How to Install Mate Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04/16.10 and Fedora 22-24 Workstations

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10 Responses

  1. David J. Webb Sr. says:

    How did you get the system to give you the choice of desktops?

    Using a odroid xu4 arm based computer with ubuntu 16.4 for arm processors. The desktop does not have but two icons. droid is one. SD Boot is the other.

    What I want is a desktop like the old gnome classic with all the features on the desktop. This did not do it. But there was a flurry of activity on the command line terminal when I did as you said.

    I have a little knowledge of the codes. So I still consider myself new at this.

  2. Peter says:

    apt-get dist-upgrade” doesn’t just upgrade MATE it upgrades the entire OS and can break things and make a system more unstable. Don’t throw this command around as it can easily break a system or just screw it up in general for a new user who doesn’t know what they are doing. It may also remove some things from the system the user might want to keep

    • Aaron Kili says:


      This is correct, it will install latest versions of all packages including MATE DE. This is the usual method if you have MATE already installed.

  3. joe says:

    the OS has better over all stability and functionality when you install the ppa

  4. joe says:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate

  5. Goran Jordanov says:

    Thanks for the guide, loving the wallpaper image in the Ubuntu Mate desktop. Can you share it please. Thanks

  6. xnorsx says:

    For me on Ubuntu 16.10 it installs by just:

    $ sudo apt-get install mate

    to me no need to add repository

  7. Oscar says:

    Thank you very much for the tip..:)

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