14 – “Nadia” ?

Linux Mint 14 has lots of new features, bug fixes and performance improvements/tweaks, some of the important features are (full detailed info on this) –

  • solid and stable – MATE desktop
  • Cinnamon 1.6 (in Cinnamon edition, with lot of bug fixes)
  • Cool workspaces
  • Notifications applet
  • Windows quicklist
  • better sound applet
  • Nemo File Manager (in Cinnamon edition)

Cool workspaces in Linux Mint 14 (Cinnamon Edition)

cinnamon-workspaces - Linux Mint

Download Linux Mint 14

Download Linux Mint 14 (for 32 bit or 64 bit, with or without proprietary plugins/codecs)

New to Linux Mint ? you may want to read things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 (although it’s about Ubuntu 12.10 but most of the tips should also work fine, on Linux Mint 14)

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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!