Tag Archives: MATE

Configuring wireless networking using MATE

I’ve been using MATE as my main desktop for some time so when it came to installing Linux on my new laptop (an HP 6470b that I picked up second-hand) it was the obvious choice. Advertisements

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Enable Shutdown and Restart for Remote Sessions

If you are connecting to an X Window session on one machine remotly from another machine running X Windows then by default you will not be able to shut down or reboot the system from the login screen, and will … Continue reading

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Installing Firefox and Thunderbird on a Raspberry Pi

Whilst the Mozilla project does not provide downloads for Firefox or Thunderbird for the Raspberry Pi that does not mean you can’t install them! The trick is knowing what the unbranded Open Source versions of these applications are called, these … Continue reading

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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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Files needed for mate-screenshot

I don’t like installing stuff on my system I don’t need but do find that being able to take screenshots useful – particularly when writing up articles for this blog. However while the screenshot utility used to be a separate … Continue reading

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Installing MATE on Raspbian/Debian 8.0 (jessie)

I don’t actively dislike the GNOME 3 look and feel, but I don’t really like it either and much prefer the MATE Desktop environment. Previously I installed MATE from the backports repository and used it with Debian wheezy for a … Continue reading

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Adding sound to MATE

When I originally wrote up how to install MATE I did not include the packages you need to enable audio play back (my excuse is that I was aiming to install as little as possible).

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Enabling an Intel Pro 2200 wireless network card

Since MATE was now available in the Debian repositories I decided to see how well one of my older laptops (an HP 510 with a 1.4 Ghz Celeron CPU and 512MB RAM) would cope.

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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.

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Switching to Pulse Audio on MATE Desktop

I’m a rather conservative type and I’ve been using ALSA as my audio back-end for longer then I can remember.

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