17 May 2012

How To Install MATE Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and How To Use Ubuntu Ambiance Theme on MATE Desktop Environment


MATE Desktop Environment 1.2.2 On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
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MATE Desktop Environment has been growing popular. In the earlier version, I found that this Gnome 2 Fork was messy, absoulutely unstable and wasn't ready yet for everyday computing. So do in the 1.2 version for Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot, I found this DE was still unstable, especially if I used Ubuntu Ambiance theme, the desktop will be crashed (panel lost etc).

I almost gave this DE up until I got a suprise when I took an experiment with MATE 1.2.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This Destkop is amazingly quite stable and ready to use for now. Even, we can use Ubuntu Ambiance theme with no problem. But, to be known, we can't just use official Ubuntu Ambiance theme for MATE. If we use official Ubuntu Ambiance Theme, the panel will look incomplete and messy.

Hapilly, there is a project to provides a customized version of Ubuntu Ambiance Theme specialzed for XFCE and LXDE. I suddenly temembered that MATE and XFCE and LXDE now is very similar. They are DE with gtk2 so I thought how about using Ambiance Theme For XFCE and LXDE on MATE Desktop, and the result was really good.

Because of the success, I decided to remove the XFCE and LXDE configurations in the theme and then renamed the theme to be : Light-Themes-MATE, and I packed the theme into a Debian package so we all can install it easily on our MATE desktop. Here is the theme you can download and install :

MATE Installation
MATE installation instruction can be found at http://mate-desktop.org/install/


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I installed the .deb package now what? I restarted but still my theme is bugged.