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mate-screensaver doesn't lock the screen here too and ate-system-monitor does not require giomm as it's a library already provided by glibmm.
I've also noticed that the cpu frequency scaling monitor applet crashes when I try to add it and for some reason the clock doesn't display the weather of my set location although it works if I set the set the location each time I log in.
OK, i found the problem
in /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.mate.CPUFreqSelector.conf, you will see this line
<!-- Only root can own the service -->
as you can see, only root is allowed to do such changes and i think it's something common in most Linux system.
i searched for solutions and most of them are for Ubuntu-derivatives, such as LinuxMint, but they are not well suitable for Slackware.
I have been using MATE on a dual-monitor system on my Thinkpad X200s w/ Intel graphics -- laptop screen and external LCD -- and it's been working fine. I have routinely used the Monitors gui tool to switch back and forth between both monitors, just the laptop, and just the LCD without issue.
I have not yet tried the CPU scaling applet but @willysr I wonder if there is a way to create a polkit or dbus policy that will allow the user to modify the CPU settings. I'm not totally up on how to do that but I'll see what I can find.
I can confirm that cpu frequency scaling monitor did crashed here (never tried that before), but the weather applet works here. I can see the weather and also the temperature
The weather icon does show up and woks fine but it's as if it doesn't keep the location I've set as my home, also in order to set it (just click the set button right next to it) it asks for my root password to perform this action: "org.mate.settingsdaemon.datetimemechanism.settimezone" .
I have a feeling these issues are all related, like the session manager or the settings daemon hasn't been started. @clod89 can you provide detail on the system -- -current or 14.0, which architecture, how you are starting MATE (from startx or KDM), is this a full install, etc.?