In this quick and simple post I will show you how to install Linux Mint‘s MATE desktop on Ubuntu 11.10 – Ubuntu 12.10. Linux Mint’s MATE desktop is something really worth trying if you are thinking about changing to a different desktop and don’t want something fancy like Unity. This will not remove Unity and you can always switch back if you like it better. This is one of a few 3 different desktop environments you can get pre-installed with Linux Mint. To start installing MATE desktop on Ubuntu you will need to add the correct repository. Open up a new terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and run one of the following commands:
Install MATE Desktop On Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzel
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu quantal main”
Install MATE Desktop On Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main”
Install MATE Desktop On Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu oneiric main”
After you have done this you will need to update your available packages list, then install the keyring and update one more time.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
The last thing you need to do is install the actual packages for the MATE desktop by using of the commands found below, you have the option for a minimal install and full install.
(Basic MATE Install)
sudo apt-get install mate-core
(Full MATE Install)
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
Now you have finished installing the MATE desktop, to switch to this you will have to log out and change your session to MATE and log back in. If you are running the default Ubuntu login screen then you will see an Ubuntu logo by your login name, this is where the menu is located.
I hope this has helped you get Linux Mint’s MATE desktop running on Ubuntu. Please don’t forget to like/share/plusone this post as it will help the blog out a ton. Thank you!