How To Install Gnome 2 Fork Mate Desktop In Ubuntu 13.10 [Quick Tip]

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 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.

Install Mate desktop environment in Ubuntu 13.10

What you think of Mate?? Is it worth to switch to Mate from Unity? Do share your views.

  • Mohamed Ahmed

    I really prefer GNOME 2 over GNOME 3 and Unity. I think it is more customizable. GNOME 2 should be brought back to life! Those fancy new features of Unity are not used by everyone, they should be included with what all people used to, that is GNOME 2 experience.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      As the world goes mobile, it is necessary to narrow the difference between the two. Unity is working on the same aim. Gnome 2 is alive in a way as there will be Ubuntu Mate Remix based on Ubuntu 14.04.

  • Ardit Dashaj

    Even it seems wierd… I like Unity DE, but with Gnome I’ve started using RedHat and after ubuntu and since ubuntu 7.10 it becamed default OS in every PC we had. With that look as MAC OS, it was perfect in a menu based and categorised in simple logical way, it helped me much to introduce ubuntu beginers passing way from other platforms even more than KDE. Still I like Unity, but i think that ubuntu showld have Gnome 2 as a second DE.