How to install Mate Desktop Or Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu

Many Ubuntu users like unity desktop environment , and inversely many users don’t like that at all , most of the time they switch to classic mode or install some other desktop Environment like GNOME or KDE . today I am going to show you how to install mate and cinnamon desktop environment’s in Ubuntu .

Mate Desktop

Okay lets started with Mate Desktop
according to its website

mate in ubuntu

” MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2 ” It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

mate in ubuntu

mate in ubuntu

How to Install

For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate

# Upgrading and Installing 

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop

# For Some eXtra Sauce ;) 

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras

For Ubuntu 14.10 Users ( available in official Repositories )

sudo apt-get install mate-core mate-desktop

Now setup mate as your default desktop environment , in ubuntu edit /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-ubuntu.conf file and set mate in place of ubuntu .

sudo nano  /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-ubuntu.conf 

### replace ubuntu with mate 

setup mate as default desktop environment

or logout and choose mate from lightdm login window

choose mate

choose mate

Cinnamon Desktop

Cinnamon is , crispy and refreshing desktop environment from the developers of linux-mint . latest release is cinnamon 2,4 . in this version they polished and added many tweaks like zoom animation .


  • zoom animation while starting desktop.
  • login sound is now handled directly by Cinnamon
  • “Super+e” now opens up the home directory.
  • multiple panel launchers,
  • improvements in the sound applet,
  • removal of the timeout in the logout dialog
  • Improved Settings
  • background slideshows
  • redesigned nemo toolbar
    and many more fixes and tweaks , see full list of changes in cinnamon 2.4

cinnamon desktop

cinnamon desktop

cinnamon desktop

cinnamon desktop

How to install

# with bleeding edge nightly sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon

setup and install new desktop environment in Ubuntu , I hope it was affirmative for you , thanks for reading .

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