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MATE (software)

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MATE /ˈmɑːteɪ/; Spanish pronunciation: ˈmate is a desktop environment forked from the now-unmaintained code base of GNOME 2 It is named after the South American plant yerba mate and tea made from the herb, mate3 The name was originally all capital letters to follow the nomenclature of other Free Software desktop environments like KDE and LXDE The recursive backronym "MATE Advanced Traditional Environment" was subsequently adopted by most of the MATE community, again in the spirit of Free Software like GNU "GNU's Not Unix!" The use of a new name, instead of GNOME, avoids conflicts with GNOME 3 components


  • 1 History
  • 2 Software components
  • 3 Further development
  • 4 Releases history
  • 5 Adoption
    • 51 Arch Linux
    • 52 Ubuntu MATE
  • 6 Gallery
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


See also:Controversy over GNOME 3

GNOME 3 released in April 2011 replaced the classic desktop metaphor, substituting its native user interface:GNOME Shell This action led to some criticism from parts of the free software community Some users refused to accept the new interface design of GNOME and called for continued development of GNOME 24 An Argentine user of Arch Linux started the MATE project5 in order to meet this demand6 and announced the availability of MATE on 18 June 20117

Software componentsedit

See also:List of GTK+ applications

MATE has forked a number of applications originating as the GNOME Core Applications, and developers have written several other applications from scratch The forked applications have new names Most of them used names from Spanish, including:

  • Caja box –File manager from Nautilus
  • Pluma quill/feather/pen –Text editor from Gedit
  • Atril lectern –Document viewer from Evince
  • Engrampa staple –Archive manager from Archive Manager
  • MATE Terminal –Terminal emulator from GNOME Terminal
  • Marco frame –Window manager from Metacity
  • Mozo waiter  –Menu item editor from Alacarte

Further developmentedit

MATE fully supports the GTK+ 3 application framework The project is supported by Ubuntu MATE lead developer Martin Wimpress and by the Linux Mint development team:

"We consider MATE yet another desktop, just like KDE, Gnome 3, Xfce etc… and based on the popularity of Gnome 2 in previous releases of Linux Mint, we are dedicated to support it and to help it improve The most popular Linux desktop was, and arguably is, Gnome 2"8

New features have been added to Caja such as undo/redo9 and diff viewing for file replacements10

MATE 16 removes some deprecated libraries, moving from mate-conf a fork of GConf to GSettings, and from mate-corba a fork of GNOME's Bonobo to D-Bus11

Releases historyedit

2011-06-18Announced at Arch Linux forum
2011-08-19Initial release


MATE 12 was released on 16 April 2012 MATE has been one of the default desktop environments shipped with Linux Mint since version 12 "Lisa",1213 Linux Mint Debian Edition since "201303",14151617 Sabayon Linux since release 10,18 a Fedora spin since Fedora 18,19 and as the desktop environment in Ubuntu MATE 141020

MATE is also available in the official repositories of several other Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, Kali Linux, Mageia, ROSA, Gentoo, openSUSE and PCLinuxOS21 Aside from that, there are third party repositories for Slackware22 Version 35 and up of GhostBSD include MATE as the default desktop environment, making it the second inclusion of MATE as a default desktop, after Linux Mint,23 and the first in a non-Linux OS It is also available for FreeBSD alongside its derivatives, such as PC-BSD24 and NetBSD25 and is default on OpenIndiana26

Arch Linuxedit

MATE was initially announced on the Arch Linux forum on 18 June 2011,7 and became official community package in January 2014

Ubuntu MATEedit

Main article:Ubuntu MATEUbuntu MATE logo

In November 2014, the Ubuntu MATE team released version 1404 LTS, which will be supported until April 201927

In March 2015, Ubuntu MATE was granted official Ubuntu flavour status from version 1504 onwards28


See alsoedit

  • Cinnamon software - desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint team and based on GNOME 3
  • Xfce - similarly lightweight desktop environment that also utilizes the GTK+ application framework


  1. ^ Insivest, Martin 2016-09-21, MATE 116 released, retrieved 2016-09-29 
  2. ^ "MATE" githubcom Retrieved 12 April 2015 
  3. ^ "MATE Desktop Environment - Where does the name come from", MATE, retrieved 2015-07-03 
  4. ^ Laishram, Ricky 2011-08-04, Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME For Xfce, Digitizor, retrieved 2011-11-08, While you are at it, could you also fork gnome, and support a gnome-2 environment – Linus Torvalds 
  5. ^ "A Gnome 2 Fork:The MATE Desktop Environment", ingeek, 2011-11-17, archived from the original on 2014-02-14, retrieved 2016-12-12 
  6. ^ Larabel, Michael 2011-08-17, "A Fork Of GNOME 2:The Mate Desktop", Phoronix, retrieved 2011-12-04 
  7. ^ a b "Mate Desktop Environment - GNOME2 fork" bbsarchlinuxorg Perberos Retrieved 22 August 2014 
  8. ^ Lefebvre, Clem 2011-12-01, "Important fix for MATE – Feedback needed", The Linux Mint Blog, retrieved 2011-12-10 
  9. ^ Karapetsas, Stefano 2012-01-03, "Undo/Redo in Caja", Stefano Karapetsas's Blog, retrieved 2014-04-15 
  10. ^ Karapetsas, Stefano 2012-06-17, "What's new in next Caja", Stefano Karapetsas's Blog, retrieved 2014-04-15 
  11. ^ "MATE:Roadmap" Retrieved 7 January 2013 
  12. ^ Lefebvre, Clem 2011-11-26, "Linux Mint 12 Release Notes", Linux Mint, retrieved 2011-12-04 
  13. ^ Holwerda, Thom 2011-11-27, "Linux Mint 12 Released", OSNews, retrieved 2011-12-05 
  14. ^ "Linux Mint Debian 201303 released!" The Linux Mint Blog 2010-07-21 Retrieved 2013-03-25 
  15. ^ "Linux Mint 13 MATE" Desktop Linux Reviews May 24, 2012 Retrieved 2013-10-09 
  16. ^ "Linux Mint 14 MATE" Desktop Linux Reviews January 2, 2013 Retrieved 2013-10-09 
  17. ^ "Linux Mint 15 Olivia MATE review" Linux and Life June 2, 2013 Retrieved 2013-10-09 
  18. ^ lxnay 2012-09-13, "Press Release Sabayon 10", Sabayon Linux, retrieved 2012-09-15 
  19. ^ Mashal, Dan; Dieter, Rex 2012-07-19, "Features/MATE-Desktop", Fedora Wiki, retrieved 2012-09-15 
  20. ^ "Ubuntu MATE Utopic final release/" Retrieved 1 November 2014 
  21. ^ "Which distributions support MATE" Retrieved 23 August 2014 MATE is available via the official repositories for the following Linux distributions:Arch Linux Debian Fedora Gentoo Linux Mint Mageia openSUSE PCLinuxOS PLD Linux Point Linux Sabayon Salix Ubuntu 
  22. ^ "MATE Desktop Environment - Which distributions support MATE", MATE, retrieved 2014-04-28 
  23. ^ "35 "Levi" Released" GhostBSD Retrieved 2014-04-02 
  24. ^ "The FreeBSD GNOME Project" 
  25. ^ https://distrowatchcom/tablephpdistribution=netbsd&pkglist=true&version=pkgsrc#pkglist
  26. ^ OpenSourceFeed "Illumos based OpenIndiana MATE 20160816 released" Retrieved 2016-10-07 
  27. ^ Sneddon, Joey-Elijah "Ubuntu MATE 1404 LTS Now Available to Download" omgubuntucouk Retrieved 15 November 2014 
  28. ^ Sneddon, Joey 1 March 2015 "Ubuntu 1504 Beta Available to Download, Ubuntu MATE Is Now An Official Flavor" OMG Ubuntu Retrieved 1 March 2015 

External linksedit

  • Official website

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