The Mate desktop was modeled after the discontinued Gnome 2 desktop because many people didn't like the direction the Gnome and Unity desktops headed towards. To install Mate on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), open a terminal and enter following commands one after another:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Afterwards, log out of your current desktop session and select MATE as desktop environment in your login menu. It will be used the next time you log in.

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4 thoughts on “Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

  • September 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm
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    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am going through troubles with your RSS.
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  • November 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm
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    why does mate install apache??

    will it start on boot if I do not login to mate, but use lubuntu or openbox? should it not?

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