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How to Install MATE on Ubuntu 22.04

In this guide, we will explore the steps required to install the MATE desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04.

What is MATE?

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.

Install MATE on Ubuntu 22.04

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.

The MATE environment interface

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