MATE 1.8 has now fully arrived in Debian

Thomas Goirand zigo at
Wed Jun 4 05:46:45 UTC 2014

On 06/03/2014 11:14 PM, Mike Gabriel wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> On  Di 03 Jun 2014 16:25:01 CEST, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>> If I want to try in Wheezy using backports, I get:
>> # sudo apt-get install -t wheezy-backports mate-desktop-environment
>> [...]
>> 0 upgraded, 69 newly installed, 0 to remove and 251 not upgraded.
>> Does this seem normal to you? How come there's 251 not upgraded? Will
>> this break my current Wheezy GNOME desktop (I mean: did you test that?)?
> The 251 means: there are 251 packages in wheezy-backports that are newer
> than on your system (i.e. than in wheezy, if the system is 100% wheezy).
> MATE has no explicitly versioned dependencies on packages in
> wheezy-backports (only inside its own stack of MATE packages).
> So an installation of MATE on Debian wheezy from wheezy-bpo should not
> upgrade any of the currently installed packages (assuming a clean wheezy
> install).
> If you observe something different, please report back and I will take a
> closer look.
> You current GNOME installation from wheezy won't break when installing
> MATE. I run setups like that myself. The MATE upstream team did a great
> job in completely creating a new namespace on the file system for MATE
> installation files. None of the MATE packages conflicts with current
> GNOME packages. In fact, MATE has started using current GNOME components
> (e.g. gnome-keyring) or libs (e.g. libwnck).
> Thanks,
> Mike

I'm now running MATE on my laptop. Bye bye to the slow GNOME 3, I'm back
with file manager at the speed I was used to, a globally reactive
desktop env, the good old applets which I missed, etc. It just works! :)

And it feels goooooood!

Thanks a lot for the work. This is just awesome.

Just one tiny thing. Could we have a Debian logo instead of the Mate
logo on the top-left, just as we used to? :)


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