Ubuntu MATE Remix Official Spin Status

Hello Linux Geeksters, Now, a custom spin of Ubuntu that uses the MATE desktop environment by default is looking to gain official flavor status.

The Mate Desktop environment, forked from the now deprecated GNOME 2 codebase, continues to ship with older versions of many popular GTK+2 apps, including Nautilus (known as ‘Caja’), Gedit (renamed ‘Pluma‘) and Metacity (called’Marco‘).

Ubuntu MATE Remix

Ubuntu MATE Remix

But it was only earlier this year with the formation of ‘Ubuntu MATE Remix’, spearheaded by developer Martin Wimpress, that Ubuntu fans have been treated to a first-class implementation of it.

After releasing a pair of alpha releases based on Ubuntu 14.10, the flavor is now on course to gain official spin status from Canonical. This endorsement not only grants greater community visibility (fuelling popularity) but comes with additional infrastructure and integration benefits with mainline Ubuntu.

Ubuntu MATE Remix

Ubuntu MATE Remix

Ubuntu MATE Remix 14.04 get a more stable version, MATE 1.8 can be installed on Ubuntu 14.04 via the Mate Repository.

  • $ echo “deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/archive/1.8/ubuntu trusty main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mate-desktop.list
  • $ wget -qO – http://mirror1.mate-desktop.org/debian/mate-archive-keyring.gpg | sudo apt-key add –
  • $ sudo apt-get update
  • $ sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-notification-daemon