How To Get A Global Menu In MATE Desktop

MATE Desktop GlobalMenuMATE GlobalMenu is an applet forked from the old GNOME2 GlobalMenu project, which adds a global menu to the MATE panel.
Mate GlobalMenu is based off the upstream GNOME GlobalMenu v0.7.10 and it only supports GTK2 applications, so don’t expect Firefox, LibreOffice or Qt applications to work with this, but it’s nevertheless an useful addition to the MATE desktop, especially for small screens.
The applet comes with various options:
show the active application icon and/or application titledisplay the menu both on the panel and inside the application window;a “tiny” mode;enable/disable F10 key to access the menu;more.
According to its GitHub page, the applet is supposed to work with the latest stable MATE v1.4 and I can confirm that it works as I’ve tested it with Linux Mint 14 MATE (with MATE 1.4). According to some of our readers (see the comments), it does not work with Linux Mint 13 due to some missing dependencies.

Install MATE GlobalMenu in Ubuntu / Linux Mint MATE / LMDE
MATE GlobalMenu comes with a repository available for LMDE which works with Ubuntu 12.10 or Linux Mint 14 MATE (it doesn’t work with Linux Mint 13, at least not with the default repositories). However, the repository is unfortunately only available for 64bit! To add it and install MATE GlobalMenu, use the following commands:wget http://jas.gemnetworks.com/jasmineaura.gpg.key -O- | sudo apt-key add –
echo “deb http://jas.gemnetworks.com/debian debian main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mate-globalmenu.list
echo “deb-src http://jas.gemnetworks.com/debian debian main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mate-globalmenu.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-globalmenu
Arch Linux users can install MATE GlobalMenu via AUR.

For Ubuntu 12.04 / Linux Mint 13 or other Linux distributions, you’ll have to compile it from source. See the MATE GlobalMenu GitHub page for more info and source code.

Important:

Once installed, reload the MATE panels:
killall mate-panel
Then add the MATE GlobalMenu applet to the panel and enable the applet using the following command:
mateconftool-2 –set /apps/mate_settings_daemon/gtk-modules/globalmenu-mate-panel –type bool true
And then log out and log back in to avoid some crashes that might occur (those errors only show up when enabling the applet, after the logout it should work as expected) and also to get the applet preferences to work, or else you’ll get an empty preferences dialog.

thanks to lffl.org for the info!

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Linux Google Drive Client Insync Gets Xfce And Mate Desktop Integration

Insync, an unofficial Google Drive Linux client that’s available for a wide range of desktop environments has been updated today, getting support for MATE Desktop (Caja) and Xfce (Thunar).
Here’s the Insync or Linux Beta 11 changelog:
Fixed symlink to symlink (chain of symlinks);Mate desktop support – Caja emblems and context menu;Xfce – Thunar 1.5 emblems and context menu.
I’ve only tested the new Xfce (Thunar) support and it works, but there are some minor glitches. However, this is the first Insync for Xfce release, so hopefully all the issues will be fixed soon.
Thunar 1.6 Insync xfce
For instance, Insync for Xfce requires “thunarx-python” (version 0.3) which isn’t available in the official Ubuntu repositories – you can however, install it from our PPA, see below.
Also, the official release notes mention that it should work with Thunar 1.5; since both Xubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 ship with Thunar 1.4 and the Xfce 4.12 PPA has Thunar 1.6, I’ve tested it with these two versions and: with Thunar 1.4, the context menu items work, but there are no file emblems and with Thunar 1.6, the context menu items work and the file emblems don’t work for most files which I’ve already had in my Google Drive.

Anyway, the important thing is that it is usable and I’m sure it will improve in future versions.
By the way, I recommend installing Thunar 1.6 (which now has tabs support, among other new features) if you’re using Xubuntu 12.04 or 12.10.

Download Insync for Linux, available for Mate Desktop, Xfce, Unity – AppIndicator, KDE, GNOME Shell or Cinnamon, from HERE.

To install thunarx-python in Xubuntu 12.10 or 12.04, required by Insync for Xfce, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunarx-pythonYou can also manually download the thunarx-python deb files from our PPA.

Or, to us the official Insync repository in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian, see our previous post (updated with instructions for the Xfce and Mate builds): Insync Repository Available For Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Debian Users

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Linux Google Drive Client Insync Gets Xfce And Mate Desktop Integration

Insync, an unofficial Google Drive Linux client that’s available for a wide range of desktop environments has been updated today, getting support for MATE Desktop (Caja) and Xfce (Thunar).
Here’s the Insync or Linux Beta 11 changelog:
Fixed symlink to symlink (chain of symlinks);Mate desktop support – Caja emblems and context menu;Xfce – Thunar 1.5 emblems and context menu.
I’ve only tested the new Xfce (Thunar) support and it works, but there are some minor glitches. However, this is the first Insync for Xfce release, so hopefully all the issues will be fixed soon.
Thunar 1.6 Insync xfce
For instance, Insync for Xfce requires “thunarx-python” (version 0.3) which isn’t available in the official Ubuntu repositories – you can however, install it from our PPA, see below.
Also, the official release notes mention that it should work with Thunar 1.5; since both Xubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 ship with Thunar 1.4 and the Xfce 4.12 PPA has Thunar 1.6, I’ve tested it with these two versions and: with Thunar 1.4, the context menu items work, but there are no file emblems and with Thunar 1.6, the context menu items work and the file emblems don’t work for most files which I’ve already had in my Google Drive.

Anyway, the important thing is that it is usable and I’m sure it will improve in future versions.
By the way, I recommend installing Thunar 1.6 (which now has tabs support, among other new features) if you’re using Xubuntu 12.04 or 12.10.

Download Insync for Linux, available for Mate Desktop, Xfce, Unity – AppIndicator, KDE, GNOME Shell or Cinnamon, from HERE.

To install thunarx-python in Xubuntu 12.10 or 12.04, required by Insync for Xfce, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunarx-pythonYou can also manually download the thunarx-python deb files from our PPA.

Or, to us the official Insync repository in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian, see our previous post (updated with instructions for the Xfce and Mate builds): Insync Repository Available For Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Debian Users

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Linux Mint 14 RC Available For Download

linux mint 14Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” release candidate, based on Ubuntu 12.10, has been made available for download yesterday and, like the previous version, is available for download in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 14 Mate RC
linux mint 14 mate
Linux Mint 14 RC MATE edition features MATE 1.4, which brings lots of bug fixes, as well as some minor new features:
bluetooth and mate-keyring are now functionalDropbox support for Caja (file manager)Caja improvements: toggle button for text-based location bar, button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog and more

Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon RC
linux mint 14 cinnamon
Linux Mint 14 RC Cinnamon edition ships with the latest Cinnamon 1.6, which comes with a huge list of improvements. To name just a few:
a 2D session (uses software rendering)ALT + Tab improvements, including thumbnails or previewsimproved sound appletGrid view in Expopersistent workspaces to which you can give a namePanel: options to configure auto-hide delay and panel height have been addedadded window quicklists, an applet which lists all the windows available across workspacesadded a notification applet which keeps a history of desktop notificationsmany other new features and bug fixes
For more info about Cinnamon 1.6, including a video, see our previous post: New Cinnamon 1.6 Release Adds 2D Session, New Applets And More Customization Options

And of course, with Linux Mint 14 and Cinnamon 1.6, there’s also a new file manager: Nemo, forked from Nautilus 3.4.2, which incorporatest some features not available in Nautilus, like button to toggle between location bar and path bar, improved toolbar and more:
nemo file manager

MDM continues as the default display manager in Linux Mint 14. The new version supports legacy GDM2 themes so you can use any GDM theme without any modifications:
linux mint 14 mdm
Further more, 30 GDM/MDM themes are installed by default with Linux Mint 14. The latest MDM also features improved user switching and many bug fixes.

Other changes in Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon edition RC:
improved software managerMintStick replaces USB-ImageWriter, for a better UI and better progress reportingGedit 2.30 has replaced Gedit 3. According to the Linux Mint 14 changelog, this change was introduced because Gedit 2.30 “is a more mature/stable alternative, which provides more features and a much better search functionality than the latter version”.updated default theme to support GTK 3.6improved icon theme

Download Linux Mint 14 RC
Download Linux Mint 14 RC | Read the official release notes

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Linux Mint 14 RC Available For Download

linux mint 14Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” release candidate, based on Ubuntu 12.10, has been made available for download yesterday and, like the previous version, is available for download in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 14 Mate RC
linux mint 14 mate
Linux Mint 14 RC MATE edition features MATE 1.4, which brings lots of bug fixes, as well as some minor new features:
bluetooth and mate-keyring are now functionalDropbox support for Caja (file manager)Caja improvements: toggle button for text-based location bar, button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog and more

Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon RC
linux mint 14 cinnamon
Linux Mint 14 RC Cinnamon edition ships with the latest Cinnamon 1.6, which comes with a huge list of improvements. To name just a few:
a 2D session (uses software rendering)ALT + Tab improvements, including thumbnails or previewsimproved sound appletGrid view in Expopersistent workspaces to which you can give a namePanel: options to configure auto-hide delay and panel height have been addedadded window quicklists, an applet which lists all the windows available across workspacesadded a notification applet which keeps a history of desktop notificationsmany other new features and bug fixes
For more info about Cinnamon 1.6, including a video, see our previous post: New Cinnamon 1.6 Release Adds 2D Session, New Applets And More Customization Options

And of course, with Linux Mint 14 and Cinnamon 1.6, there’s also a new file manager: Nemo, forked from Nautilus 3.4.2, which incorporatest some features not available in Nautilus, like button to toggle between location bar and path bar, improved toolbar and more:
nemo file manager

MDM continues as the default display manager in Linux Mint 14. The new version supports legacy GDM2 themes so you can use any GDM theme without any modifications:
linux mint 14 mdm
Further more, 30 GDM/MDM themes are installed by default with Linux Mint 14. The latest MDM also features improved user switching and many bug fixes.

Other changes in Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon edition RC:
improved software managerMintStick replaces USB-ImageWriter, for a better UI and better progress reportingGedit 2.30 has replaced Gedit 3. According to the Linux Mint 14 changelog, this change was introduced because Gedit 2.30 “is a more mature/stable alternative, which provides more features and a much better search functionality than the latter version”.updated default theme to support GTK 3.6improved icon theme

Download Linux Mint 14 RC
Download Linux Mint 14 RC | Read the official release notes

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DockBarX Sees New Release, Now Available For MATE Desktop Too

dockbarxDockBarX 0.90.3 has been released. For those not familiar with DockBarX, this is an application launcher / switcher that works as a GNOME2 panel applet, Avant Window Navigator applet or as a stand-alone dock. With the new version, I’ve also packaged it for MATE so you can use it as a MATE panel applet.
DockBarX features:

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