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LMDE Cinnamon to MATE

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Hi All,

I installed LMDE Cinnamon earlier today before realizing there was a MATE edition and really like the MATE look. Is it possible to convert my Cinnamon to MATE without doing a reinstall? It is not a big deal but may be easier to install the MATE DE versus installing the whole system over again. I just wanted to ask before taking the plunge.

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Re: LMDE Cinnamon to MATE

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Okay, I followed the directions on this website and things seem to be working well so far, http://www.itworld.com/software/408166/ ... ux-mint-16

The only thing I wasn't sure about is that the default taskbar is at the top so apparently LMDE does some specific configuring to MATE that I will need to figure out or just install MATE edition fresh.
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Well, I decided to stick with Cinnamon as it has a few features I consider critical such as the Sound Preference Output Device and it has a clean interface. I like MATE a lot but I think Cinnamon has won me over. :)
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joejohnston3 wrote:Okay, I followed the directions on this website and things seem to be working well so far, http://www.itworld.com/software/408166/ ... ux-mint-16

The only thing I wasn't sure about is that the default taskbar is at the top so apparently LMDE does some specific configuring to MATE that I will need to figure out or just install MATE edition fresh.
Just out of curiosity, I thought that it was 'dangerous' to mix Ubuntu repositories into the regular Debian-based LMDE ones? Isn't that what these instructions are suggesting?
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darethehair wrote: Just out of curiosity, I thought that it was 'dangerous' to mix Ubuntu repositories into the regular Debian-based LMDE ones?
Oh yeah it is!
darethehair wrote:Isn't that what these instructions are suggesting?
Not exactly since this tutorial was primary intended to install MATE 1.8 in Linux Mint 16 (so the one based on Ubuntu)
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Yes, that was a concern of mine and last night I removed the MATE from my system to avoid issues!
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joejohnston3 wrote:Yes, that was a concern of mine and last night I removed the MATE from my system to avoid issues!
If you want MATE on your system, use the instruction given in the MATE wiki page: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download "Debian Jessie' section. You may have to pick one lib from Debian Testing. Be careful :)
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Re: LMDE Cinnamon to MATE

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I don't think it's needed - it should be enough to install mint-meta-debian-mate from the Mint repo.

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Monsta wrote:I don't think it's needed - it should be enough to install mint-meta-debian-mate from the Mint repo.
Sorry, I should have been more precise in my previous message :lol:

If you want MATE 1.8, then you should use MATE install wiki.
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Re: LMDE Cinnamon to MATE

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I used the LMDE Mate disk as my base and then installed the Cinnamon meta package and dependencies. I am having no problems running both desktops.

There are some duplication in the menus and control centers, but nothing horrific. I still need to play with that but I suspect fiddling with OnlyShowIn and NotShowIn in the duplicate *.desktop files will resolve the problem.

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Re: LMDE Cinnamon to MATE

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You can run the menu editor (in MATE it's called mozo) and uncheck the entries you don't want to be displayed.

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You can run the menu editor (in MATE it's called mozo) and uncheck the entries you don't want to be displayed.
True, but that applies only to each user. :) We want the changes to be system-wide. Modified *.desktop files in /usr/local should suffice, but I still need to test. Another system-wide option is to modify the /etc/xdg/menus.

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