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Is there a way to install the core of the mate desktop on Ubuntu, without all of the extras that come with this method (ubuntu-mate-desktop): How do I install MATE (the desktop environment)?

I can obviously remove all of the extra stuff, libre-office, firefox, shotwell, cheese etc etc, but there is a lot of it.

I have tried installing mate-desktop-environment-core and lightdm, but on entering the mate desktop I get a lot of errors, and nothing seems to work.

Errors are like "The panel encountered an error while loading "BriskMenuFactory::BriskMenu", and no menus or icons are loaded.

Any advice appreciated!

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I found the package ubuntu-mate-core, which still installs some stuff you wouldn't really think were part of a desktop per se (like Firefox) but there you go... it works.

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