Just like in our previous article where we looked at how to install Cinnamon desktop environment, on this one, we will look at how to install MATE desktop environment on Pop!_OS. MATE is among the simplest desktop environment that anyone can use. Especially for people who are very familiar with Windows and Mac OS. This is a continuation of GNOME 2 desktop and is very reliable. While giving an experience or feel of new technologies, MATE tries to maintain its original traditional desktop experience. This desktop environment is known to provide an interact

Install MATE Desktop Environment on Pop!_OS

Follow these guides to the end and you will eventually know how to install MATE desktop environment on Pop!_OS. To install MATE the Debian way using the command line is easy, check below;

  • Step 1. Update your System

To do this, use;

sudo apt update
  • Step 2. Install MATE Desktop Environment on Pop!_OS

There are people who want the minimal version, those who want a complete MATE desktop installation and finally those who want complete installation with a few extras. The following commands will help with that, just choose which one you want to install on your Pop!_OS system.

  • Install minimal MATE desktop environment base packages on Pop!_OS

Use this command to install minimal MATE desktop;

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core

Below is a section of the output;

Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ...
Setting up marco (1.24.1-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/marco to provide /usr/bin/x-window-manager (x-window-manager) in auto mode
Setting up libmateweather1:amd64 (1.24.1-1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ...
Setting up libmatekbd4:amd64 (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-session-manager (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-desktop (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-terminal (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-settings-daemon (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up caja (1.24.0-1) ...
Setting up mate-control-center (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-panel (1.24.1-1) ...
Setting up mate-desktop-environment-core (1.24.0+1) ...
Processing triggers for menu (2.1.47ubuntu4) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ...
  • Complete Install MATE Desktop environment on Pop!_OS

The following command will do a complete install of MATE desktop on your system;

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Below is a section of the output;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  atril atril-common engrampa engrampa-common eom eom-common ffmpegthumbnailer
  fonts-mathjax gir1.2-eom-1.0 gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 gir1.2-pluma-1.0
  libatrildocument3 libatrilview3 libcpufreq0 libffmpegthumbnailer4v5
  libgtksourceview-3.0-1 libgtksourceview-3.0-common libjs-mathjax
  libmatedict6 mate-applet-brisk-menu mate-applets mate-applets-common
  mate-backgrounds mate-calc mate-calc-common mate-media mate-media-common
  mate-notification-daemon mate-notification-daemon-common mate-power-manager
  mate-power-manager-common mate-screensaver mate-screensaver-common
  mate-system-monitor mate-system-monitor-common mate-utils mate-utils-common
  p7zip p7zip-full pluma pluma-common
Suggested packages:
  unrar arj lha ncompress rar rpm2cpio rzip sharutils unace unalz unar | unrar
  | p7zip-rar zoo fonts-mathjax-extras fonts-stix libjs-mathjax-doc
  mail-reader | thunderbird mate-desktop-environment-extras rss-glx
  xscreensaver-data p7zip-rar
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  atril atril-common engrampa engrampa-common eom eom-common ffmpegthumbnailer
  fonts-mathjax gir1.2-eom-1.0 gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 gir1.2-pluma-1.0
  libatrildocument3 libatrilview3 libcpufreq0 libffmpegthumbnailer4v5
  libgtksourceview-3.0-1 libgtksourceview-3.0-common libjs-mathjax
  libmatedict6 mate-applet-brisk-menu mate-applets mate-applets-common
  mate-backgrounds mate-calc mate-calc-common mate-desktop-environment
  mate-media mate-media-common mate-notification-daemon
  mate-notification-daemon-common mate-power-manager mate-power-manager-common
  mate-screensaver mate-screensaver-common mate-system-monitor
  mate-system-monitor-common mate-utils mate-utils-common p7zip p7zip-full
  pluma pluma-common
  • Complete Install of MATE desktop with a few Extras

This command will do the above for you;

 sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras
  • Step 3. Do a system reboot

Use;

reboot
  • Step 4. Open your successfully installed MATE desktop environment on Pop!_OS

When you do a system reboot, just before you put in your password to get back to the system, click on the settings icon, then choose the DE you want to use. Just like as shown;

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