How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby simplex on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:21 pm

I am a little bit confused:

I cite from http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

"It is available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD and features a Gnome and an Xfce edition."

Some lines before:

"Download mirrors: MATE/Cinnamon: [32-bit] [64-bit]"

It is this version that I downloaded and installed. But I have never been asked whether I wanted to have MATE or Cinnamon. So I do not know what kind of surface I have (forgive me, I am a newbie).

MATE is Gnome 2 and will stay Gnome 2, right?
Cinnamon is Gnome 3 and will stay Gnome 3, right?

Are there other desktop environments possible, for example, the leightweight LXDE? (My machine is old.)

Greetings, thanks for your work,
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Re: What window manager/deskop environment does LMDE use?

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:50 pm

Yes, MATE is based on gtk2 like the old Gnome 2, and Cinnamon is based on gtk3 like Gnome 3.

At the login screen you can choose either MATE or Cinnamon for that session.

It is possible to install other desktops such as LXDE or KDE if you desire. You would then be able to select that desktop session at the login screen.
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Re: What window manager/deskop environment does LMDE use?

Postby simplex on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:26 pm

No, I have just logged out, even rebooted, but the login screen gives me no possibility to choose between MATE or Cinnamon!?
All I get is the choice between "Gnome/Gnome (recovery mode".

I still do not know what desktop environment I actually have... :)
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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby simplex on Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:51 pm

Seems that no one has an answer, or too few people read this thread, so I felt free to change the overall title of the thread.

I guess, my desktop is Cinnamon, but how can I be sure? And I really have no choice on login to change to MATE. The only option is "Gnome", which means everything and nothing...

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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby zerozero on Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:06 pm

that is odd
my best bet is that you installed an older iso of lmde (one that only has gnome, but that would mean 201109 the 3rd option in this list)
we can have a rough idea how old is the iso if you run this command
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dpkg --list | grep linux-image*
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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby simplex on Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:33 pm

As requested:

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ziegler@MeinNC10-Debian ~ $ dpkg --list | grep linux-image*
ii  linux-image-2.6.35-22-generic         2.6.35-22.33                                      Linux kernel image for version 2.6.35 on x86/x86_64
ii  linux-image-generic                   2.6.35.22.23                                      Generic Linux kernel image

As I wrote in the initial posting, I have used the latest ISO available.

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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby zerozero on Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:43 am

simplex,
please can you please post the output of
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inxi -Sr
(as far as i can see you are not running lmde and neither none of the supported mint editions, i believe that there was a mistake somewhere in the download and what you have is an old <mint10?> edition )
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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby simplex on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:19 pm

As requested:

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$ inxi -Sr
System:    Host MeinNC10-Debian Kernel 2.6.35-22-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 10 Julia
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ julia main upstream import
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick partner
           deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ maverick free non-free
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/local-repository.list
           deb file:///usr/share/local-repository binary/


As I wrote in the initial posting, I took the image from http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php. I am 100% sure! I was even involved in another thread about problems installiing LMDE fom a USB-stick:

viewtopic.php?f=189&t=117961

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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby zerozero on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:51 pm

simplex,
i'm sorry, i have no idea what happened but it's very clear in the output you just gave us
System: Host MeinNC10-Debian Kernel 2.6.35-22-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 10 Julia

mint 10 is obsolete since last april http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php (it won't get any updates, the servers are closed, you can't install any new app)
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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby simplex on Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:22 pm

OK, I''ll go again through all the steps described on

http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

This means downlaoding from

http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=99

But what do you mean by "mint 10 is obsolete since last april"? isn't LMDE a rolling release, so that the point of time you start in does not matter? Seems that have not fully understood what a rolling release really is.

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Re: How to select MATE as the desktop manager?

Postby zerozero on Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:28 pm

lmde is a rolling release you are using mint 10 julia: 2 complete different animals

this is your output
System: Host MeinNC10-Debian Kernel 2.6.35-22-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 10 Julia

this is lmde
System: Host: deb-kde Kernel: 3.2.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE 4.8.4 Distro: Linux Mint Debian Edition


the path you show above is correct but (don't ask me why) you ended up d/ling and installing the wrong release
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