MATE

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The MATE Desktop Environment Project is an attempt at forking and maintaining GNOME 2. For more information, see this forum thread.

Obtaining MATE

MATE is currently available in the AUR (Template:Package AUR), hosted on Github and hosted on two pacman mirrors.

Installation

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 
Server = http://germ.winpe.com/archlinux/mate/$arch
Note: The matusoft mirror is very slow and the cptl.org mirror is maintained by a member of the community. Please be considerate about your bandwidth usage. As of 25th August, cptl.org is out of date. Note that the germ.winpe.com server will be checked and updated continuously and should be considered reliable.

Run -Syy and then:

# pacman -S mate-desktop-environment

You are very likely to get file conflicts when installing. Simply rename the offending files (I only had one conflict, migrating from XFCE) or install with the --force flag.

You will also require a display manager (I use Template:Package AUR) and dbus.

Note: Currently, many MATE packages do not provide, conflict or replace any GNOME packages.

Starting MATE

Always make sure dbus is in your DAEMONS array in rc.conf before starting MATE.

GDM (Old)

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.

No display manager (startx)

In order to start MATE without using a display manager, you must add

exec mate-session

to your ~/.xinitrc file and then run

$ startx

Rebranded Core Applications

It is important to note that many GNOME core applications are rebranded for MATE, as per the licensing terms. Here is a simple Rosetta Stone of GNOME -> MATE applications.

  • Nautilus is renamed caja
  • Metacity is renamed marco
  • Gconf is renamed mateconf

Other applications and core components prefixed with GNOME (such as GNOME Panel, GNOME Menus etc) have simply had the prefix renamed "MATE" and become MATE Panel and MATE Menus.

Extra Applications

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)
  • GNOME Terminal (mate-terminal)

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.

Using Compiz Fusion sans Emerald

If you would like to use Marco with Compiz Fusion, install and start Compiz Fusion as you would normally and install the package gtk-window-decorator and run the following command to create a symlink:

# ln -s /usr/lib/libmarco-private.so.0 /usr/lib/libmetacity-private.so.0

Enable the Window Decoration plugin in the Compiz Fusion settings manager and use

gtk-window-decorator --replace

as the command. However, without recompiling gtk-window-decorator, the necessary mateconf keys will not be created and you will be stuck with Cairo based decorations. It may be possible to create these keys yourself.

Known Issues

Endless spawning of file manager instances

You may find that after you log in, the Caja file manager keeps spawning new instances and never stops. A temporary fix is performed with the following command:

# ln -s /usr/lib/libgnutls.so /usr/lib/libgnutls.so.26

Log out and log back in again once you perform this command.

This may also fix an issue where the Clock panel applet does not appear.

QT Applications are not styled

You may find that QT4 applications are not inheriting the GTK2 theme like they should. This can be fixed easily by installing libgnomeui with the --force flag. This is likely to be fixed as MATE development continues.

I cannot access my audio preferences!

Currently there is no version of mate-volume-control, so audio preferences via the panel applet are unavailable. This may be fixed at a later date, or you can try and compile the package yourself.

Evolution Email Not Working

Please see Evolution#Using_Evolution_Outside_Of_Gnome.