Install Mate 1.8 Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. The latest release of Mate desktop environment 1.8 comes with several new features and improvements, some of which are:

  • Added “Open parent location” option in the search view context menu
  • Added side-by-side tiling (window snapping)
  • Added a progress bar to the logout dialog
  • Added support to use Metacity as a window manager
  • Added MATE User Guide
  • Added mpaste tool for
  • Added shuffle mode to the slideshow
  • Displays date and time in lock dialog
  • Added undo functionality to the sticky note applet
  • Added a new “command” applet to show the output of a command
  • Clicking the middle mouse on the volume applet toggles mute
  • Fixed a lot of bugs
  • Improved the build system
  • Added and improved a lot of translations

Install Mate 1.8 on Ubuntu 14.04

Note that mate 1.8 is currently support only on Ubuntu 14.04 & 13.10

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -cs) main"

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring

sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-notification-daemon

– Logout or Restart your machine. On login screen, click the Ubuntu icon and select MATE

Remove Mate Desktop Environment

sudo add-apt-repository -r “deb $(lsb_release -cs) main”
sudo apt-get remove mate-* libmate* atril atril-common caja caja-common engrampa engrampa-common eom eom-common gir1.2-mate-panel libatril libcaja-extension1 libmarco-private0 pluma pluma-common libmateweather1 libmateweather-common
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