MATE Desktop

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Mate Desktop

The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. This could be a good alternative for user who prefer old-fashioned look and feel.

Installation

Funtoo portage tree offer a meta-package for MATE Desktop. For clean installation we would need to enable mate mix-in.

Note

If you installing MATE from a basic stage3, please, enable a desktop profile before mate mix-in

#  epro flavor desktop
#  epro mix-ins +mate

After setting up mix-in it is necessary to rebuild packages, to ensure all USE flags are respected. This is required for a correct installation of build and runtime dependencies prior to MATE desktop installation.

#  emerge -auDN @world

And after comepletion, installation is easy as following command:

#  emerge mate-base/mate

Start

There are several different ways to start MATE:

  • Editing the .xinitrc file in your user's home directory
  • Using a display manager (e.g. SLiM, GDM, KDM or LightDM).

Mate team recommends LightDM http://www.funtoo.org/Package:Lightdm. If manual start prefered, edit .xinitrc file

.xinitrc
exec mate-session

Use startx command to launch MATE Desktop.