Install Mate Desktop 1.4 in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint

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 1.4:
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • mate-keyring and libmatekeyring backends updated and now integrate properly
  • caja-dropbox package now available
  • New themes added to mate-notification-daemon
  • Removed indicator-applet-session
  • File sharing now available via bluetooth
  • Added option to use fast alt-tabbing when compositing is enabled in marco
  • mate-icon-theme-faenza now available
  • mate-character-map now available
  • mate-screensaver now supports GDM user switching
  • Removed nyancat from the mate-desktop about dialog
  • Forked libwnck (now libmatewnck)
  • Caja improvements:
    • Restored toggle button for text based location bar
    • Bookmarks can now be opened in the places side pane via the enter and space keys
    • Added a button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog

To install Mate desktop in Ubuntu 12.10/Linux Mint 14 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install Mate desktop in Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
That's it
Source: Mate Desktop
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