How To Install MATE Desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

The MATE is new Desktop environment for Ubuntu, especially support with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

The Ubuntu MATE Remix team recently made it deliciously easy for anyone running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to install the latest MATE 1.8.1 desktop.

And all of the requisite packages have been side ported from Debian, popped into a PPA, and sprinkled with custom artwork, some fine-tuning and paired with a few extra apps.

The MATE desktop also uses its own network applet (so if you see two in the system tray, this is why), plymouth and desktop themes; doesn’t use the standard ‘indicator applets’ for messaging, volume, etc.; and, naturally, there’s no global menu applet support, either.

MATE Desktop

MATE Desktop

How to install MATE Desktop

  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop

After installation has completed please log out.

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  1. Ewagelos September 1, 2014