Ubuntu Mate Download, Installation and Review – POFTUT

Ubuntu Mate Download, Installation and Review

Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distribution and operating system. Ubuntu provides different Desktop flavors like KDE, Gnome, Unity, XFCE, Mate. In this tutorial, we will download, install and take a look to the Ubuntu Mate Desktop.

Download Ubuntu Mate

Ubuntu Mate provided for different architectures and platforms. 64 bit and 32 bit x86, RaspberryPi(ARMv7, ARMv8), GPD Pocket platforms are supported. In this case, we will download the 64-bit PC or x86 platform.

https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/

Download Ubuntu Mate

Download Ubuntu Mate

When we click to the 64-bit will see the following screen which provides 2 versions of Ubuntu. We will select the 19.04 (Disco) which is the latest but do not have long term support.

We will see the following screen which provides ISO file as torrent, magnet link or file.

Create Ubuntu Mate Installation Medium/USB/CD

If we will install the Ubuntu Mate into a physical PC, Laptop, RaspberryPi we should burn the ISO file onto a CD, USB or similar medium. We can use the following tutorial which explains.

How To Create Bootable Ubuntu Installation USB/Flash Disk with Rufus On Windows?

Install Ubuntu Mate

We will see the following screen where it is the start of the Ubuntu Mate.

Ubuntu Mate Start Screen

Ubuntu Mate Start Screen

If we are installing Ubuntu Mate for the VmWare the installation will start automatically like below.

Ubuntu Mate Installation

Ubuntu Mate Installation

Ubuntu Mate First Look

In this part, we will look at some popular components of the MATE desktop.

Application Menu

We can see that there are different applications categories like,

  • All contains all applications
  • Favourites contains favorite applications
  • Accessories contains helpful applications
  • Administration contains administrative applications like Startup Disk Creator, Users and Groups
  • Education contains educational applications if they are installed
  • Graphics contains applications used to view, create, edit graphics like Shotwell, Gimp, etc
  • Internet contains internet-related applications like Firefox, Thunderbird, Transmission
  • Office contains office-related applications like LibreOffice, Atril Document Viewer
  • Preferences contains personal configuration about the MATE and Desktop experience like Appearance, About User, Displays etc.
  • Sound&Video contains applications like Brasero, Cheese, VLC Media Player
  • System Tools contains Mate Terminal, Mate Disk Usage Analyzer, Mate System Monitor
Application Menu

Application Menu

Install Software To Ubuntu MATE

We can install the Ubuntu MATE packages with the Software&Updates applications. We can access it from Menu->Administration->Software&Updates like below.

Software&Updates For Ubuntu Mint

Software&Updates For Ubuntu Mint

We will see the following screen where we can change package and repository related configurations. We can install the synaptic GUI based package manager with the following command from the terminal.

Ubuntu Mate Install Synaptic

Ubuntu Mate Install Synaptic

We can now open the Synaptic Package Manager from the Menu like below.

We will be asked for the password to get root privileges.

The main screen of the Synaptic Package Manager is like below.

Ubuntu Mate Synaptic Package Manager Main Window

Ubuntu Mate Synaptic Package Manager Main Window

Ubuntu Mate is periodically checking for the updates. When there are new versions of the installed packages they are listed for the update like below.

Ubuntu Mate Software Updater

Ubuntu Mate Software Updater

Ubuntu Mate Control Center

We can change various configuration about the Ubuntu Mate from the Mate->Control Center which will open a screen like below.

As we can see we can change different configuration about the Ubuntu Mate from the Control Center.

Session Lock Screen

After some time if there is no interaction with the Mate we will see the following Lock Screen where we can unlock with the user password.

Session Lock Screen

Session Lock Screen

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