Welcome to the MATE/OpenIndiana initiative

The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

This is the website for using, installing and building MATE® software on the OpenIndiana® operating system. You can find documentation for applications that behave differently on OpenIndiana than on Linux®. The installation and compilation instructions are specialized for OpenIndiana administrators.

The MATE® community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and frameworks for building new applications.

OpenIndiana® is an advanced operating system for modern server and desktops. OpenIndiana's code base has undergone over ten years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is derived from illumos kernel environment, the version of UNIX® originally developed at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and maintained by the illumos organization.

The MATE/OpenIndiana team hopes this site will be a valuable resource for all who are interested in maintaining the high level of compatibility between OpenIndiana and MATE Software Compilation that has been seen to date. The goal is to facilitate the discussion of patches, finding bugs, suggesting features and hopefully becoming a valuable member of both the MATE and OpenIndiana communities.

Main GNOME applications:


MATE 1.14.x Release Notes

MATE 1.14.x packages in IPS:

MATE 1.14.x Source GIT:


These installation instructions are not valid anymore: this page is in Archive for a good reason.

The meta-package mate_install may be used instead.





  • If installing the USB image to a USB device, use "sudo dd if=OI_MATE_experimental.usb of=/dev/rdsk/c7t0d0p0 bs=1024k"
  • Nimbus theme is still available.
  • If using an alternative window manager (i.e. IceWM, JWM), put a desktop file under ~/.config/autostart or use the startup applet menu

  • Start MATE with GDM
    • You can also add 'mate-session' to the ~/.xintrc from the x11/sesion/xinit package, then at prompt  'startx'.
  • Full Pulseaudio 9.0 & Boomer audio system support included

Remaining issues:

  • power management is based on upower (hal support removed), so it doesn't work (affects mate-applets(batstat), mate power manager)

  • nautilus zfs integration uses illumos private interfaces and wasn't ported to caja

  • compiz integration to GNOME control center uses gconf settings. To work with mate code should be migrated to gsettings

  • GUI interface to reboot to specific BE is not preserved


atril-1.14.1 (tick)  #2262
caja-1.14.1 (tick) #2204
caja-dropbox-1.14.0 (tick)  
caja-extensions-1.14.0 (tick) #2262
engrampa-1.14.1 (tick)  
eom-1.14.1 (tick)  
libmatekbd-1.14.1 (tick) #2189
libmatemixer-1.14.0 (tick) #2191
libmateweather-1.14.0 (tick) #2192
marco-1.14.2 (tick) #2215
mate-applets-1.14.0 (tick) #2257
mate-backgrounds-1.14.0 (tick) #2194
mate-common-1.14.0 (tick) #2175
mate-control-center-1.14.0 (tick) #2280
mate-desktop-1.14.1 (tick) #2188
mate-icon-theme-1.14.0 (tick) #2196
mate-icon-theme-faenza-1.14.0 (tick) #2197
mate-media-1.14.1 (tick) #2193
mate-menus-1.14.0 (tick) #2190
mate-notification-daemon-1.14.0 (tick) #2200
mate-panel-1.14.0 (tick) #2201
mate-screensaver-1.14.1 (tick)  
mate-sensors-applet-1.14.0 (tick)  
mate-session-manager-1.14.0 (tick) #2205
mate-settings-daemon-1.14.0 (tick) #2202
mate-system-monitor-1.14.0 (tick)  
mate-terminal-1.14.0 (tick) #2270
mate-themes-3.20.7 (tick)  #2203
mate-user-guide-1.14.0 (tick)  
mate-user-share-1.14.0 (tick)  
mate-utils-1.14.0 (tick) #2256
mojo-1.14.0 (tick)  
pluma-1.14.0 (tick) #2254
python-caja-1.14.0 (tick)


mozo-1.14.0 (tick)#2278
murrine-0.98.2 (tick)