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Thread: Something like MATE?

  1. #1
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    Feb 2014

    Something like MATE?

    Are there any DEs out there like MATE, but with effects like Unity? I really like MATE's look, but I love Unity's feel and "polish".

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Re: Something like MATE?

    You can install and use Compiz in Mate, which will give you effects. There seem to be some issues with it in Mate, so checking via Google and at is probably a good idea.

    KDE, of course, has tons of optional effects.

    Cinnamon would also be worth a look.

    (Mate's default look, if installed from the directions at, is rather plain. You can polish it by setting font rendering to match Ubuntu's and then looking for some new themes and icons.)

  3. #3
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    Jul 2005
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    Re: Something like MATE?

    As you like the look of mate you may also like the look of xfce, which is the DE of Xubuntu. You can make it look almost a clone of mate or gnome 2 if you want to, and it has a similar looking menu structure, or can use a whisker menu instead (see screenshot)
    On my system, as you can see, I have also added a panel that looks a bit like the unity launchbar, though it does not act in that way, it just has launchers in it for the various applications that I use most. I personally do not care for compiz and the graphical effects that it can provide, though I did use it in the past on gnome 2 just for fun; it did not actually make me work any faster or better.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; April 16th, 2014 at 09:45 PM.
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  4. #4
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    Aug 2013

    Re: Something like MATE?

    Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If you want Mate to produce the effects, the polished and look of Unity then why not just use Unity? Mate is designed to keep the old gnome2 feel and workflow (well it is gnome2). It is primarily used by people who dislike recent changes and especially Unity. if you like that then just use Mate. The design and goals of the two are basically opposite,

    You can install gnome-session-flashback on Unity so you can switch between unity and 'classic' session on log in. g-s-f is kind of like gnome2 but with up to date code base. Mate is using a code base which is deprecated everywhere else, it is sort of a zombie.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; April 16th, 2014 at 09:55 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Norwich CT
    Ubuntu Mate

    Re: Something like MATE?

    MATE 1.8 is built using GTK2, while GNOME uses GTK3. In my experience, MATE 1.8 plays well with GTK3 apps. MATE 2.0 will be built with GTK3.

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