Introduction to MATE

What is MATE?

MATE is a fork of the now unmaintained GNOME 2. MATE provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

MATE is under active development to add support for new technologies while preserving a traditional desktop experience. MATE also supports running the environment without compositing, making MATE a suitable choice for lower-end hardware.

MATE Applications

MATE largely consists of GNOME 2 applications, utilities and applets, which have been forked and renamed to avoid conflicts with their GNOME 3 counterparts.

  • Alacarte is renamed Mozo;
  • Nautilus is renamed Caja;
  • Metacity is renamed Marco;
  • Gedit is renamed Pluma;
  • Eye of GNOME is renamed Eye of MATE;
  • Evince is renamed Atril;
  • File Roller is renamed Engrampa.

Where does the name come from?

The name “MATE” comes from yerba maté, a species of holly native to subtropical South America. Its leaves contain caffeine and are used to make infusions and a beverage called mate. The name is pronounced like “Mah-tay”, not like “Mait”.

docs/intro.txt · Last modified: 2015/01/31 03:10 by Joel E
 
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