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Old 25. Jul 2012, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Am new to Linux Mint and I've a confusion whether to try Mate or Cinnamon. I've not used Linux much and the only time that I've felt closer to Linux was when I used Ubuntu during college days. Also during a few programming classes. Which one do you think is better of two ?? Cinnamon or Mate?
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Old 25. Jul 2012, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mate was designed to give previous users of Gnome 2 a "familiar" environment. Cinnamon is more innovative with a few more candy options. I really loved Cinnamon but for some weird reason, it began to put a blue rectangular "thing" in the left side top of my screen. I looked into the hot corners feature as I guessed it might be connected to that but could never find out if or why.

Overall, because of the transitional issues still associated with the move to Gnome 3 and the other desktop variants, I've decided to move full time to KDE instead (Kororaa 17).
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 01:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can not choose either. They are both built on top of Gnome3 and despite the hard work they both have stability issues.
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I can not choose either. They are both built on top of Gnome3 and despite the hard work they both have stability issues.
MATE was built on top of Gnome2 I believe.
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I can not choose either. They are both built on top of Gnome3 and despite the hard work they both have stability issues.
The stability issues. How will they appear? I thought of playing around with Linux starting this weekend and get more familiar with it, so I decided to go with Mint since it's the current hot pick. Or any other suggestions for someone who have been working with Windows throughout his life, except for some Unix knowledge during his programming classes
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Cinammon and MATE are both progressing well, but if you want a familiar well-tried menu and to concentrate on other areas of the Linux experience - why not go with Xubuntu 12.04?
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Cinammon and MATE are both progressing well, but if you want a familiar well-tried menu and to concentrate on other areas of the Linux experience - why not go with Xubuntu 12.04?
Just a thought ...
I would join this as a recommendation too. It's light (by general comparison), rock solid, and the answers to any queries you might have readily available. Had it not been for just a few quirky things affecting me alone (such as the presentation of our site admin menus) I would likely still be with it. As with everything new, there's quite a steep learning curve but judging by your performance here I guess this will come easier to you than it did to me, and a lot more quickly too. Be sure to install the "xfce goodies" from their repo to gain some additional panel components, which in themselves are highly configurable. Check out also the script I described at this link for some great customization options.

What does your desktop look like?
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Old 26. Jul 2012, 06:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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MATE was built on top of Gnome2 I believe.
If you are installing the latest Mint it is now built on top of Gnome3. If you don't believe read more HEREor HERE or HERE
Look I'm not saying you shouldn't go with Mate Or Cinnamon rather that I will not choose either.
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Thanks MC, wdhpr and 1002richards. I'll try both xubuntu and Mint starting with Mint first. In their homepage I can see 3 versions of Mint. KDE, Xfce and Maya. Which one is the best among them? I can't afford to try them all because of limited download speed, I'd just like to know their pros, cons and features.
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Am new to Linux Mint and I've a confusion whether to try Mate or Cinnamon. I've not used Linux much and the only time that I've felt closer to Linux was when I used Ubuntu during college days. Also during a few programming classes. Which one do you think is better of two ?? Cinnamon or Mate?
See here for their pros and cons.

MATE 1.2 is a fork of GNOME 2. It continues to develop from the abandoned codebase of Gnome 2 but, as noted, some parts of GNOME 2 were not migrated to MATE yet.

Cinnamon 1.4 is based on GNOME 3, which is still young and has this controvesy:

"The developers have apparently decided that it's 'too complicated' to actually do real work on your desktop, and have decided to make it really annoying to do." - Linus Torvalds.

"GNOME 3 is still early in development and that it took "eight, nine years to get to where GNOME2 ended up and we've had like four months of GNOME3." - GNOME designer William Jon McCann.

To have least problems, I often switch back to Linux Mint 11 in one of my partitions, probably until MATE is more fine tuned or GNOME 3 is more mature.
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