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Install Ubuntu MATE 18.04

Ubuntu comes up with a number of available flavors. These are essentially different desktop environments over the core Ubuntu. Ubuntu is, by far, one of the most popular Linux distros for everyday users because it offers both simplicity and control over the system. In fact, almost all the available Linux tools work with Ubuntu. There are also a number of other Linux distros that are based on the awesomeness of Ubuntu.

Today, let’s take a look at getting one of the coolest Ubuntu flavors – Ubuntu MATE. Did you know that you could backup your Ubuntu system entirely for installing later?

Getting Ubuntu MATE

There are 2 different ways you can get yourself the Ubuntu MATE experience – installing MATE desktop environment on any of the Ubuntu installations or installing Ubuntu MATE directly into your system.

Installing MATE desktop

This is the easiest way to enjoy the MATE desktop environment. Run the following commands –

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sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-mate-desktop

After the installation is complete, select MATE session.

Voila! It’s Ubuntu MATE (technically)!

Installing Ubuntu MATE

Download the latest installation image file of Ubuntu MATE.

Most of the computers in the world currently now support 64-bit system with 4GB or more RAM, so 64-bit image is the suitable one. However, if your computer is one of the ancient relics of Jurassic age, then go ahead with the 32-bit ISO file.

Downloading the image is complete? Time to make a bootable media. I recommend using USB flash drive as the bootable media.

Now, boot into the Ubuntu MATE installation media and go ahead with the installation process.

Select your keyboard layout.

Choose the installation type. Generally, the normal installation is what you want. Don’t forget to check the 3rd-party software option.


Time to choose the installation location. You may also need to add an EFI partition if your system uses UEFI instead of the legacy BIOS system.

Select your location.

Enter your credentials.

Wait until the process completes.

Voila! Ubuntu MATE is ready to serve you!

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