Install Linux Mint Mate Desktop In Ubuntu 11.10

Due to frequent Unity issues and UI preferences, many Ubuntu users have installed the Gnome 3 and the classic Gnome (Gnome Fallback) sessions. Although Gnome Fallback session brings many of the Gnome 2 user interface features, it is greatly deprived of the eye candy. If you are an Ubuntu 11.10 user who wishes to obtain a Gnome 2 style desktop with a stylish interface, then try Linux Mint 12. In this post, we will provide you with the procedure to install Linux Mint 12.

First of all, install MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extension) in Ubuntu 11.10 by entering this command in Terminal.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

This will pop-up a gedit window, where you will require adding the following line at the end (as exactly shown).

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import

Once done, enter these commands in Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring
sudo apt-get update

After following the procedure described above, MGSE and MATE will become available in Ubuntu Software Center. Now, search and install Mint Gnome Shell Extension, followed by Mint Meta Mate from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Linux Mint Mate 2

If installation fails, you can fix broken packages using Synaptic Package Manager, and locating broken packages under Custom Filters. Mark and remove broken packages to fix installation issues. It must be noted that Synaptic Package Manager does not come pre-installed with Ubuntu 11.10, and will have to be installed via the Ubuntu Software Center. If you get an error while running sudo add-apt-repository, and are unable to launch Ubuntu Software Center (after installing MGSE and MATE), then run this Terminal command.

sudo gedit /etc/lsb-release

In the gedit window, replace the existing text with the following and hit save.

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu

DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.10

DISTRIB_CODENAME=oneiric

DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu oneiric”

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Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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