Setting up MATE

tested on Ubuntu artful

apt install mate
#add-apt-repository ppa:eugenesan/ppa
apt install mate-menu

right click on panel --> add to panel
Advanced MATE menu

Sloppy Focus,

Settings -> window preferences // Behaviour

Select windows...

CREATE MORE WORKSPACES BEFORE SETTING UP SHORTCUTS,

right-click on workspace switcher (bottom-right) -> preferences

number of workspaces: X

Keyboard shortcuts (THOSE ADDITIONAL WORKSPACES DO APPEAR),

Settings -> keyboard shortcuts

// Window Management

close window Alt+Q

move between windows DISABLED (backspace)

maximize window Alt+`

switch to workspace 1 Alt+1
...

tile window east Alt+Right

tile window west Alt+Left

move to workspace 1 Mod4+4
...

ADD
terminator / terminator Alt+A

Refs.