MATE now available on Debian

The MATE Desktop packages are now available in the official Debian package repositories

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


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


Adding the following lines (shown in bold).

deb wheezy main
deb-src wheezy main

deb wheezy/updates main
deb-src wheezy/updates main

# wheezy-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb wheezy-updates main
deb-src wheezy-updates main

# wheezy-backports
deb wheezy-backports main
deb-src 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 wheezy Release.gpg
Hit wheezy-updates Release.gpg
Hit wheezy/updates Release.gpg
Hit wheezy Release
Hit wheezy/updates Release
Hit wheezy-updates Release
Hit wheezy/main Sources
Hit wheezy/main i386 Packages
Get:1 wheezy-backports Release.gpg [836 B]
Hit wheezy/updates/main Sources
Hit wheezy/main Translation-en
Hit wheezy-updates/main Sources
Hit wheezy/updates/main i386 Packages
Hit wheezy-updates/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex
Hit wheezy-updates/main Translation-en/DiffIndex
Hit wheezy/updates/main Translation-en
Get:2 wheezy-backports Release [147 kB]
Get:3 wheezy-backports/main Sources [370 kB]
Get:4 wheezy-backports/main i386 Packages [487 kB]
Get:5 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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