Asus tinker board

can anyone guide me how can i install mate on asus tinkerboard

If I remember correctly the Tinkerboard uses roughly the same chipset as the Raspberry PI 3 B. You might try downloading Ubuntu Mate for Raspberry Pi and copy it to and SD card and see if it will install.

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Looking at the specs for the board, it looks like your best bet would be to install the Raspberry Pi image onto an SD card and hope for the best. You might have to copy hardware drivers from TinkerOS to the Ubuntu MATE card.

Sadly, the suggestions to try the Raspberry Pi MATE image will not work. The Raspberry Pi, and ASUS Tinker Board are both ARM based, but there are a ton of other hardware differences which will keep the Pi image from booting on the Tinker Board.

There is GOOD NEWS though, because the official “Tinker OS” supplied by ASUS is just re-branded Debian, so you should be able to install the standard Debian ARM version of MATE from your standard Tinker OS desktop right from the official repository using a few simple terminal commands.

Here are the generic Debian instructions from the mate wiki page

MATE 1.8.1 is currently packaged for Debian 8 (jessie). MATE 1.12 is also available on Debian testing (“Stretch”) and unstable (“Sid”).

To install MATE, open a terminal on your current desktop, update your apt database with:

sudo apt-get update

Then choose from the following commands depending on your requirements:
(most of the time you will want everything includig the full desktop plus extras)

This command will install the base packages required for a minimal MATE desktop

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core

This will install the complete MATE desktop

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

This will install the complete MATE desktop including a few extras

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras

Be aware, that this is a MAJOR install and will take quite a while to complete so you will want to make sure that you allow an hour or so, during which it really thrashes the system with a lot of writes to your main microSD (or emmc in the case of the new tinker board S model).

Low cost MicroSD cards are not really intended for heavy duty use as a system hard drive, and can be temperamental when stressed with heavy read write activity.

Just writing an OS image to the microSD and then booting up and running a few applications isn’t too stressful, because the image is written straight through in a single pass, which doesn’t subject the card to a lot of repeated rewrites.

But when you install a major system update like the full MATE desktop from the repository your system is going to write and update literally tens of thousands of small to medium sized individual files, which is exactly the kind of thing that will expose issues with lower quality microSD cards.

This should not be an issue with a good quality microSD card, like one of the higher end MLC base pro series cards from a major supplier like Samsung or San Disk, but might cause issues on lower end cards which use lower endurance TLC flash.

As long as your microSD card is up to the challenge, and you have a good network connection, the install should be fairly straightforward, although you may need to do some fiddling to get your boot options switched around so MATE will start as your default desktop.

Also, don’t expect a full on PC quality desktop experience, since the ARM port of MATE hasn’t been as fully tweaked and optimized on the ARM platform.

Just a quick followup to mention that although the above procedure is the simplest way to get an officially supported MATE desktop on your Tinker Board, technically it’s “Debian MATE” not “Ubuntu MATE”. The issue here is that although Ubuntu does support repositories for both 32 bit and 64 bit ARM, so far as I know, there are no officially supported Ubuntu boot images for the ASUS Tinker Board - but if you do find an unofficial boot image for Ubuntu on the Tinker Board, even for another desktop (like Lubuntu for example), then you can install MATE over the original Desktop, just as described above for Debian. Of course, if you are willing to risk someones home built image, then you can probably find one with Ubuntu and MATE preinstalled. The above Debian MATE solution has the advantage that it only requires the official ASUS Debian OS plus signed packages from the official Debian repositories, which makes it the safer and more secure solution, until Ubuntu or the MATE community get around to releasing an official Ubuntu boot image for the Tinker Board.

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I have this board. It runs well with ARMbian.
Its hardware is very good, in GeekBench 2 ARM benchmark has scores 4307 for single core.
The weakest property of this board is 2 Gb of RAM.

To start MATE installation one needs to download latest build of ARMbian which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Then login to it with root login and 1234 password. Then change root password and create new user.
After this install MATE as meta-package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-desktop^

Then reboot and enjoy.