The MATE Desktop Environment Project is an attempt at forking and maintaining GNOME 2. For more information, see this forum thread.
To install MATE via pacman add one of the following mirrors to your pacman.conf:
[mate] Server = http://matsusoft.com.ar/repository/archlinux/mate/$arch Server = http://cptl.org/mate/$arch # Recommended
Run -Syy and then:
pacman -Sff mate-desktop-environment
You will also require a display manager (I use Template:Package AUR) and dbus.
If you are using gdm-old from the AUR, simply select the MATE session from the Sessions list. For your first time launching MATE, make sure to click "Just this session" when prompted.
Not all of the GNOME extra applications (built for GTK2) have been forked yet. The following extra applications are available in MATE:
- Totem (mate-video-player)
- Eye of GNOME (mate-image-viewer)
- Gedit (mate-text-editor)
- File Roller (mate-archive-manager)
- GNOME Panel applets (mate-applets)
If you are using NetworkManager to connect to the internet, you can install Template:Package AUR from the AUR for a GTK2 nm-applet. You will need to modify the PKGBUILD to depend on mate-bluetooth rather than gnome-bluetooth to prevent a recursive dependency on gnome-desktop.