Install Ubuntu MATE

Install Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Ubuntu MATE 15.10


Ubuntu MATE is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux Distribution. As the name suggests, Ubuntu MATE uses the popular MATE desktop which is a continuation of the development of GNOME 2. Ubuntu MATE 15.10 is the latest release (released 22nd October 2015). With modest hardware requirements Ubuntu MATE can be used on lower end hardware as well as the latest hardware. The minimum hardware requirements are as follows:



Minimum Recommended
Pentium III 750MHz Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz
512 MB of RAM 2 GB of RAM
8 GB of available space on the hard disk 16 GB of available space on the hard disk
Video Adapter and monitor with 1024 x 768 or higher resolution 3D capable Video Adapter and wide screen monitor with 1366 x 768 or higher resolution
Bootable DVD Drive Bootable DVD Drive
Keyboard and Mouse Keyboard and Mouse
Sound Card and Speakers Sound Card and Speakers

Installing Ubuntu MATE 15.10


To try Ubuntu MATE 15.10, simply download the image that matches your processor type (32bit or 64bit) from the link below:

Download Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Once you have downloaded your iso image of Ubuntu MATE that matches your system architecture (32 bit or 64 bit), you will need to burn this iso image to a DVD. For software that can do this, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Ubuntu MATE to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and reboot your system. As your computer system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can now reboot your system and follow the installation Instructions below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software.


Welcome Screen


Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with a welcome screen similar to the one below. At this screen you have the option of trying out Ubuntu MATE first before installing. If you choose the "Try Ubuntu MATE" option, you can try Ubuntu MATE 15.10 without installing anything to your systems hard drive. This option is useful as it allows you to test your wifi settings and the operating system before committing to an installation. To install Ubuntu MATE on to your hard drive, choose the option "Install Ubuntu MATE". Also from the "Welcome Screen", you can specify the language to be used throughout your installation. In the example below "English" has been chosen. A link is also provided below to allow you to read the official release notes for this version of Ubuntu.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Install Welcome Screen


Preparing to Install Ubuntu MATE 15.10


At this screen, you are reminded of the minimum space requirements that are needed for this installation. You should have at least 6.6 GB of available drive space and an active internet connection. You also have the option of installing "third party software". This latter option is recommended as this will provide the necessary plugins/codecs for the playback of audio and video files. To select this option, simply place a tick in the selection box. To continue with your installation, click on the "Continue" button in the lower right hand corner.


Preparing to Install Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Installation Type


At this screen several installation options are available to choose from. In this example, I am installing to an empty disk with no other operating systems or data present. If you have another operating system present, Ubuntu MATE should find this and give you additional options regarding installing this new system along side the existing system. In this particular example I have chosen the option of "Erase disk and install Ubuntu". You may also choose the LVM (Logical Volume Manager) Option as this makes for the adding of additional disks at a later date easier to manage. However, it is not necessary to choose the "LVM" option.
(For more information regarding the use of "LVM" see the LVM Guide) An option for the encrypting of your installation is available. You may wish to consider this option if your system is a portable device such as a Laptop. If you would like to create your own partitions manually, then an option of "Something else" can be selected. Once you have made your choices, click on the "Install Now" option to continue with the installation.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Installation Type

Write the changes to disk?


Before you can continue with your installation, you will have to confirm you are happy with changes that are going to be made to your disks. Click "Continue" or use the option "Go Back" to make any amendments to your selections.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Confirm Disk Changes

Where are you?


From this screen you must specify your geographical location. If you have an active internet connection, your location is normally found automatically for you. This location setting will also be used for your system's time zone settings. If your location was not automatically found, or you wish to change the currently displayed location, simply type your new location into the search box provided.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Geographic Location

Keyboard Layout


At this screen you can select your keyboard settings/layout. In this example I have chosen the keyboard layout "English (UK)". You can also try your keyboard settings by typing into the text box area below. Click "Continue" to carry on with the installation process.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Select Keyboard and Layout

Who are you?


At this screen you must enter some information to create a user and identify your computer on a network. You are asked to supply a user name and password. You must provide a name for your computer to be identified on your network (hostname). It is advisable to Select the option "require my password to login" as extra security ( this is the default option). An option to encrypt your home area for added security is available. Simply place a tick in the selection box for this option. Once you have made your choices, click "Continue".


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Who are you?

Welcome to Ubuntu MATE


This next phase is the actual installation of your new operating system. As the software is installed, progress is indicated along the bottom of the screen. A slide show will display some of the new features and software that are included within this release of Ubuntu MATE. No further action is required at this stage of the installation process.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Installation Screen

Installation Complete


Congratulations, your Ubuntu MATE 15.10 installation is now complete. You will now need to restart your computer to use your new installation. Please remove any installation media from your drives. Click "Restart Now".


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Installation Complete Restart Now

Ubuntu MATE Login Screen


Once your system has started, you should see a login screen similar to the one shown below. At this screen you must enter the password for the user you created in the earlier steps.


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Login Screen

Ubuntu MATE Desktop


Congratulations, you have successfully installed Ubuntu MATE 15.10. You are now at the MATE desktop. Initially, you will be displayed an image of some of the keyboard short cuts that are available to you within this release. To access all your software, click on the "Applications" menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen.


Ubuntu MATE Desktop

Ubuntu MATE Software Installation


Additional Software can be installed from the command line, Ubuntu Software Centre or from "App Grid". Links to the various software installation packages can be found under the "Welcome" option under the "System >> Administration" menu or by clicking on the software link displayed on the above screen shot. The following package installers are available to your system. Simply click on the "install" option.


Ubuntu MATE Installing Software

Ubuntu MATE App Grid


App Grid is an alternative to the traditional Ubuntu Software Centre. App Grid is a fast and very easy way to install software onto your Ubuntu MATE system. App Grid gives you the ability to find software quick and easily and install with one click. Reviews form other users are displayed along side of the software.


Ubuntu MATE Installing Software