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This page is a translated version of the page MATE Desktop Environment and the translation is 20% complete.

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.


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

root #  epro flavor desktop
root #  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.

root #  emerge -auDN @world

And after completion, installation is easy as following command:

root #  emerge mate-base/mate


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 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 .xinitrc file

exec mate-session

Use startx command to launch MATE Desktop.