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In this guide, we will explore the steps required to install the MATE desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04.
MATE is a desktop environment that originated as part of GNOME, another desktop environment. However, it was forked (split off into a separate project) when GNOME’s design direction changed. MATE is known for its more traditional and simple interface, making it especially useful for beginners or those who prefer a classic look.
1. Update your system’s package cache. This command will refresh the list of available packages and their versions from the repositories configured on your system:
$ sudo apt update $ sudo apt upgrade
2. Install the MATE environment using the following command:
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-mate-desktop
Wait until the unpacking process is complete.
3. Restart your server to apply the changes. You can do this by entering the following command into the terminal:
$ sudo reboot
To start a session with MATE, click on the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the login manager and select MATE. You will then see the MATE environment.