Debian Jessie – Mate

The Mate desktop environment (Gnome2 flavour slightly modernized – http://mate-desktop.org/) is not yet in the Debian Jessie repos. Here’s a quick guide to install it on a fresh Debian 7, with other usefull tools.

Mate 1.6

Check and update your /etc/apt/sources.list

# jessie sources
 deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ jessie main non-free contrib
 deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
 deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main non-free contrib
 deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ jessie-proposed-updates main contrib non-free

# multimedia
 deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free

# mozilla (if needed)
 deb http://cdn.debian.net/debian unstable main

# mate
 deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian jessie main

Create the file /etc/apt/preferences.d/mate

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 10

Package: *
Pin: origin repo.mate-desktop.org
Pin-Priority: 900

Installation :

apt-get update
apt-get install mate-archive-keyring deb-multimedia-keyring
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

# Now to install MATE
apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Useful codecs :

apt-get install gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg ffmpeg sox twolame vorbis-tools lame faad w64codecs libdvdcss2 vlc

Macbook wireless drivers :

apt-get update
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed ‘s,[^-]*-[^-]*-„’) broadcom-sta-dkms
modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac
modprobe wl

Activate font hinting in the Mate-Appearance-Settings window, chose slight.

dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
# Autohinter, Automatic, No.
dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig

User .bashrc [link]

Root .bashrc : /etc/bash.bashrc : activate auto-completion & set a color prompt:

# set a fancy prompt (non-color, overwrite the one in /etc/profile)
    PS1='\[\e[1;31m\][\u@\h]:\W\$\[\e[0m\] '

# enable bash completion in interactive shells
if ! shopt -oq posix; then
  if [ -f /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion ]; then
    . /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion
  elif [ -f /etc/bash_completion ]; then
    . /etc/bash_completion
  fi
fi

Here with Greybird controls, Mediterranean borders, Ubuntu fonts & Faenza Mint icons.

Mate 1.6

Links: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download

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