How to install MATE desktop environment in ubuntu 12.04(precise)/11.10 (Oneiric)

MATE is a fork of Gnome 2.It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors.

The name “MATE” comes from yerba maté, a species of holly native to subtropical South America. Its leaves contain caffeine and are used to make infusions and a beverage called mate.

What is new in MATE 1.2 version

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
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Mate themes were renamed to avoid conflicts with GNOME
A new MATE wallpaper was added
MATE now features its own icon

Install MATE desktop environment in ubuntu 12.04(precise)

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise 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

Install MATE desktop environment in ubuntu 11.10(Oneiric)

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu oneiric 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

Once you installed the MATE desktop you need to logout the existing session and you need to select MATE at logon screen

Remove MATE desktop environment in ubuntu 12.04/11.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

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

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

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11 thoughts on “How to install MATE desktop environment in ubuntu 12.04(precise)/11.10 (Oneiric)

  1. Doesn’t work for me. It shows an error on the first input line itself.

    :~$ sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main”
    Error: need a repository as argument

    Any solution or work around?

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    dawidg Reply:

    echo deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

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    Netra Reply:

    replace the “ ” with ” “

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    Netra Reply:

    …What I’m trying to say is you’ll have to type the ” “. The site is weird with them and the terminal doesn’t like the copied version of it.

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  2. I tried this-still needs too much work. I think I’ll keep trying every now and then. My problem was two thing right away: Not to be able to move launchers on panel properly, keyboard commands not working, eg. ctrl+alt+delete. The good: very responsive, equal or better than gnome-no effects. Please keep working on this.

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  3. Actually with this you will have to do the “sudo apt-get update” before keyring otherwise it can’t nab it. At least that is the case with 12.04. It will complain just say yes then install keyring.

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  4. After adding the repo, to install (including all dependencies):

    $ sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

    To uninstall (including all dependencies):

    $ sudo apt-get autoremove mate-desktop-environment

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  5. Hello,

    it lacks a line:

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main”

    this one —> 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

    Goodbye…

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    Boaslad Reply:

    Thanks Escienca. I was going to post the same thing. Without the additional “Update” it won’t see the keyring at all.

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  6. From ny experiense it’s too much better to install MATE on Xubuntu 12.04 instead of Ubuntu itself. Xubuntu doesn’t make any compability problems.

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