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  • Installing Mate Desktop in CrunchBangpublished on January 19, 2014

    You want Gnome2 back, don’t you? Well, good luck finding it in any updated repositories; gnome2 has been deprecated for some time now. But what if you’re a curmudgeonly old geek that just wants his easy-to-use desktop environment back?

    Enter Mate Desktop, a fork of Gnome2.

    I dropped Ubuntu years ago when it became apparent the distribution was becoming more and more bloated. I have since been running various flavors of Debian; my standard workhorse distro is CrunchBang. This documents the process of installing Mate Desktop in CrunchBang Waldorf.

    1. Open /etc/apt/sources.list in an editor…

      sudo geany /etc/apt/sources.list
      …and append the following to the bottom of the file:
      # Debian Wheezy/CrunchBang Waldorf Mate Desktop repository
      deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main
      Save and close Geany.

    2. Update your software repositories and install the mate-archive-keyring…

      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring 
      …then update again and install the Mate Desktop, with extra packages.
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extra
      Mate Desktop is now installed.

    3. Open /etc/slim.conf in an editor…

      sudo geany /etc/slim.conf
      …and add Mate Desktop to the SLiM Desktop Environment rotation:
      # sessions            openbox-session
      sessions            openbox-session,mate-session
      Save and close Geany.

    4. Select your default session manager:

      sudo update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
      Rejoice, you're done! Restart and login for your new (old) desktop experience.