Webopedia Term of the Day: What is MATE?

“MATE is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment that offers
compatibility with the newer GNOME 3 while retaining the look and
feel of the earlier GNOME release. MATE’s compatibility with GNOME
3 enables the two desktop environments to run on the same

“The Linux Mint distribution of Linux includes MATE in version
12 as a desktop environment option, but the core developers of
Linux Mint have largely shifted focus to their own desktop
environment vision known as Cinnamon, which is a fork of GNOME


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