Install Mint Mate Desktop 1.2 in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

The GNOME 2 Fork 'Mate' is a desktop environment. If you wish to use this desktop environment on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise to replace your current Unity or Gnome Shell interface, then follow the instructions given below.

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Changes and improvements in Mate 1.2:
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • All conflicts with GNOME were fixed
  • All configuration files were moved to ~/.config/mate
  • An undo/redo feature was added in Caja
  • Libmate’s mate-open command is now faster to open applications.
  • Mate settings daemon now supports the PulseAudio and GStreamer backends
  • New applications: mozo (alacarte fork), python-caja, caja-gksu, caja-image-converter
  • Artwork:
    • Mate themes were renamed to avoid conflicts with GNOME
    • A new MATE wallpaper was added
    • MATE now features its own icon

To install Mate desktop in Ubuntu open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
Here is announcement of Mate 1.2, Enjoy
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