How To Install Mate Desktop In Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10

Tutorial to install Mate Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

The other week we saw about installing Cinnamon in Ubuntu. This week we’ll see how to install Mate desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.

I think you might have already heard of Mate desktop environment. A fork of now dead classic GNOME 2, Mate provides the classic desktop experience with latest applications. Mate is an official flavor of Linux Mint. While there is also an unofficial flavor of Ubuntu named as Ubuntu Mate.

We will actually use the packages provided by Ubuntu Mate team to easily install Mate desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04. Please note that the same method is NOT applicable for installing Mate in Linux Mint 17.

Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10

Before you go on with Mate installation, I must tell you that Mate messes with Unity a little (not a lot). So you may face couple of compatibility issue if you come back to Unity. So no prizes for guessing that you should not try it on production system of if you want a stable system.

The PPAs we are going to use install several third party applications while installing Mate 1.8. Total download size amounts to 350 MB so pay attention to your network connection, if you have data limit or speed constraints.

Okay, so you have been warned :) Now, to install Mate in Ubuntu, open a terminal and use the following commands:

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 ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop

Using Mate desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Once you have installed Mate, log out of the system. On the login screen, click on Ubuntu sign, besides the username, to choose a desktop environment:

Change desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04

In here, you’ll see plenty of options. Choose Mate to use Mate desktop environment:

Using Mate desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Select that and enter your password and then you will be logged in to Mate desktop environment. Here is how did it look on my notebook. I really liked the Ubuntu Mate background.

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Install Mate Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

In my brief testing, I did not find any visible issue with Mate. But then, I didn’t try a lot of things. Experience was smooth and no glitches were seen.

Going back to Unity from Mate

If you want to switch between Mate and Unity, restart the system (I did not see logout option in my brief testing). At login screen, you can switch between desktop from the right corner screen:

swicth between Unity and Mate in Ubuntu

You may find that there are two network indicator applets running when you switch back to Unity.

Remove Mate desktop from Ubuntu 14.04

Okay! so you tried Mate and you did not like it. Now, how to uninstall Mate from Ubuntu? To do that, we shall be using PPA Purge. Install PPA Purge using the following command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Once you have installed PPA Purge, use the following commands to purge all the packages installed by those PPAs and revert the system back to what was before:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate

It just doesn’t end there. Uninstall remaining Mate packages also:

sudo apt-get remove mate-*
sudo apt-get autoremove

This will uninstall (almost) all the Mate packages. So now you won’t even see the Ubuntu Mate background while logging out.

Fix two network indicators after installing Mate

Even after you have removed everything related to Mate, you’ll see two network indicator in top panel. To get rid of one of them, do the following:

cd /etc/xdg/autostart
sudo rm *mate*

Reboot the system to take the changes in effect.

Get Unity greeter back after installing Mate

Still seeing Mate login screen? To fix that create new lighdm configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Add the following lines in this file:

[SeatDefaults]
greeter-session=unity-greeter
user-session=ubuntu

Reboot the system.

Unfortunately, by the time I am writing this article, I still have two issues remaining, one is that I still have two network indicator applets and second is that Unity Greeter is still showing the Mate version. I’ll fix them tomorrow perhaps, as I need to take my “beauty sleep”.

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Did you install Mate in Ubuntu 14.04? How is your experience with it? If you face any issues or have questions, feel free to drop a comment. Ciao :)

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I installed the latest version of Ubuntu Mate and it seemed to work ok until we noticed that the Applications dropdown was blank and did not work. My colleagues and I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how to fix this but never got it to work. We also found some work arounds but ended up removing Mate. If anyone knows how to resolve this and have the Applications dropdown populated let me know and maybe we will give it another try.
Thanks

Hello, I am trying to change the desktop environment on ubuntu 14.04.2 to mate, but when I paste the first command:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa

nothing is happening, when I kill it (ctrl+C) it gives me that screen output, if you know how to handle that it would be of great help for me.

^CTraceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/apt-add-repository", line 118, in
shortcut = shortcut_handler(line)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 837, in shortcut_handler
ret = factory(shortcut)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 376, in shortcut_handler
return PPAShortcutHandler(shortcut)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 348, in __init__
info = get_ppa_info(shortcut)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 324, in get_ppa_info
ret = get_ppa_info_from_lp(user, ppa_name)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 115, in get_ppa_info_from_lp
return _get_https_content_py3(lp_url)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 120, in _get_https_content_py3
lp_page = urllib.request.urlopen(request, cafile=LAUNCHPAD_PPA_CERT)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 153, in urlopen
return opener.open(url, data, timeout)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 455, in open
response = self._open(req, data)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 473, in _open
'_open', req)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 433, in _call_chain
result = func(*args)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 1273, in https_open
context=self._context, check_hostname=self._check_hostname)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/urllib/request.py", line 1232, in do_open
h.request(req.get_method(), req.selector, req.data, headers)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 1065, in request
self._send_request(method, url, body, headers)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 1103, in _send_request
self.endheaders(body)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 1061, in endheaders
self._send_output(message_body)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 906, in _send_output
self.send(msg)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 841, in send
self.connect()
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/http/client.py", line 1197, in connect
self.timeout, self.source_address)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/socket.py", line 500, in create_connection
sock.connect(sa)
KeyboardInterrupt

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Are you using a proxy network by any chance?

Author

use sudo -E apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
in fact replace sudo with sudo -E in the above commands.

I'm currently running UbuntuGome. Will this work with it?

works nicely! also i have succesfully dual-booted unbuntugnome with windows 8.1 on hp envy with UEFI and efi partition.(after months of tryng) I did not disable secure boot loader and installed it to windows bootloader dev/sda. as soon as i figure out exactly what i did i will post on ubuntu forum under ubialan

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If you write it with screenshots that can be easily followed by beginners, you can guest post it here as well :)

Hi Dear Abhishek I installed Ubuntu 14.4 but i cant hear any sound and no audio too can you help how to fix this please ? Thanks

Great desktop environment. Solved double icons issues but unable to get back Log Out option on my panel. Any idea how can I get it back?

"Unfortunately, by the time I am writing this article, I still have two
issues remaining, one is that I still have two network indicator applets
and second is that Unity Greeter is still showing the Mate version"

Do you find something new for that ???

System > Control center > Start up applications > Remove check for your first network manager.

Author

A dirty one. I'll update the post over the weekend.

Hi. Please share your dirt with us! Thanks.

Have you posted it yet? It would be nice if you shared it here!

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
Cannot add PPA: 'ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa'.
Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
Cannot add PPA: 'ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate'.
Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

Author

Which Ubuntu version are you using?

[email protected]:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS
Release: 14.04
Codename: trusty

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ca-certificates
[sudo] password for user:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 175 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://ru.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main ca-certificates all 20130906ubuntu2 [175 kB]
Fetched 175 kB in 0s (1 110 kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 196943 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../ca-certificates_20130906ubuntu2_all.deb ...
Unpacking ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) over (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1) ...
Setting up ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Updating certificates in /etc/ssl/certs... 0 added, 0 removed; done.
Running hooks in /etc/ca-certificates/update.d....done.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
Cannot add PPA: 'ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa'.
Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

[email protected]:~$ sudo -E apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
Cannot add PPA: 'ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa'.
Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

[email protected]:~$ ^V
: command not found
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repsotory ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
[sudo] password for fariq:
sudo: apt-add-repsotory: command not found
[email protected]:~$ o apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
o: command not found
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package ubuntu-mate-core
E: Unable to locate package ubuntu-mate-desktop
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ca-certificates
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
kde-l10n-engb kde-l10n-pt kde-l10n-ptbr
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 175 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main ca-certificates all 20130906ubuntu2 [175 kB]
Fetched 175 kB in 0s (189 kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 264696 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../ca-certificates_20130906ubuntu2_all.deb ...
Unpacking ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) over (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1) ...
Setting up ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for ca-certificates (20130906ubuntu2) ...
Updating certificates in /etc/ssl/certs... 0 added, 0 removed; done.
Running hooks in /etc/ca-certificates/update.d....done.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
Package repository for Ubuntu MATE.

Packages living here are either required to build the Ubuntu MATE .iso images or provide artwork and configuration to better integrate MATE with Ubuntu.
More info: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mate-dev/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp1t4wsl0s/secring.gpg' created
gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp1t4wsl0s/pubring.gpg' created
gpg: requesting key 162506E7 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: /tmp/tmp1t4wsl0s/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key 162506E7: public key "Launchpad PPA for Ubuntu MATE Remix Developers" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)
OK
[email protected]:~$ ~$ sudo -E apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
~$: command not found
[email protected]:~$

stil wil not launch

Author

You typed wrong commands. Please try to copy paste the exact commands. To paste in terminal, right click and then use the option Paste.

You typed it exactly right... Always follow your lead & question everything which exist!!! Always type code bc someone who copy's & paste will be hindered... #