The 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. MATE is under active development to add support for new technologies while preserving a traditional desktop experience.
Before we start, open up a Terminal and make sure your system is up-to-date with the command:
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
There’s a couple of ways of installing MATE. We can issue the command:
$ sudo apt install mate-desktop
This installs 4 packages including the desktop environment and its user guide. It’s a small download (approximately 8.2 MB) and uses 87.6 MB of additional disk space.
We recommend you install MATE with this command:
$ sudo apt install mate-core
mate-core is a meta package. It installs 46 new packages including mate-desktop. It’s a 41.6 MB download using 300 MB of additional disk space.
Here’s an image of MATE in action. We’ve added a few things to the desktop.
All articles in this series:
|Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux|
|Part 1||What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?|
|Part 2||Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.|
|Part 3||Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.|
|Part 4||We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.|
|Part 5||Things to do after installing Ubuntu.|
|Part 6||Navigating your way around the Desktop.|
|Part 7||Updating the system, install new software.|
|Part 8||Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.|
|Part 9||Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.|
|Part 10||We cover the basics of files and permissions.|
|Part 11||Getting help from your system.|
|Part 12||Learn all about the file system.|
|Part 13||Manipulating files from the shell.|
|Part 14||Maintain your system with these simple tips.|
|Part 15||Managing users on your system.|
|Part 16||Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.|
|Part 17||Gaming on Linux.|
|Part 18||Protect your privacy with this guide.|
|Part 19||Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.|
|Part 20||Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.|
|Part 21||Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.|