Install Ubuntu MATE Remix with Ubuntu 14.10 in VirtualBox

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to install Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic release with Ubuntu MATE Remix Desktop Environment 1.8. Ubuntu MATE Remix is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.

[box type=”info” icon=”info”]Ubuntu MATE Remix is not an official Canonical project, but a community-driven one and it is not yet an official Ubuntu flavor[/box]

Step 1: Download Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Alpha 1 Release

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Step 2: Create Virtual Machine

I would assume that you are already familiar with the creation of a New virtual machine and choosing the right disk & memory sizes respectively


Step 3: Install Ubuntu MATE 14.10

– Start-up the virtual machine, select the ISO file downloaded and click Start


– Click on ‘Install Ubuntu’


– Ensure your system passes the 3 checks, then enable ‘Download updates while installing’ and click Continue


– Leave default “Erase disk and install Linux Mint”, click Install Now


– Choose location, keyboard layout. Enter yourname details as shown and continue


– Click Restart Now on completion


– On the login screen, click your username and enter the password


Ubuntu 14.10 with MATE Desktop Environment 1.8.1


Install Update

– Click on System > Administration > Software Updater


– Next click ‘Install Now’ and enter root password to continue


– Click ‘Restart Now’ on completion


Install Guest Additions

– Click on Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image… > Leave as ‘Open Autorun Prompt’, click OK and click Run. For some reasons, the auto run isn’t working so we will have to do this via the terminal


– Right-click on the VBOXADDITIONS_XXX CD on your desktop and click ‘Open In Terminal


– Run following command

sudo ./

– After install is completed, restart VM


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