How to Install Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04

r00t March 8, 2018

Install Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. 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.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 16.04 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Installing Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu.

First, add the PPA repository to install Mate Desktop:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/mate-1.18

Next, run following commands to install MATE desktop for the first time:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-suggests mate-desktop

Finally, logout of your current session or restart your system and choose MATE desktop at the login interface as in the image below:

Install Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Mate Desktop on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. Thanks for using this tutorial installing Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system.

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