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MATE To Make It Into Debian Repositories 152

sfcrazy writes "Fans of the MATE desktop environment, which is a fork of Gnome 2, will be happy to know that MATE is scheduled to be included in the official Debian repositories. Early 2012, it was requested that MATE be included in said repositories, and almost 2 years later, it appears we're almost there."
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MATE To Make It Into Debian Repositories

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  • G'Day (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 21, 2013 @11:39AM (#45481645)


  • Awesome! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by twocows ( 1216842 ) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @12:06PM (#45481905)
    MATE is fantastic for those of us who liked GNOME 2 and want to continue using it and receiving updates for it. They're not including it by default from what I can tell, they're just making it an option to install in the repos. I'm pretty happy about this, I'll definitely be using it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Joepie69 ( 2705533 )
      Running it on my debian system for some time now using the deb packages they from the mate website. Works smooth.. Only have to be carefull with mdm (mate display manager). There exists also a mdm package in the debian repos so when you blindly to apt-get install mdm you will likely not get what you expect..
      • by Anonymous Coward

        I've been using LightDM myself, with MATE on Debian, and it works flawlessly.

    • No, not awesome [], MATE!

  • Current status? (Score:5, Informative)

    by RDW ( 41497 ) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @12:13PM (#45481983)

    The original article seems to be Slashdotted (hey, can we still do that?!), but from the MATE blog: []

    "The MATE Team is very happy to say hello to the new Debian MATE Packaging Team, that is working hard to get MATE included into the next release of Debian...First packages are already in the repositories and there are many others in ftp-master NEW queue."

    which links to: []

    "The plan is to provide MATE inside the Debian archive before the end of the year (if the FTP master time will find enough time to review our uploads)."

    Of course if you don't mind using the upstream repository, you can install it right now: []

  • by ssam ( 2723487 ) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @02:10PM (#45483073)

    This is good news. GNOME2/MATE is a very nicely evolved traditional desktop, that I am sure has more person hours of testing than all the other linux desktops put together (being the default in most major distros for years).

    Having it in the official repos, saves having to hunt down the addresses of the repos when installing. A strength of debian is how broad the repos are. Thanks for the hard work folks.

  • It take its time, but at least, I wonder why debian doubt so long?
  • It's good to see a major distribution acknowledging the efforts of the MATE team. Hopefully other distributions will follow (Arch Linux, I'm looking at you)
  • How is MATE better than Gnome 3.8 in Classic Mode?

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson