MATE (software)

desktop environment forked from GNOME 2

MATE is a desktop environment for Linux.[4] It is based on an older version of the desktop environment GNOME, called GNOME 2.[5] Many people in the Linux community did not like the way GNOME 3 (or GNOME Shell) looked, and wanted GNOME 2. This called for someone to fork from part of an existing program) of GNOME based on GNOME 2. An Arch Linux user created MATE, it is named after a South American plant called Yerba Mate and the tea made from the plant, "mate."[6]

A typical MATE desktop environment
Developer(s)Clement Lefebvre, Perberos, Stefano Karapetsas, et al.[1]
Initial releaseAugust 19, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-08-19)
Stable release
1.26[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 3 August 2021
Written inC, C++, Python[3]
Operating systemUnix-like with X11 (X Window System)
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGPLv2, LGPLv2

Programs that it comes withEdit

MATE comes with programs that are forked from GNOME's classic programs, and they have not changed much from when they were in GNOME. Some of them were made from scratch, not based on a GNOME program. The forked programs were named in spanish, like MATE itself.

  • Caja (box) – (from Nautilus)
  • Pluma (quill) – Change or view text (from Gedit)
  • Eye of MATE – View picture files (from Eye of GNOME)
  • Atril (lectern) – View documents (from Evince)
  • Engrampa (staple) – Open or change digital archives (from File Roller)
  • MATE Terminal – Command prompt or console (from GNOME Terminal)
  • Marco (frame) – Window manager (from Metacity)


  1. MATE Developers
  3. "MATE". Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  4. Emmett Dulaney, Linux All-in-One For Dummies (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2014), pp. 77–78
  5. Michael Larabel (17 February 2014). "GNOME2-Forked MATE Desktop Is Being Ported To Wayland". Phoronix Media. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  6. "MATE Desktop Environment". The MATE Team. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.

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