How to Install Mate 1.6 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Fedora

Hello LinuxGeeksters.

In this article I will show you how to install the latest Mate desktop environment, Mate 1.6 on Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 14, Linux Mint 13, Fedora 18, Fedora 17 and Debian Wheezy.

So, let’s start. For a successful installation, follow my steps exactly.

Install Mate 1.6 on Ubuntu 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04 and Linux Mint 14 / 13:

Add the repo for Ubuntu 13.04:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu raring main"

Add the repo for Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 14:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu quantal main"

For Linux Mint only, add these lines to the /etc/apt/preferences:
Package: *
Pin: origin packages.mate-desktop.org
Pin-Priority: 700

Add the repo for Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main"

For Linux Mint only, add these lines to the /etc/apt/preferences:
Package: *
Pin: origin packages.mate-desktop.org
Pin-Priority: 700

Update the system:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install Mate archive keyring:

$ sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring

Update the system again:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install Mate:

$ sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment

Install Mate 1.6 on Debian Wheezy:

Add the repository:

$ sudo su
# echo “deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list

Update the system:

# apt-get update

Install Mate Archive Keyring:
# apt-get install mate-archive-keyring

Update the system again:

# apt-get update

Install Mate:

# apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop-environment

Install Mate 1.6 on Fedora 18 and Fedora 17:

For Fedora 18:

$ wget -c https://dl.dropbox.com/u/105479527/Mate-Desktop/fedora-release-extra-18/mate-desktop-fedora/noarch/mate-desktop-extra-release-18-1.fc18.noarch.rpm
$ sudo yum install mate-desktop-extra-release-*.rpm
$ sudo yum groupinstall MATE-Desktop

For Fedora 17:

$ wget -c https://dl.dropbox.com/u/49862637/Mate-desktop/fedora_17/mate-desktop-fedora-updates/noarch/mate-desktop-release-17-4.fc17.noarch.rpm
$ sudo yum install mate-desktop-extra-release-*.rpm
$ sudo yum groupinstall MATE-Desktop

This is it. ENJOY.

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11 comments on “How to Install Mate 1.6 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Fedora
  1. Jeannie says:

    So, how to upgrade Mint 14 MATE to MATE 1.6? Your instructions do not work there.

  2. lgadmin says:

    @Jeannie , did you follow my instructions exactly?

  3. Alan Cheng says:

    I’m using LinuxMint 14 Nadia mate version, and your instructions did not work on it. Still get Mate 1.4

  4. sachin says:

    I also tried on lm 13 but these did not work

  5. Alan Cheng says:

    after re-read the install page on mate-desktop.org, there is one step needsed before we do apt-get update/install: setting apt preferences:

    add below lines to /etc/apt/preferences (for LinuxMint 14):

    Package: *
    Pin: origin packages.mate-desktop.org
    Pin-Priority: 700

    read more on http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download

  6. Naipaul Ojar says:

    I have tried the Fedora Install instructions but they do not work. They are correct statements but they do not define a new repository to download the Mate-Desktop v1.6.

    rpm -qa | grep mate-desktop
    mate-desktop-libs-1.5.8-1.fc18.x86_64
    mate-desktop-1.5.8-1.fc18.x86_64
    mate-desktop-extra-release-18-1.fc18.noarch

    The last is a package and not a repository.

  7. LMUSER says:

    For Linux Mint where it states you need to add to the /etc/apt/preferences file it is incorrect. packages.linuxmint.com is already there, it should be packages.mate-desktop.org and then upgrading will work just fine.

  8. Dirk Haar says:

    I followed the instructions above (as this page was supposed in a reply on http://mate-desktop.org/2013/04/02/mate-1-6-released), everything was installed withou error (ok, some warnings about duplicate package sources), rebooted –
    everything seems still to be Mate 1.4 (menu/info in system-monitor etc.).
    Doesn’t it work on my Mint 14 (Nadia) 64Bit system?
    Any guess, e.g. how to REALLY check current Mate version?
    Thanks, Dirk

  9. Daniel says:

    IMPORTANT NOTE for Linux Mint 14 Users:

    As LMUSER noted, packages from packages.linuxmint.com should NOT have the same pin-level as those from packages.mate-desktop.org

    So when you edit /etc/apt/preferences make sure the pin-level of packages.linuxmint.com is not the same as packages.mate-desktop.org, the mate packages SHOULD BE pinned higher than mint, and ubuntu packages..

    For reference here is my /etc/apt/preferences file contents:

    Package: *
    Pin: release o=linuxmint
    Pin-Priority: 700

    Package: *
    Pin: origin packages.mate-desktop.org
    Pin-Priority: 700

    Package: *
    Pin: origin packages.linuxmint.com
    Pin-Priority: 600

    Package: *
    Pin: release o=Ubuntu
    Pin-Priority: 500

    Explaination of APT pinning can be found here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PinningHowto

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