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How do I install MATE (the desktop environment)?

I have seen several youtube videos that are showing MATE (The Gnome 2.x fork) installed in 11.10. How can I install it to test it out in 11.10 and above. If it helps the only sources I know of are: ...
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Window snapping in Ubuntu MATE

I know how to enable window snapping in MATE Desktop, and it works. My problem is this. By default, Window A fills half the screen, and Window B fills half the screen, and you can't click and drag the ...
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Not authorized to control networking

I have Ubuntu 13.04 Gnome with Mate. If I click on the networking icon on the top tool bar and try to do something like add a never before used Wifi or simply click Hardwire Connection 1 when I have ...
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Installing MATE desktop environment without installing the applications

I want to install MATE desktop only, without applications. I already have apps from GNOME 3 - nautilus, file-roller, gedit. But when I sudo apt-get install mate-core, it asks to install caja, pluma, ...
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how can I close this dropdown terminal?

I must have hit something, I have a huge terminal window in the top third of my screen. (which is kinda nice, but It covering up my desktop, I don't know how I opened it, and I cant seem to close it. ...
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Panel apps try to launch in xterm, even though it isn't installed

I have some panel applications that launch terminals, but when I click on them, they say xterm failed. Well yeah, xterm isn't installed, nor do I want it. I want mate-terminal to come up instead. How ...
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How is it possible to install MintMenu in Ubuntu 12.04?

I know that there were some PPA's for older Ubuntu versions (11.04 and previous ones),when Gnome 2 was the default desktop environment. Now, I have installed the MATE D.E. on Ubuntu 12.04, but it does ...
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How do I remove XFCE from my computer?

My computer is overheating because I got too many desktop environments installed like: MATE, Cinnamon and XFCE. I uninstalled them, but XFCE failed to uninstall. I get this error. sudo apt-get ...
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Will MATE ever be in the official repos?

I was wondering if mate will ever show up in the official repos and be installable without the ppa?
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How do I install cinnamon on Ubuntu server?

How do I install cinnamon and mate on ubuntu server 12.04? What are the dependencies? When I install cinnamon it doesn't start when I start the system and when I try to use it with startx command i ...
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Wrong chown used

I just made a huuuge mistake. I typed the following as root: chown chris ./ So it change perm to everything! Now I have problem booting because of these permissions. How do I fix it?
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Get back the original Ubuntu Desktop after removing Mate

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 and later installed Mate desktop environment. I did not like it and wanted to switch back to Ubuntu Unity. I removed Mate Desktop from the system also. But I have several ...
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Indicator applet in MATE

I hate gnome3, so I installed MATE (gnome2 fork) in my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. It's pretty good, but I have a problem: it doesn’t have (or I haven't found) a working indicator applet on the top panel. ...
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How can I remove one of the two MATE panels without using the GUI?

On a default installation MATE sets up two panels (top and bottom), I'd like to have the top panel removed using mateconftool-2 or another tool using the command line (Terminal). I can't find how to ...
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MATE not showing up after install

I just used Synaptic to install MATE Desktop Environment on my Ubuntu 14.04 computer. It installed successfully, but after rebooting, it's not showing up on the login screen. My only options are to ...
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How can I add an applet to MATE from the terminal?

How could I add an applet to the MATE panel from the Terminal using mateconftool-2. I'm specifically asking for DockBarX, but I'd like to add other applets as well (MATEnu, Notification area and ...
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How to get Emacs keybindings in Firefox using Mate?

I have the following line in my ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file: gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs" And that works fine in Firefox and e.g. gnome-charachter-map if I use Gnome Classic to log in. Pressing ctrl-a in ...
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How can I remove all the applets from a MATE panel?

I'd like to know How can I remove all the applets from a given panel in MATE (in my case the bottom panel) from the command-line. The panel should be left in a clean state, meaning no applets just ...
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How to fix no sound in Ubuntu 12.04 with MATE desktop environment?

After the most recent update since 3/2/2014 , I cannot listen to music on my ubuntu 12.04 desktop or any other sound from an application. I was able to perform the following test from the command line ...
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Why is Disks not in Ubuntu Mate?

Ive been using Ubuntu right along (years) I was surprised when I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and the disks utility wasn't installed by default. Why was it left out?? As in, how do we get it added back in ...
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MATE menu is missing [closed]

I have freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04 and I installed MATE using apt-get install mate-desktop-environment (and before that, I added needed repositories from mate official website). Everything worked ...
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Graphical authentication agent doesn't trigger once I changed from desktop environment

I recently switched from Mate to Unity (just installed unity-desktop and removed mate-desktop) with all dependencies and suddenly, the graphical polkit window. For example, when I try to launch ...
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Does running the vanilla Ubuntu 14.04 with MATE D.E. installed provide the same reduced resource usage benefit as running Ubuntu MATE 14.04?

My girlfriend is running Ubuntu 14.04 on her entry level laptop. Ubuntu uses more system resources than some other desktop environments, particularly MATE. I'd like to increase the performance of ...
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MATE tries to automount floppy drive every login even if empty. How to make it stop?

My PC has a 3.5" floppy drive and yes, I do use it. (Retrocomputing hobby.) I use Ubuntu 12.10 with MATE. At every login, the floppy drive lights up and I get the following message box: The title ...
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How to remove Mate desktop from ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove desktop environments? I just installed the MATE desktop following the instructions here but im not satisfied with MATE (actually it totally looks like a ...
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Recurring lsb-release and Software Center glitch after installing MATE [closed]

I just recently upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10. Not a fan of Unity, so I decided to try out the MATE desktop from Linux Mint. I added the Mint repository, grabbed and installed the MATE packages, and got ...
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Ubuntu Mate desktop scaling for 4k displays

I am trying to use ubuntu mate on lenovo y50 having 4k resolution .It seems there is no support for hidpi screens in mate . I was able to manage scaling in gnome desktop using gsettings set ...
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Open new Mate-Terminal in home folder

I'm not sure if this is default behavior for mate-terminal. When I cd into a directory and then open a new terminal tab, it opens in the same folder. I'd like this to default to home instead of the ...
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Dell 11 Ubuntu MATE: touchpad sensitivity problems

(I also posted this in the Unix/Linux Stack Exchange. Not trying to spam you guys, just not sure where to post). I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 MATE on a Dell 11 Chromebook, and since booting for the ...
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ASUS ROG G551JK Backlight

I am new linux user and I have problem with my backlight. When I press the combination for turning it off, this appears on the screen. I use Ubuntu MATE 14.04 samuel@samuel-G551JK:~$ ls ...
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Gvfs folder location in Ubuntu Mate 15.04

Despite this question Where ".gvfs" has gone in 14.04 , the folder I found in /run/user/1000/gvfs is empty, but I have 3 mounted samba shares. Even locate .gvfs gives no results and all ...
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How do I set MATE 1.6 to use Compiz?

MATE desktop has recently migrated, as of version 1.6, from using mateconf-editor to gsettings. This breaks traditional solutions for changing MATE's window manager to Compiz.
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Cannot change screen resolution in MATE

I just installed mate. It seems so windows98'ish and I cannot change the screen resolution. I change it to 1280x960 and it shows that it's changed but it doesn't change and resolution is still the ...
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Make Ubuntu Mate Look Like Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu. I'm wondering if it's possible to make Ubuntu Mate look like the old Ubuntu (10.10). I want it to look exactly like this: Thanks!
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Add Global Menu to MATE 1.8.1 (ubuntuMATE) [closed]

I just installed ubuntuMATE 14.04; honestly, I love it. However, I'm missing the global menu from Unity and older mate distros. Does anyone have any idea on how to get Indicator Applet Appmenu ...
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Does Ubuntu comes with MATE flavor?

I know about Linux Mint, but is there any 'Ubuntu' out there with MATE?
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Must manually restart lightdm to have it appear

I recently did an Ubuntu command-line install on my work laptop, then install Mate (core) and lightdm. I have an Intel graphics driver. When I turn on my computer, it boots to a black screen. Pressing ...
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Audio not working after switching to Ubuntu 15.10

I have some audio problems in my netbook (Asus eeepc). I used to work with lubuntu 14.04 and audio was perfectly working after pulseaudio installation. I decided to change to Ubuntu Mate 15.10. After ...
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More than 12 custom key bindings in Ubuntu Mate

Using gsettings or dconf-editor, one may set 12 general purpose keys to arbitrary commands in Ubuntu Mate 14 (in the schema org.mate.Marco.global-keybindings, keys run-command-1 through ...
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How to enable multimedia keys?

I've installed ubuntu mate 15.04 last night and I've just noticed that multimedia keys (play ,next ,pause ...) of my AOpen KB932 standard keyboard are not working. I'm confused because it was working ...
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How do you install mate 1.10 from source?

I have been trying to install mate 1.10. For several days. The ppa(s) give me 404 errors, and just don't work. the source packages give me an intertwined mess of dependency errors, missing m4 macros, ...
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gnome-terminal / mate-terminal don't save history on ~./bash_history

Two days ago I was using my computer as usual, when I noticed that the commands I used in mate-terminal were not saved in the history. I tried installing gnome-terminal. But it does the same. I was ...
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Setting Compose Key

I'm not sure that asking the question in the right place.. How to set up Compose Key on Ubuntu Mate 15.04? I tried System -> Preferences -> Other -> Keyboard Shortcut. But I can't find anything ...
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exspected new version alert did not appear on release date

I have run 15.04 from beta one +2. Now that the release date of 23rd April has come and gone, I tried sudo apt-get update and upgrade. I suspect the Vivid repositories in update manager need to ...
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Cannot add any keyboard layout in MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

When I log in Unity or MATE by sitting down behind the display I can change keyboards. However if I connect to my work PC via xrdp and use MATE version is 1.8.1 I cannot. I need to use keyboard ...
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How to upgrade Mate 1.6 to 1.8 in Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Mate using the official directions (http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download) but it installed 1.6 instead of 1.8. How can I upgrade in Ubuntu 12.04?
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Hack Battery Preference for Gnome 2 MATE on Ubuntu 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 on my 32-bit computer. However, I missed the Gnome Desktop Environment so I installed MATE 2. I have encountered a problem with the battery preferences. I don't want to put ...
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Save openVPN password using network manager

I'm using network manager on Ubuntu 12.04, with Mate as a desktop. The network manager is used to connect to the openVPN server. Each time I click to connect to the openVPN server, I'm required to ...
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What's the difference between ubuntu-mate and ubuntu? [duplicate]

I understand MATE is a desktop environment, but what is the difference between ubuntu with a MATE desktop environment and ubuntu-mate ? EDIT: Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Gnome is not a ...
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How can I make Compiz work with MATE 1.6?

I'm using MATE 1.6 from the official MATE APT repo. I've tried enabling Compiz using the following steps, based on this guide and adapted for MATE 1.6: Open dconf editor Go to ...