[clug] Mate

jhock at iinet.net.au jhock at iinet.net.au
Sun Apr 19 19:14:10 MDT 2015

It's like the old gnome 2 structure. There is a panel at the top which contains on the LHS three drop down menus. 

The left most drop down menu has all the applications listed in categories such as, internet, graphics, utilities, games, etc. 

The middle drop down menu contains the file system structure such as, home, documents, videos, recently used, music, external storage, etc.

The RHS drop down menu has all the system administration apps. Such as, backup, configuration, preferences, group and user admin, etc. 

I think that other drop down menus can be added and configured. 

This provides me a way to find any app that I want. 

The middle part of the panel allows one to add any often used apps such as, browser, evolution, terminal, etc. 

All these are configurable. 

The RHS of the panel has the usual logout, change user, system monitor, calendar, etc. 

When the panel is not being used it can automatically hide itself. 

There is a panel at the bottom which shows the currently opened apps. It also shows on the LHS four windows. The windows can be accessed by clicking on either of these or by Ctrl Alt left or right arrows. 

When I was working I would often have different apps loaded into the different windows according to what I was doing. 

For example, in one widow I would have evolution, word documents and a browser open that documented what I was doing and to show me instructions. 

In another window I would have terminals open to a particular remote server. This often included one for editing a file/script, one for running that file or program and one for watching the log output for that app. 

I would similarly have another window with terminals dedicated to a different server. (This was often the case when migrating systems.) 

The fourth window was usually browsers to see and test the results of what I was doing in the previous two windows. 

Imagine having all those GUIs open in one window, as required by M$ Windows. It would become very confusing and unusable. Also, M$ Windows would likely fail and present me with the Blue Screen of Death. (I'm speculating here because I would never try to do this using M$)

Other panels can be created and configured with the option of auto hide. I haven't yet needed another panel but it's doable. 

Mate provides me with a compact, easily navigatable interface. 

I hope this helps.


---- Bryan Kilgallin wrote ----

> Thanks John:
> > I also don't like Unity and Cario looks a lot better. However, I prefer UbuntuMate.
> Please explain what you prefer about the latter desktop environment.
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