Fixing VMware Unity Menu With MATE Desktop
If you’re using MATE Desktop in a virtual machine with VMware, you might notice that when you open the Unity Applications menu on your host, you get an empty list.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix.
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Run the above, log out and back in to your desktop, and re-enter VMware Unity. Ta-da!
The issue is that a VMware tools utility,
not recognize MATE (even though MATE is just GNOME2), so by setting the
XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP in your .profile, you force VMware
to recognize your desktop as GNOME.