Install MATE on your Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon system

How to add the MATE desktop to your Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon computer

Here's how you can install the MATE desktop on your Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon system. This will let you use either desktop by switching the desktop session on the Linux Mint 13 login menu.

1. Click the Menu button.

2. Click the Administration button.

3. Click the Synaptic Package Manager button to start Synaptic.

4. Do a search for “mate desktop” without the quotes.

5. You’ll see a list of packages that can be installed, select the mate-desktop-environment package.

6. Click the Apply button to install your packages.

7. Log out of your Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon session.

8. Click the session icon on the login screen.

9. Click the MATE option.

10. Click the Change Session button.

11. Type in your user ID and password to login.

12. A menu will pop up giving you the option to use MATE as the default desktop, or to use it just for this session.

13. Your MATE desktop will load. You can go back to Cinnamon by choosing it on the session menu on the login screen.

This story, "Install MATE on your Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon system" was originally published by ITworld.

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