MAT has its own window manager called Marc, and as we all know in the GNU / Linux world the possibilities are many because of the openness of its approach. That’s why we have an example like Ubuntu MAT, a flavor of Ubuntu that has chosen to include support for Compiz, to add the 3D effects and animations that are so attractive. But users don’t forget about Metacity, which for a long time was the basis of GNOME (in the days of GNOME 2) and Mutter, the one chosen for GNOME 3, and they always ask for them.
There are few distros that offer not one but two window managers in the default installation, but as we well know in the variety and freedom of choice we have one of the strengths of Linux – no matter how many see the opposite – and that’s why we’re going to show how to install Mutter and Metacity on Ubuntu MAT 15.04, a not at all complicated task since the developers of this taste have decided to launch an official PPA.
This is so that users can start adding these right away window managers and test its operation, suggest features or send details of bugs or bugs, and it is hoped that with all the information that the developers will receive in the coming months the arrival of these window managers is a fact for Ubuntu 15.10. Although they have not committed to this, it is clear that the desire to offer more and more options is.
The first thing we need is to update Ubuntu Tweak, a great Ubuntu configuration tool that we have talked about repeatedly here in Ubunlog as it offers very good features to change both the appearance and operation of this distro without having to resort to configuration files. So, we open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run:
its add-apt-repository ppa: ubuntu-mat-dev / viviu-mat
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Now we need to log out and restart it, after which we open a terminal window again and run it (again as root):
sudo apt-get install metacity mutter
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mat-LibreOffice-draw-icons ubuntu-mat-LibreOffice-math-icons
That’s it, and from now on when we go to the window manager configuration options in Ubuntu Tweak we will see something similar to the image that heads this post, where we will have the choice between Compiz, Marc, Metacity and Mutter .