MATE now available on Debian

The MATE Desktop packages are now available in the official Debian package repositories https://packages.debian.org/wheezy-backports/mate-desktop.

Currently it is in testing so is only available in the testing release (jessie) and unstable release (sid), however if you are using the stable release (wheezy) is it now available in the backports repository.

Adding the backports repository

Before we can install anything from the backports repository we need to update ‘sources.list’.

$ su
Password:

OR

$ sudo -i
Password:
# vi /etc/apt/sources.list

 

Adding the following lines (shown in bold).

# 
deb ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main
deb-src ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main

deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main

# wheezy-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main
deb-src ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main

# wheezy-backports
deb ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main
deb-src ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main

 

Then update the list of available packages – check that this retrieves the lists of available packages from the backports repository (shown in italics).

# apt-get update
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy Release.gpg
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-updates Release.gpg
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release.gpg
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy Release
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-updates Release
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy/main Sources
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy/main i386 Packages
Get:1 ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-backports Release.gpg [836 B]
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main Sources
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-updates/main Sources
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main i386 Packages
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-updates/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex
Hit http://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-updates/main Translation-en/DiffIndex
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main Translation-en
Get:2 ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-backports Release [147 kB]
Get:3 ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-backports/main Sources [370 kB]
Get:4 ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-backports/main i386 Packages [487 kB]
Get:5 ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org wheezy-backports/main Translation-en [305 kB]
Fetched 1,310 kB in 5s (234 kB/s)                              
Reading package lists... Done

 

Having configured your system to be able to install packages from the backports repository you can now install the MATE desktop.

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