Fedora 18 Mate Install

Notes from my Fedora 18 Mate install. This isn’t a step by step guide. If your new to Linux check out one of these guides on how to install Mate on Fedora 18



Fedora doesn’t have a Mate spin yet. To work around this you need to do a minimal install or netinstall. I chose to do the net install. The netinstall iso can be found on this page http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options#formats or at the direct links below

32-bit   64-bit

The nice thing about using netinstall is the system is up to date right after the install.

I didn’t take any screen shots of my install but once you boot from the cd and setup the network you can select Mate under the desktop package options. See the how to guides linked to at the top for screen shoots of the install.

I really liked the new look of Anaconda (fedora installer). The installer is nice and will walk you through most of it. I also liked how Anaconda prompted me for the root password while running the install in the background. This version of Anaconda was worth the wait.

The first time I went through the install the installer locked up on me but Alt+Ctrl+F2 dropped me to the shell so I could issue a reboot and give it another try.

After the install remove the disk or usb and reboot. When it boots back up Firstboot will prompt you to set the time, create a user and exit into the Mate login screen. Don’t forget to check the Administrator option when creating your user.

After you login with the user you just created follow the steps in this thread http://forums.mate-desktop.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1478. Add the new repo “sudo yum install https://dl.dropbox.com/u/105479527/Mate-Desktop/fedora-release-extra-18/mate-desktop-fedora/noarch/mate-desktop-extra-release-18-1.fc18.noarch.rpm” and install the needed extra packages “sudo yum groupinstall mate-desktop-extra”

The next thing I did was install Google Chrome

Add the repo (Note this is for 64bit)

$ cat /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

$ sudo yum install google-chrome-stable

After that reboot and you should have a usable system.


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