Install Mate 1.8 Desktop Environment with MintMenu in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty/13.10 Saucy/and other related Ubuntu derivatives
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MATE is a fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. If you wish to use this desktop environment on Ubuntu to replace your current desktop interface. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors. Mate updated to Gtk and all Gtk themes works with Mate, it comes with three themes Menta, BlackMATE, and others.
MATE is under active development to add support for new technologies while preserving a traditional desktop experience.

Mate offers some fork applications for its own desktop:
  • Caja: Caja is official file manager and it is a fork of Nautilus.
  • Pluma: Pluma is a text editor which supports most standard editor features and Pluma is a fork of Gedit.
  • Eye of MATE: eom or the Eye of MATE is a simple graphics viewer for the MATE desktop which uses the gdk-pixbuf library and it is a fork of Eye of GNOME.
  • Atril: Atril is a simple multi-page document viewer and is a fork of Evince.
  • Engrampa: Engrampa is an archive manager for the MATE environment and Engrampa is a fork of File Roller.
  • MATE Terminal: MATE Terminal is a fork of GNOME Terminal.
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Changes in Mate 1.8:
  • Caja (file manager)
    • Added an option to use IEC units instead of SI units
    • Added “Open parent location” option in the search view context menu
  • Marco (window manager)
    • Added side-by-side tiling (window snapping)
  • Panel
    • Added support for Metacity keybindings in the run dialog and main menu
    • Added a progress bar to the logout dialog
  • Control center
    • Added support to use Metacity as a window manager
  • MATE Desktop library
    • Added MATE User Guide
    • Added mpaste tool for
  • Eye Of MATE (image viewer)
    • Added shuffle mode to the slideshow
  • Engrampa (file archiver)
    • Always display “extract to” context menu to Caja
  • Screensaver
    • Displays date and time in lock dialog
  • Applets
    • Added undo functionality to the sticky note applet
    • Added a new “command” applet to show the output of a command
    • Rewrote the “timer” applet in C
    • Clicking the middle mouse on the volume applet toggles mute
  • Dropped packages
    • Replaced mate-doc-utils with yelp-tools
    • Replaced libmatekeyring and mate-keyring with libsecret and gnome-keyring
    • Replaced libmatewnck with libwnck
    • Replaced mucharmap with gucharmap
    • Replaced mate-bluetooth with blueman
    • Merged all Caja extensions into a single package
    • Removed the modem lights applet, as the netspeed applet provides similar functionality
  • Other improvements
    • Fixed a lot of code deprecations
    • Fixed a lot of bugs
    • Improved the build system
    • Added and improved a lot of translations

To install Mate 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To remove repository and uninstall Mate desktop enter following commands in the Terminal:

MintMenu for Mate 1.8 desktop environment
One of the most advanced menus under linux. MintMenu supports filtering, favorites, easy-uninstallation, autosession, and many other features. It is developed by Linux Mint team for their mate edition.
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Right click on panel slecet 'Add to Panel' and find 'MintMenu' then add it (You can keep both menus if you want). Right click on Menu for options like Move, Lock, etc. It can be added to bottom panel.

Install MintMenu in Mate desktop with these commands:
That's it
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