If you’re a user who doesn’t like Unity, either because of its low performance (compared to other environments) or because of its image, you have plenty of environments to choose from. I have to confess that I like Unity more and more, and more that I will like when Unity8 arrives, but I am also a great fan of MAT, The image has focused on rescuing the interface that Ubuntu used until 2011.
MAT includes many GNOME applications and developers have been tasked with bringing others to work well in this graphical environment. There is a whole operating system that has focused on recovering the classic image of Canonical’s operating system called Ubuntu MAT, but you can also install the graphical environment on other operating systems, such as Ubuntu 15.10 or 16.04 Standard LTS. the latest version of this environment is 1.12.1, And includes important news such as those detailed below.
News included in MAT 1.12.1
- Fixes and improvements for GTK3 for all MAT Desktop, including support for GTK 3.18.
- Touchpad support has improved considerably and now includes multi-touch support and natural scrolling.
- Support for multiple monitors has been improved, so the screen settings use output names and the revised UI allows us to configure the main monitor.
- the applet power now shows model and manufacturer information, so we can differentiate between batteries from various devices.
- Enhanced login that now includes inhibiting screen saver when playing files.
- support for systemd extended.
- Long – term errors have been repaired, such as the applets it is no longer reordered when changing the screen resolution.
- Translations have been updated.
Applications included in MAT
- box: The official folder manager (Nautilus fork).
- feather: Text editor that supports most editing functions (Gedit fork).
- Eye of MAT: Also known as EOM, is a simple graphics viewer for MATE desktop that uses the GDK-pixbuf library (Eye of GNOME fork)
- lectern: A multi-page document viewer (Evince fork).
- Engrampa: File manager for MAT environment (File Roller fork).
- MAT Terminal.
- March: Window manager.
- blurred: The menu item editor.
How to install MAT 1.12.1
To install MATE in the latest versions of Ubuntu just open 1 terminal and we write the following commands:
In Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werwolf)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/wily-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-desktop-environment-extras mate-dock-applet
In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment mate-desktop-environment-extras mate-dock-applet
In Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS (Trusty Tahr)
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop
How to select the MAT environment
When we want to enter a new graphical environment, we just need to log out and we start a new one by choosing the new environment graphic. We will do this by clicking on the circle at the top right of the login and selecting the environment we want. This is something I’ve been doing myself for a long time, especially on my more unobtrusive computer where Unity works very slowly, but I needed to have it installed to do some testing.
Already installed MATE 1.12.1? What do you think about it?