openSUSE 13.1 RC1 & MATE Desktop experiment

It’s a beautiful Sunday outside. I opened my room’s windows, let the curtains flow freely & clear light coming in. It’s soothing. Birds are chirping and whatever language that is, it’s beautiful. It’s neither too hot nor cold. Lord! Thank you for this moment. I looked at my test laptop (HP Compaq 6515b) and thought what could we be doing together today? How about continuing [Read More]

A first impression on Point Linux

2 days ago I downloaded Point Linux, which is a Debian based distribution featuring the MATE desktop. I gave it a try last night. It’s a live DVD of 1G around. Like most of the Debian based distros Point Linux is lightning fast. The live session started without issues. To my surprise it even installed my Broadcom Wireless adaptor. Something a bit rare with Debian based distros as they [Read More]

Set Caja as default file manager

When I installed openSUSE on my laptop I chose the XFCE desktop environment. Along with that came Thunar file manager. Later when when I installed MATE 1.6 I noticed that Thunar was still my default file manager. I wanted to set Caja as default file manager. I went through the System > Control Center > File Manager, but there wasn’t any option to set the default file manager. I spent [Read More]

MATE Desktop presentation at the openSUSE Conference 2013

Stefano Karapetsas gave a fine presentation on MATE Desktop at the openSUSE Conference 2013. I took the liberty to document his presentation here. Stefano started with a brief introduction to the MATE Desktop. He explained how we should pronounce the word “MATE”. It’s actually derived from a species of holly called Yerba Mate (which originates from South America). So, the word is pronounced “maté” and not “mate” as in [Read More]

MATE Desktop Cheat Sheet

Stathis wrote a nice article about Gnome 3 shortcuts. Inspired by the same I compiled a cheat sheet for the MATE Desktop with a few additions on customization. Download the MATE Desktop Cheat Sheet in pdf format. Ideas and suggestions are most welcomed. I’ll update the cheat sheet when I have more tips. [Read More]

Customize MATE menu

I was chatting with Stathis today and we discussed about customizing the MATE menu. We thought of putting a nice openSUSE logo on the start button. I initially used the openSUSE logo that’s available in mate-faenza-icons package. Here is how it looks like: Download the mate-faenza icons package and copy the folder to /usr/share/icons. Do it as root. Go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Theme. Select the theme [Read More]

Clock-applet crashes in MATE

I noticed my system time incorrect and right-clicked on the applet and clicked on preferences to modify. The applet crashes. I retried and it crashes again. I searched if it’s an existing bug in MATE version 1.6.1 but could not find more information. When the clock crashes a dialog box pops up saying “Clock has quit unexpectedly” and if I want to reload it. I modified my [Read More]

openSUSE MATE Desktop

When the Gnome team abandoned the traditional desktop style many people were frustrated and started looking for alternatives. Some went towards lighter DEs such as XFCE & LXDE while others migrated to KDE. Then the Linux Mint team came up with a fork of Gnome 2 and called it MATE. I had tried MATE on Linux Mint when it was initially released. It was good and kept it’s promise [Read More]