[CentOS] Mate on Centos 7

Greg Bailey gbailey at lxpro.com
Wed Aug 7 16:10:17 UTC 2019

On 8/7/19 8:02 AM, isdtor wrote:
> isdtor writes:
>>>> Can I really be the only user of Mate on Centos 7??
>>> No, definitely not. I use MATE on C7, because Gnome is, how do I
>>> say this politely..., um, horrible. Not a KDE fan either.
>>> Gnome-2.x wasn't broken, didn't need to be thrown away and
>>> replaced by something completely different.
>> Not broken, but full of bugs that will never get fixed.
>> I did a while back rebuild the EPEL rpms for 1.20. There are spec files I could make available but I can't find the build environemnt setup now. It involves mock, a custom local repo to receive the fresh builds as you don't want to pull in the rpms from EPEL, and a build script that defines the order, among other things. If I have time next week I can try and locate everything.
> I have done the hard lifting and rebuilt mate 1.22 on CentOS 7. It's not without quirks, and I haven't actually installed and tested, but I'm willing to make the srpms available - without any commitments. This might make a good addition to Nux :)

The person responsible for packaging the mate RPMs for EPEL offered to 
hand that off to someone, which I considered (since I'm a Fedora/EPEL 
packager), but was reluctant to offer without understanding how much 
heavy lifting was involved.  Also, I wasn't sure how much the mate on 
CentOS user community wants to stick with 1.16 vs. upgrade to 1.22.  
What kind of "quirks" did you run into?


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