Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

Thursday, June 7, 2012 posted by CSch

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 Responses to “Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)”

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  2. otto or says:

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main”
    [sudo] password for me:
    Error: need a repository as argument

    hrmmm?

  3. otto or says:

    Your site is using bad quotes

  4. otto or says:

    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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