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Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE

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I get a lot of queries regarding the difference(s) between the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments. And of course such queries tend to come from those new to Linux and Free Software.

For the benefit of those class of users, this very brief article summarizes the key difference between these two desktop environments. Nothing technical, just basic stuff that will help those users to better understand what their options are. And because a picture is worth more than a thousand words, there are a couple of galleries to complete the picture.

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The problem is that mate is

The problem is that mate is eventually going to absolutely need pulseaudio like gnome3 does (i.e. cannot compile without it).

One way or another

One way or another I guess MATE will cope, provided there are enough users of it.

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