Installing 15.10 Mini "Basic"

Some notes on getting 15.10 Mini up and running:

During installation (which is text-based), choose the “basic” MATE Desktop option

After rebooting, it starts in the terminal.

What I did to get the desktop going:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core^
$ sudo apt-get install lightdm
(Or install your choice of display manager)

$ sudo apt-get install lightdm-gtk-greeter
(The corresponding greeter)

$ systemctl is-enabled lightdm
(Should say enabled)

$ sudo shutdown now

Upon restart, should see a basic graphical login prompt. Login as normally done in MATE.

Disk usage is around 3-4 Gb. Memory about 280 Mb at rest.


I’ve edited the opening post to add the all important ^ :slight_smile:

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Thanks, I hadn’t seen that.

Relatively new to this, so I have to ask. What is the ^ for.
Google didn’t help.

This post explains the caret: I’d summarize, but I’d end up rewriting the whole thing :wink:

That got my curiosity, so I tried both ways on a terminal only install.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core
Will install 1923MB

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core^
Will install 1856MB

I would of thought ^ would produce the larger install. Also wondered about no-recommends.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-mate-core = 1535MB

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-mate-core^ = 1514MB

You should use --no-install-recommends when installing ubuntu-mate-core amd/or ubuntu-mate-desktop via apt.

This is because, by default, apt installs recommended packages. However, the Ubuntu MATE seeds disable following recommended packages. This is to prevent Ubiquity installing recommended packages. The reason I do this is because if you install the recommended packages you get parts or GNOME3 and Unity pulled in that clutter up the system.

Good to know :slight_smile:

Also, anyone wanting to know more about the packages installed during the install process can enter code:


I feel like I’m back in school.
Thanks to all.
Ubuntu-Mate 15.10 is looking great.

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