Objective

The objective is to install Mate desktop environment as an alternative desktop environment.

See also our article: The 8 Best Ubuntu Desktop Environments (18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux) for more desktop environment choices.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Requirements

Administrative root/sudo permissions.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Instructions

Prerequisites

We will be using the tasksel command to install Mate desktop environment. In case the tasksel command is not available on your system you can install it by:
$ sudo apt install tasksel

Install Mate desktop environment

Execute the following linux command to begin installation of the Mate desktop:
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo tasksel install ubuntu-mate-desktop
display manager information
select display manager lightDM

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Select a display manager. lightdm is the default display manager for the Mate desktop.

restart system


Once the installation is finished restart your system.

login to Mate desktop environment


Login with your existing credentials.

Mate desktop environment ready
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