The GNOME 2 Fork 'Mate' is a desktop environment that is used in Fedora 16 replacing Gnome 3. If you wish to use this desktop environment on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to replace your current Unity or Gnome Shell interface, then follow the instructions given below.

Getting Started

We need first to add the main Linux Mint 12 repository to your repository list. So, open the terminal and run this command to edit /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

At the end of the file add this line:

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import

Save your file and close. Then, run this sequence of commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring

To install the GNOME 2 Fork 'Mate' desktop, run now these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mint-meta-mate

Log out the current session, and at the login screen, select MATE, then login normally:

Scrennshot of the desktop:


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