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Good news for those who like GNOME news and bad for those waiting for the GNOME 2 Fork renowned called ‘Mate’, Lisa finally Linux Mint GNOME Shell uses as default environment . But what we see in the distro will not be the normal interface of GNOME Shell, with a little twist you have given, we will see something like this:
Yes, it seems that GNOME Sell achieved the flexibility and elegance to be the taste of Mint developers finally opted for “mintizar” GNOME Shell and, through a proprietary extensions called “Mint GNOME Shell Extensions” (MGSE ), maintain the classic style of Mint (yes, similar to the provision that has KDE or windows system).
However all is not lost for those waiting for Mate, developers are working hard for you to be available and of course the DVD version in the repositories, only warn against some “rough edges” that could be found due to certain maintain Mate conflicts with GNOME 3 , in fact that is the reason that is not available by default.
As indicated in the official announcement was not an easy decision, I personally know that Mint has always strived to offer a more “humane” than the same Ubuntu , the default setting those things that used to change user in Ubuntu, correcting details and making available to us a cool, simple and even familiar to some.
So when Ubuntu announced the change to Unity and GNOME began its transition to GNOME Shell, Linux Mint was left on the side of many, many users who have continued to opt for the versatility that provides GNOME 2, but for technical reasons detailed in the original article, Mint need to migrate to GNOME Shell 3 and its default .
is where Mint quickly had to find a solution to the main issues arising “in the mind of a distro” that (with all due respect) seeks to reach its users “How can we people do not like GNOME 3? And what we offer as an alternative to those who still do not want to change ?”.
final answer for now is: Sell Mint GNOME Extensions . Taking advantage of the versatility of the new GNOME 3 to develop and integrate extensions to complement the desktop (which is a genius original considering the limited options), the Linux Mint team created a set of extensions that can offer the following features:
A bottom panel.
centric desktop tasks (ie, switch between windows, not applications).
icons visible in the system tray.
loudly by many traditional users of GNOME and as usual Mint responds to the cry popular, it is best to do it without sacrificing the technologies available to the new GNOME 3. Of course, it remains to be seen as paying all this, we will be there.
freedom came elegance say, the truth is that one of the objectives of Linux Mint to be the best available GNOME desktop , so I take also ask: does (at least in paper) MGSE make the best Linux Mint GNOME 3 available so far? Or is it necessary to use an alternative development as ‘Mate’ to do PHP 5.x ?