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.
Funtoo portage tree offer a meta-package for MATE Desktop. For clean installation we would need to enable mate mix-in.
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 completion, installation is easy as following command:
# emerge mate-base/mate
There are several different ways to start MATE:
- Editing the
.xinitrcfile 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. The reference greeter is lightdm-gtk-greeter. LightDM attempts to use this greeter when started unless configured to do otherwise.
If manual start prefered, edit
startx command to launch MATE Desktop.