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Old 04. Dec 2011, 11:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Which parts are you missing

I've had a brief try on the "Gnome Classic" login session. I think this works much better than MATE and makes full use of Gnome Fallback mode in Gnome 3, still allowing you to work with top and bottom panels, with fast system response.

While holding down the Alt key and right-clicking the mouse button, you can delete the bottom panel, move the top panel to the bottom to save vertical space, add items to the panel, and adjust the panel transparency. I've tried to get DockbarX to work but had no luck so far.
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Curiosity has got the best of me so I carved out a 8GB chunk of HDD and installed Mint12. I was going to install it on vBulletin but distro's at least on my computer run a little slower in a virtual environment.

Mint12 installed along with my video driver without a hitch. I was a bit surprised to find a desktop that almost looked normal and not some kind of three headed beast that I was expecting. From what Jojoyee had wrote I should easily be able to put the top bar on the bottom. For further tweaking I will be eagerly awaiting the updated "tips and tricks after installing Mint12"
For now I found some good tips HERE

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Old 04. Dec 2011, 09:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've had a brief try on the "Gnome Classic" login session. I think this works much better than MATE and makes full use of Gnome Fallback mode in Gnome 3, still allowing you to work with top and bottom panels, with fast system response.
I have a question. How the heck do you login to Gnome Classic?

I had the same trouble with the "out range error" at boot-up but corrected it as you described.
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I have a question. How the heck do you login to Gnome Classic?
Before you log in the system, click at the icon at the top-right of the login box and select a session which you want to log in. The next login will follow your last selected session until you change it.

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For further tweaking I will be eagerly awaiting the updated "tips and tricks after installing Mint12"
This likely will take some time as those tips and tricks are based on Gnome 2 which features Gnome Panel with a highly configurable launcher and task bar.

Mint 12 is based on Gnome 3 which is using Gnome Shell as the core user interface to replace Gnome Panel and gives you a Dash dock, window picker, application picker and other features. Although it has a Gnome Fallback mode to use panels but quite a lot of things have been changed AFAIK.

You can also log into the MATE desktop environment which is a fork of Gnome 2 and more compatible with Gnome 3, but it currently has rough edges and is not a mature product.

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Thanks Jojoyee if it had been a snake it would of bit me.

It looks as though you have your work cut out for you. Lots of changes to contend with. I think I've seen enough for now and I'm going to stick with Julia a little while longer. My hope is they will work the bugs out of Mate, time will tell. I agree with MC its just not worth upgrading right now.
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Gnome 3 will get better over time. More and more extensions will be made, and I suspect soon there will be more extensions for it than applets that ever existed for previous versions. The fact that extensions can be written in Javascript puts their development into the reach of far more people. Also modifying the look of Gnome shell and extensions is easily done through simple css.

Mate will continue to support most of the old stuff, and I for one like compiz, emerald and such and they will be greatly missed if Mate fails.
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Old 31. Dec 2011, 03:22 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I just tried this new Desktop Environment Cinnamon which is based on Gnome Shell but features only one bottom panel and does away with the top panel. It's an Alpha but basically worked when I briefly tried it. Available for download from Software Manager, just search for Cinnamon-Session to download and install, then log out and back into that session.

This DE may replace MGSE and ship together with MATE in Mint 13 or 14 according to this thread in Linux Mint Forum.
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Thanks Jojoyee
Perhaps the folks are being heard and may get a new distro they are familiar with.
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Well I'm back to Mint 12 Gnome after obliterating Ubuntu 11.10. I took what I learned from Ubuntu so it was a tad easier to get the traditional desktop look. Not pretty but functional although still not as good as Mint 10.

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