From Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition to Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate Desktop Environment

Replaced @Linux_Mint 16 Mate Edition with @Ubuntu 13.10 plus @Mate_Desktop to replicate the feel of Ubuntu 12.04 @Gnome Fallback, since discontinued in favour of Gnome Flashback (based on Gnome 3 Shell).  Before that, I first tried superseding Ubuntu 12.04 with Ubuntu Gnome 13.10.

I’m used to having the Window List at the top of the screen, and launch panel at the bottom of the screen.  This was configurable in Gnome 2 Panel but is not configurable in Gnome 3 Shell.

Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition was a better choice for me than the Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Edition, as I have two drives in this laptop, and the Nemo file manager didn’t sufficiently make the “Documents” folder under “Computer” with the Linux disk sufficiently different from the “Documents” folder as a Bookmark from the Windows 7 disk.  The Caja file manager on Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition did make the Bookmark distinct.

However, when I failed to install Dropbox onto Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition with the Caja file manager, a forum thread on “Dropbox breaks after last mint update” discouraged me from proceeding with Mint.

There’s a long thread on “Why does everyone hate Unity?”  Unity has been the standard desktop provided by Canonical since 2010, and provides a bridge for Ubuntu to have a more uniform experience on tablets and smartphones.  However, I’ve found that I can work faster with the Gnome 2 look-and-feel, than either Gnome 3 or Unity.

Unlike the recent criticisms that “Forcing the Modern UI on Windows 8 users was Microsoft’s biggest mistake“, Linux gives users a choice with many distributions and flavours.

Mate Desktop

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2 comments on “From Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition to Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate Desktop Environment
  1. Bob says:

    As I posted in one your other articles. Why not check out Linux Mint DE (Debian Edition) with MATE. It has 2 good features – rolling updates (no need to worry about LTS anymore) and non-PAE support (for that older H/W with the Intel “M” series processors). I also use Dropbox and had no problems installing it (can’t recall if it was installed as part of the process or I used the S/W package manager (not Synaptic).

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  2. daviding says:

    Bob, as my use has evolved, I’m actually now using Ubuntu 13.10 with the Unity interface. The target device is a Thinkpad X230T, which I’ve discovered is a great pen-based device (although too big to be a good tablet). Mate / Gnome doesn’t seem to work so well for me when the device is in portrait orientation rather than the usual landscape orientation. Since the Unity interface is designed for both PCs and mobile devices, and I have multiple laptops (and even more mobile devices), I’m looking forward to the changes coming with Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10. I disliked the Unity interface when it was first introduced, but appreciate now that it’s improved with feedback from the community, and is moving forward in a way that Gnome-heritage projects are not.

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