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, engrampa etc. How to avoid them?
https://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download#ubuntu offers these installation choices:
# This will install the base packages required for a minimal MATE desktop sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core # This will install the complete MATE desktop sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment # This will install the complete MATE desktop including a few extras sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras
Do this command / in the theminal if you have the mate ppa aredy added.
sudo apt-get install mate-panel
That will need some effort from you. But you should keep in mind that installing a Desktop Environment is installing its applications (of course, you can change some of them, but almost never all of them). That is a whole experience. Unless you install a minimal WM like fluxbox, openbox, etc; there you could fully personalize your applications customization experience.