Debian meets Mate with the versatile DMDc Live Linux

Debian Meets Mate

Article from Issue 166/2014
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Mate isn't just for Mint users. The DMDc project is Mate on top of Debian Testing.

As you learned in a previous article on Cinnamon and Mate elsewhere in this issue, the Mate desktop began life as a fork of Gnome 2. Now that the Gnome project has ceased to develop the official Gnome 2 codebase – and has moved on to the controversial Gnome 3 – users and developers who prefer the Gnome 2 environment have turned their attention to the Mate alternative. The most popular pre-installed Mate distro is the Mint Linux Mate edition; however, Mate is starting to pop up in other places around the Linux universe.

One exciting development for Free Software followers is a new Debian-based Linux alternative with the Mate desktop. DMDc (Debian Mate Desktop Cosillas) [1] boots to a convenient Mate desktop and integrates the vast Debian archive with some smart and useful original applications.

The ISO image of the new DMDc 3.0 version, which is around 1.9GB depending on your hardware architecture, is available at the project website. You can download the ISO image and burn it to a bootable medium. (Remember to burn the file as an ISO image – don't just copy it: see the documentation for your favorite disc utility.)

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