Installing MATE on Debian 7.1. I am trying this to install a better desktop.

Posted: October 22, 2013. At: 1:31 PM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 6473

Computer frustration; this is something we can all identify with.
Computer frustration; this is something we can all identify with.

I am currently in the process of installing the MATE desktop on my Debian 7.1 laptop. I wanted to install this desktop as I am sick of the Gnome 3 desktop and I want something that I can theme more easily. The instructions are on the MATE Download WIKI: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download. Once this is installed I can get the desktop up and running and use a classic Gnome 2.32.2 styled Linux desktop.

This is the repository I added.

deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian jessie main

Then I ran apt-get update.

apt-get update

And then I add the required keyring.

apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring

And update the repository information again.

apt-get update

Now to install MATE choose 1 of the apt-get lines below. This command will install the base packages.

apt-get install mate-core

Or this to install the mate-core packages and more extras.

apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

The below screenshot shows what you should end up with after installing the MATE desktop.

The MATE desktop running on Debian 7.1
The MATE desktop running on Debian 7.1

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