Mint 12 Gnome 3 with Classic, KDE and Gnome shell desktops... [Upd 24.12 with Cinnamon]
Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:34:20 PM
Url movie: http://youtu.be/HbstMDvRpyc - Movie has version 1.1 still, do see the new pictures of v.1.1.1 below. Url movie: http://youtu.be/UPkYyDiuGyc
⇩ Extensions... How to deal with them - an example: Url movie: http://youtu.be/uqgsVerrWy0
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 Gnome "Classic" desktop with a.o. the KDE file manager "Dolphin" and "KDE Player"... In other words or better so: you can run KDE software on Gnome 3 in Linux Mint 12.
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 with Gnome 3.2.1 shell applications overview screen.
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 Gnome 3 shell overview with full-screen (!) Debian 6 on VMware in a workspace.
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 on a KDE 4.7 session.
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 Gnome 3 shell desktop with Linux Mint Menu open and panel Extensions.
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 Gnome 3 shell desktop with some screenlets.
Below: My Linux Mint 12 Gnome 3 shell desktop with Plasma Desktop. Think about that!
ALT+F2 typ: plasma-desktop - Install: sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop plasma-scriptengine-python
Auto-hide bottom panel needs cursor at the bottom and assigning a keyboard-shortcut for it. On my computer I use Ctrl+Alt+P to get the Plasma panel. Do you see Docky (right auto-hiding dock) and the Gnome 3 shell auto-hiding panel at the top? Yes, the Plasma widgets can be used.
Linux Mint 12 lets you combine the nearly impossible!
⇩ Not unproblematic but still possible is Unity on a Linux Mint 12 session. Take the 'Classic' mode and add Fusion Icon, CompizConfig Settings Manager and of course Compiz with Extras (from the Mint Software Manager). When in Classic mode use the CCSM to set the Unity plugin! Don't change other presets. Wobbly windows will be there. Upon invoking Fusion Icon to reload the window manager (now set to Compiz) you'll find 'Unity' or use the Terminal: unity --reset. It will appear somewhat difficult however to return to the Gnome 3 shell session. Having the KDE desktop already installed this gets much easier (and safer). Just change session (logout) from Unity to KDE, login and next change back (logout) from KDE to Gnome 3 shell. No problem arises whatsoever from my experience. Otherwise Unity seems a bit 'persistent'...
⇩ My Linux Mint 12 G3S with Opera Mobile Emulator, new Skype program and IRQ network.
⇩ Linux Mint 12 on an LXDE session. Log-out, check the ◌ symbol above the log-in bar, select your session and log-in again. You have changed 'sessions'. LXDE is fast, nice and small.
Just find your LXDE in the Mint Software Manager. Here with Docky auto-hiding sidebar.
⇩ Linux Mint 12 on a Linux Mint Cinnamon session. This highly innovative session can be installed from the Linux Mint Software Manager and can be tested. It brings Gnome 2 options into the Gnome 3 environment. See the last lines of this article. It distances itself from the straight Gnome 3 shell look and mess of third-party extensions. Currently I think it is somewhat early to judge over its (interesting) potential. 'Mate' however is a continuation of (old) Gnome 2. Also experimental still 'Mate' is not the way, I think, we should continue to the future. The opposite orientations of both Cinnamon (➚G3) and Mate (➘G2) shouldn't confuse you... - Screenshots from v.1.1.1 -
And so we could go on.... Just think of this and the astonishing combination of possibilities.
You were looking at one and the same Linux Mint 12 installation with some extras, mostly from its vast Software Manager package banks! Here you don't sit stuck in a premature, limited and fixed "for smart-phones & netbooks"-configuration, but you can design touching, innovative set-ups to your own liking. What fails still is some more imagination from program-makers to develop more attractive user-interfaces. Linux Mint 12 leaves the rest to your own decision and fantasy. See right picture what sits under my sessions-button! My total System File partition comprises less than 7 Gb of disk-space!
That said I throw in the one million bucks question:
'What about Gnome 3 shell?'
I use it (as you can see). I do like the 3.2.1 version with some of my patches and the Linux Mint Gnome Extensions. I like the brand-new Cinnamon project (more below). What I have seen from later shell versions couldn't arouse my enthusiasm though! I assume it tends to go the Ubuntu 'Unity' way: too much focus on small systems (netbooks, mobile phones etc.). With Google's 'Android' rapidly overwhelming this -for its importance- vastly over-exaggerated, Apple dominated market-segment this could prove to be a dead duck, even 'suicidal' for some OS-GUI developers. Conventional computer users will be more interested in having the new, more solid B-tree File System (btrfs) replacing the still problematic Ext4 or Ext3 versions instead. Or answers for the many questions about a laptop with dual GPU! One for low power battery usage, switching to the high powered one when on the grid and f.ex. gaming. Or solving a laptop connected to an image projector for a presentation, but without sound. What purpose serves attention for raw Android movie clips per tablet on your HDTV? Very small 'systems' are a totally different world, though it at first may not seem so. A desktop computer or a laptop is no smart-phone! One fully functional, efficient OS+GUI for all of these i-gadgets up to productive desktop-computers is to my opinion preposterous! Such an OS+GUI is either bloated or far too limited for such a collection of different devices and ways to use them. See the performance-hit Gnome 3 (shell) already takes when gaming and compare that for example with KDE 4.7. Read this article if you believe I am exaggerating... However, if one still prefers to develop for mobile, low-speed Internet mini-devices this would make Gnome 3 in an instant useless for modern laptops and more powerful production computers that can work stand-alone and do not depend on the Internet. Pulling the i-plug from them by some government or terrorists is a quite different aspect of this matter as well. Therefor I am sure that the clever Linux Mint designers will come up with their own innovative solutions for computers during 2012. The new Linux Mint CINNAMON project may become the beginning of this. The decision is yours to start using it!