Parabola running MATE Desktop Environment 1.12
|Developer(s)||Stefano Karapetsas, et. al.|
|Initial release||August 19, 2011|
|Written in||C, C++, Python|
|Operating system||Unix-like with X11 (X Window System)|
|License||GNU LGPLv2, GNU GPLv2|
An Argentine user of Arch Linux started the MATE project to fork GNOME in response to the negative reception of GNOME 3, which controversially replaced its traditional desktop interface with GNOME Shell (an abstract, task-based interface), and calls for continued development of the officially-deprecated GNOME 2. MATE aims to maintain the existing GNOME 2 code base, frameworks, and core applications.
It is named after the South American plant yerba mate and tea made from the herb, mate. The name was originally all capital letters to follow the nomenclature of other Free Software desktop environments like KDE and LXDE. The recursive backronym "MATE Advanced Traditional Environment" was subsequently adopted by most of the MATE community, again in the spirit of Free Software like GNU ("GNU's Not Unix!"). The use of a new name, instead of GNOME, avoids naming conflicts with GNOME 3 components.
MATE has forked a number of applications which originated as GNOME Core Applications, and developers have written several other applications from scratch. The forked applications have new names, most of them from Spanish
MATE applications include:
- caja (box) – file manager (from Nautilus)
- pluma (quill/feather/pen) – text editor (from Gedit)
- atril (lectern) – document viewer (from Evince)
- engrampa (staple) – archive manager (from Archive Manager)
- mate-terminal – terminal emulator (from GNOME Terminal)
- marco (frame) – window manager (from Metacity)
- mozo (waiter) – menu-item editor (from Alacarte)
"We consider MATE yet another desktop, just like KDE, Gnome 3, Xfce etc… and based on the popularity of Gnome 2 in previous releases of Linux Mint, we are dedicated to support it and to help it improve. The most popular Linux desktop was, and arguably is, Gnome 2."
|2011-06-18||Announced at Arch Linux forum|
MATE 1.2 was released on 16 April 2012. MATE has been one of the default desktop environments shipped with Linux Mint since version 12 "Lisa", LMDE since "201303", Sabayon Linux since release 10, a Fedora spin (since Fedora 18), and as the desktop environment in Ubuntu MATE 14.10.
MATE is also available in the official repositories of several other Linux distributions, including Arch Linux, Parabola, LMDE, Debian, Ubuntu MATE, Linux Mint, Kali Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, Gentoo, Mageia, ROSA, and PCLinuxOS. Aside from that, there are third party repositories for Slackware. Version 3.5 and up of GhostBSD include MATE as the default desktop environment, making it the second inclusion of MATE as a default desktop, after Linux Mint, and the first in a non-Linux OS. It is also available for FreeBSD (alongside its derivatives, such as PC-BSD) and NetBSD and is default on OpenIndiana.
Parabola is a popular Arch derivative and the first Linux distribution to use MATE as its default desktop environment.
Since Flidas alpha (its version 8), Trisquel has begun to adopt MATE 1.18 instead of GNOME desktop environment.
In March 2015, Ubuntu MATE was granted official Ubuntu flavour status from version 15.04 onwards.
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