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I am running Fedora 16 and keep wanting to do something about the awkward Desktop. I tried several shell extensions but wasn't satisfied with the results, then I heard about MATE, is there a tutorial on how to install it?

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The MATE-desktop wiki reports an update on availability of MATE for Fedora:

News since 2012/01/20: Wolfgang Ulbrich built experimental MATE x86_64 rpms for Fedora 16. To install them, follow those steps:

yum install http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49862637/Mate-desktop/mate-desktop-fedora/releases/16/Everything/x86_64/os/Packages/mate-desktop-release-16-5.fc16.noarch.rpm
yum groupinstall MATE-Desktop

Works for me. About 67 packages get installed, and then at the login screen, I have both GNOME and MATE as available options.

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