Install MATE 1.8 desktop in Ubuntu 14.04
Add the MATE desktop to your Ubuntu 14.04 system
Here's how you can install the MATE 1.8 desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04. MATE offers a more traditional desktop environment than Ubuntu's Unity.
1. Open a terminal window.
2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each.
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/archive/1.8/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-notification-daemon
MATE is a fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors.
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