View Full Version : [SOLVED] can anyone help me install MATE 1.4

October 6th, 2012, 05:11 AM
i clung onto 10.10 Maverick for as long as i could, but eventually my sound went out, flash was all jacked up, and the touchpad on my netbook stopped working, so i had to give into the new 12.4 release, but the thing is i really don't like it, so i figured out how to change it with the help of this article:


it gave pretty simple instructions on how to change from Unity to classic gnome which made me happier, but i still miss the way 10.10 looked. i did some more research and heard about MATE 1.4 from here:


which explained how to install it here:


but their instructions are confusing to me. is there anyone by any chance that could put the installation instructions in layman's terms for me? i apologize in advance for not being very Linux savvy and thank you for your time and consideration in helping me!

October 6th, 2012, 05:29 AM
Get to the terminal by holding Ctrl + Alt + T

Add the repository by copy and pasting this into the terminal. Your password is needed but will not show.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"
Then copy & paste the following commands to update your repositories and install MATE:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

October 6th, 2012, 05:34 AM
oh never mind...i think i found a super easy tutorial here:


i'm gonna try it out so keep your fingers crossed for me! hopefully i don't hit any snags along the way...

October 6th, 2012, 05:35 AM
thank you so much critin! that sounds like something i could figure out!!!:p

October 6th, 2012, 05:46 AM
I didn't say to press 'enter' after each paste, but you know you have to do that--right?

October 6th, 2012, 05:49 AM
yeah, i hit paste :) now i'm just waiting on terminal to do it's thing....i hope this works!

October 6th, 2012, 06:00 AM
okay, just updating to say it worked! i got one weird message along the way about, "the hddtemp program can be run as a daemon, listening on port 7634 for in coming connections......blah blah blah...." i had no idea what they were talking about. the message went onto say, "If in doubt, it is suggested to not start it automatically on boot" so that's what i did, and so far so good :) i like this interface soooo much better. life is good :)

October 6th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Great! I've not tried Mate yet, maybe I will.