It’s been more than 2 years since Ubuntu ditched Gnome for Unity. Even Gnome moved on with an altogether new desktop approach with Gnome 3 desktop environment. But some long time Linux user still prefer the simplicity of Gnome 2 and the traditional desktop experience. And that is where Mate desktop environment comes in picture.
Mate is a fork of Gnome 2 developed by an Arch Linux user. Mate is available for a wide variety of Linux distribution but in this quick tip we’ll see how to install Mate desktop environment in Ubuntu 13.10.
Install Mate desktop environment in Ubuntu 13.10:
Installing Mate desktop environment is very easy. Just use the following commands in terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu saucy main" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
In case you encounter an error like W: GPG error: The following signatures couldn’t be verified check the link to fix it.
I ran Mate desktop enviornment for couple of hours and I did not find any issue. Actually, it was a bit nostalgic to run the good old Gnome Classic. Take a look at the screenshot of Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate desktop environment.
What you think of Mate?? Is it worth to switch to Mate from Unity? Do share your views.