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MATE 1.4 Released, PPA Available

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MATE is a traditional looking desktop environment derived from Gnome 2. It was specially designed for Gnome 2 lovers who did not want to switch to Gnome 3 for several reasons. A new version of MATE is available and it brings numerous changes and bug fixes as given below:

  • mate-keyring and libmatekeyring backends updated and now integrate properly
  • caja-dropbox package now available
  • New themes added to mate-notification-daemon
  • Removed indicator-applet-session
  • File sharing now available via bluetooth
  • Added option to use fast alt-tabbing when compositing is enabled in marco
  • mate-icon-theme-faenza now available
  • mate-character-map now available
  • mate-screensaver now supports GDM user switching
  • Removed nyancat from the mate-desktop about dialog
  • Forked libwnck (now libmatewnck)
  • Caja improvements:
  • Restored toggle button for text based location bar
  • Bookmarks can now be opened in the places side pane via the enter and space keys
  • Added a button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog

To install MATE on your Ubuntu based distro, you will need to add a PPA and install it with following commands:

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sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main”
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

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