Is there a way to turn standard Ubuntu 14.04 into ubuntuMate 14.04?

The machine I’m using this on will not boot from usb and the dvd drive is dead so I cant use plop or make a new live cd. This is machine is old enough that I’m not willing to buy new parts for but I do need to utilize it for awhile yet. It had Ubuntu 12.04 that has been upgraded to 14.04 and runs no problem. I access this machine mainly through remote desktop and Unity does ok but I would much rather have ubuntuMate powering it through it’s last year or so of life.

I’m wanting to say that I found some instructions way back when ubuntuMate got started but I dont know if those would work still or are still around.

Hi UB.

From the Mate website:

http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Thar)

The Ubuntu MATE Developers utilize a MATE 1.8.1 PPA Repo ported from Debian for use with the Trusty (14.04) Ubuntu MATE Remix.

Add Repository

You may add this repo to your apt sources via the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
Install MATE 1.8.1

First make sure your package list and packages are up-to-date by running:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Vanilla MATE

You can choose to install Vanilla MATE by picking one of the apt-get options below.

This 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 (Most Users Will Want This)
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras
Ubuntu MATE

Alternatively you may choose to install Ubuntu MATE Remix.

Ubuntu MATE is a more comprehensive option that offers a slightly tweaked layout, configuration, and themes to integrate into Ubuntu in a more seamless fashion. This will install the complete MATE Desktop Environment as well as LightDM and numerous other applications to provide a full and well rounded desktop.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop
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Hi Steve! Thanks. I didn’t even see that. I didn’t think to look on the download page, lol.