Install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

MATE (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmate]) is a desktop environment forked from the now-unmaintained code base of GNOME 2. The name derives from yerba mate, a species of holly native to subtropical South America used to prepare a beverage called mate.

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Mate-Desktop-Environment on Linux Mint (This is a customized by the author and may differ from default installation )

**Applications :**

Several GNOME applications have been forked and renamed:

Installing Mate-Desktop-Environment (Main)

MATE has its own Ubuntu repository, available for Ubuntu . To add the repository and install MATE Desktop in Ubuntu, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Now after all packages are unpacked.

** Reboot**

Uninstalling Mate-Desktop-Environment (Removing)

If you want to remove MATE Desktop, you can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove atril atril-common caja caja-common engrampa engrampa-common ffmpegthumbnailer-caja libcaja-extension libmarco libmate libmate-common libmatecanvas libmatecomponent libmatecomponentui libmateconf libmatecorba libmatedesktop libmatekbd libmatekeyring libmatemenu libmatenotify libmatepanelapplet libmatepolkit libmateui libmatevfs libmateweather libmateweather-common marco marco-common mate-applets mate-applets-common mate-backgrounds mate-conf mate-conf-common mate-control-center mate-corba mate-core mate-desktop mate-desktop-common mate-dialogs mate-icon-theme mate-keyring mate-media mate-menus mate-mime-data mate-panel mate-panel-common mate-polkit mate-power-manager mate-power-manager-common mate-screensaver mate-session-manager mate-settings-daemon mate-settings-daemon-common mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer mate-system-monitor mate-terminal mate-terminal-common mate-text-editor mate-themes mate-vfs mate-vfs-common mate-window-manager python-mate

f you’ve install the extra MATE packages (mate-desktop-environment), use the following command to remove them:

sudo apt-get remove libmatesensorsappletplugin mate-calc mate-desktop-environment mate-netspeed mate-sensors-applet mate-system-tools mate-utils mozo python-mate-menu system-tools-backends


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Install/Upgrade Linux Kernel 3.7.8 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

**Linux Kernel 3.7.8 **This kernel has fixed various bugs especially for TCP/IPv4/IPv6. In this guide, we will help you install it in a system running Ubuntu/Linux Mint with a simple bash script, but bear in mind that we are not liable for any damage that this may cause to your system.

Here are some of the changes in Linux Kernel 3.7.8 as shown in the kernel’s changelog:

  • **    tcp: fix splice() and tcp collapsing interaction**

  • **    tcp: splice: fix an infinite loop in tcp_read_sock()**

  • **    tcp: fix incorrect LOCKDROPPEDICMPS counter**

  • **    tcp: fix a panic on UP machines in reqsk_fastopen_remove**

  • **    net/mlx4_en: Fix bridged vSwitch configuration for non SRIOV mode**

  • **    net: loopback: fix a dst refcounting issue**

  • **    ipv4: Fix route refcount on pmtu discovery**

  • **    ipv6: fix the noflags test in addrconf_get_prefix_route**

  • **    ipv6/ip6_gre: fix error case handling in ip6gre_tunnel_xmit()**

  • **    ipv6: fix header length calculation in ip6_append_data()**

  • **    mwifiex: fix incomplete scan in case of IE parsing error**

  • **    Bluetooth: Fix handling of unexpected SMP PDUs**

  • **    rtlwifi: Fix scheduling while atomic bug**

  • **    rtlwifi: Fix the usage of the wrong variable in usb.c**

  • **    isdn/gigaset: fix zero size border case in debug dump**

Linux Kernel 3.7.8 Installation

To install Linux Kernel 3.7.8 in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04 and Linux Mint 14/13 or older, enter these commands in the terminal:

cd /tmp

wget -O kernel-3.7.8

chmod +x kernel-3.7.8

**sudo sh kernel-3.7.8 **

** sudo reboot**

if the upgrade of the Kernel creates any problem type the command below to revert back to stock kernel:

*sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.7.8 **


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Installing Graphics Cards Drivers on Ubuntu/Linux Mint

This article will help you install NVIDIA, Intel or AMD/ATI Drivers on your Linux PC depending on your Graphic Card Manufacturer.


  • In 12.04, launch the Additional Hardware Drivers dialog from System Settings. In 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the Additional Drivers tab in the Software Sources menu.
  • Install the newest Nvidia-experimental-NNN driver. Note that you probably will need to scroll down to see the experimental drivers

command line install

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


  • Enable the pre-released updates. You can enable this repository by opening Ubuntu Software Center, selecting Edit | Software sources… and then enabling the Pre-released updates option on the Updates tab.
  • Update your repository to the latest version in the Update Manager.
  • Remove the currently installed drivers.
  • In 12.04, launch the Additional Hardware Drivers dialog from System Settings.  In 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the Additional Drivers tab in the Software Sources menu.
  • Install the newest fglrx-experimental-X driver.

An alternative method of installing the drivers is to install directly from the developer website. Instructions to do so can be found here. This would install the absolute latest drivers for ATI graphics cards, but it could also lead to some unforeseen instability.


For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Linux Mint 13, you’ll need to update your mesa stack using the x-updates PPA.

On the command line, run

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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Dropbox for Windows 8

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications. Recently Dropbox, Inc made a Dropbox client for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

The client offers a clean Morden UI based interface, users can upload or view files or images and also share using charms bar.
Screenshot below: Dropbox app login screen

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Sharing files using charms bar

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Click the Windows Store button below to view the App in Windows Store

Full review coming soon

Android 4.2 – get it for your Intel systems…

Android is a very popular Linux based operating system used very widely on touchscreen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Being predominantly mobile in usage, you’d expect to see it with low power processors mainly those with the ARM architecture. However, the community of Android doesn’t want to leave those, with Intel systems, left behind.

Android 4.2 ON Intel

Android, while commercially licensed by Google for general use, it is also available under an open source Apache License called the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

The open source code and permissive licensing allow the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Additionally, Android has a large community of developers writing applications that extend the functionality of devices, written primarily in a customised version of the Java programming language.

With the recent release of Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”, there was a request to the community for an Intel version of Jelly Bean. Android 4.2 for Intel can run on devices with Intel processors – could be your Intel-powered smartphones or even your Intel PC. The stock ISO doesn’t contain all drivers you might need but will include the most common drivers as shipped in the Linux kernel. It is regularly tested by the AOSP community and is available for download from the download section of their website.

For more information visit Android x86 project or Android Source.

The current version can be downloaded from the Android x86 project page.

OR you could get the stock ISO by clicking the button below.

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