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Thread: Removing Mate Desktop

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    Removing Mate Desktop

    I'm working from home using Ubuntu something I don't normally do.
    A while ago I installed Mated Desktop to try it out and I have now decided I prefer the regular Gnome.
    Can I remove Mate? If so what other things might it affect?

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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    Installing additional DEs is usually very easy when such desktops are distributed with a meta-package that install all the required packages. OTOH, removing a DE is the opposite.

    If you need it for work then, right now, do NOT touch it.

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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    I was afraid of that.
    I did find some comments that said simply apt remove mate-desktop.
    but I was skeptical

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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by rsteinmetz70112 View Post
    I did find some comments that said simply apt remove mate-desktop.
    It removes the meta-package only, not the packages it installed. Those have to be manually removed one by one and even then some settings may remain.

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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    Run command
    Code:
    grep -i " remove " /var/log/dpkg.log.1 /var/log/dpkg.log | grep mate-desktop
    which will show you the date and time that you installed the mate DE.

    If you now run the command again but removing the final
    Code:
     | grep mate-desktop
    you may be able to figure out which other packages were installed at the same time, these probably being the packages for the full mate DE and remove them.

    It is a slow process and will be very tedious to actually do but it does work; I did it a while ago simply to test the theory after installing KDE to a virtual install of Xubuntu.
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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    rsteinmetz70112 ; Hey -

    One might also consider a script:
    https://github.com/aysiu/purebuntu

    But, may require "some" adaptation to your particular use case. The author does provide some reasoning background for the existence of his script and the warning,

    -my bit to try and help-
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Removing Mate Desktop

    Thanks everyone. I'm going to put this off until after things clear up.

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