Running Ubuntu MATE on a Raspberry Pi2

Since I discovered that Ubuntu MATE was available for the Raspberry Pi2 I have been thinking of writing up some instructions for anyone who might be thinking of downloading the image and copying it to a micro SD card using Debian.
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Listing removable media

While I was going through the process of writing up the process of putting an Ubuntu MATE image for the Raspberry Pi2 on to an SD card it occurred to me that there ought to be an easy way for beginners using linux to find out what removable storage devices are connected to their system, you don’t want to overwrite the wrong one by accident!
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Adding some MATE Applications

Having installed a minimal MATE Desktop environment there are a few additional packages that I usually install just to give me a slightly more functional desktop.
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Installing Cinnamon on Debian 8.0 (Jessie)

For fans of Linux Mint who might be thinking of installing Cinnamon from scratch on Debian or anyone else who wants an alternative to the GNOME shell installing Cinnamon on Debian 8.0 is actually very easy. It isn’t exactly a lightweight desktop environment (if you want a light weight desktop environment you should consider LXDE or MATE instead) but it isn’t too much of a resource hog either and runs quite well on my eight year old laptop which only has a 1.8GHz Celeron processor.
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Background downloading with wget

I found myself in the position earlier of wanting to download all the Debian CD images so I can do an install on a system with no network connectivity, then quickly discovered that this was going to take a while with my relatively slow connection (apparently 8Mb/s is good for a village in the middle of Hampshire), and having wget use all the available bandwidth was a bit of a nuisance.
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Viewing files on an Android phone using Debian 8.0 (Jessie)

I wanted to pull some photographs off my android phone at the weekend, so I plugged it in and nothing happened (well nothing useful anyway). I quickly remembered that you need support for mtpfs…
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Ubuntu Mate on the Raspberry Pi 2

I happen to know some Ubuntu fans (you know who you are) so I was rather pleased to find that Ubuntu MATE is available for the Raspberry Pi 2 – now they have no excuse not to get one!

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