The Mate Desktop is part of the Plop Linux BRL LiveCD. You can install Mate easily with the build scripts that I created. You find all files in the '99-optional/' directory of ploplinux-src-21.2.tar.gz (4.49 GB).
Change to the '99-optional/mate/' directory. You find two directories. '01-pre-mate/' has all additional required libraries, '02-mate/' has the Mate Desktop files.
Change to the '01-pre-mate/' directory. Run 'sh 000_all' to install the libraries.
Change to the '02-mate/' directory. Run 'sh 000_all' to install the Mate Desktop.
In your home directory, copy the file 'xfce4' to 'mate'.
Edit the file 'mate' and remove the last two lines with 'tint2' and 'exec startxfce4'.
Add a new line with 'exec mate-session'.
Edit the file '.xinitrc' and replace '. ~/xfce4' with '. ~/mate'.
Run 'startx' to start Mate.
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