MATE Desktop Environment is a fork of GNOME 2 and is a result of the dislike of some of the GNOME users when the community came up with a new user interface in GNOME 3. An Argentina user forked GNOME 2.0 and started the MATE project. The project is under rigorous development and fixes, and the latest version released was MATE 1.14 in April this year.
Now when you use Ubuntu, there is an equal chance that you hate it's default Unity Desktop Environment. The reason includes but is not limited to the interface and the heavy resource usage. So, we came up with an article where you can install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 16.04.
In this article, we will see how we can install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Open Terminal and type in the following command: This will install the minimal MATE desktop.
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core
This will download a 157mb file and install the base package required for a minimal MATE desktop.
Now, to install the complete MATE desktop, type in the following command:
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
If you wish to download the Complete MATE that includes a few extra tweeks, you can install it through the below command.
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras
To login to MATE desktop environment, restart your system and choose the DE to start.
Although, the Ubuntu users have got familiar with the Unity Desktop environment, and to some aspects it does provide a complete new and good feel, but some are just addicted to the old desktop environments. And that's where the beauty of Linux is. The freedom of choice to user whatever suits you on top of whatever.