Well I think it's the best Linux desktop so far anyway! So, check out what I have to say, or, better still, check out this great distro for yourself.
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- Thanks for the suggestion but I believe that Mate is a relatively niche DE. I'm looking for something that has broad developer and community support.May 31, 2012
- I was a happy Mint user for several years, but jumped back to Ubuntu when Unity was introduced. Now, going back to a taskbar and drop down menu system seems a little old fashioned.May 31, 2012
- Each to his own. I like Unity too, but I still prefer Cinnamon's up-to-date take on GNOME 2.x.May 31, 2012
- , have you ran into any quarks with Cinnamon? I tried it and MATE before moving back to Ubuntu, or Xubuntu rather. Both Cinnamon and MATE just seemed unpolished and a bit buggy for me, plus many features just didn't work as advertised. I'm a minimalist when it comes to my desktop so Unity just didn't appeal to me, and though this is my first time to use xfce it has worked out well thus far.May 31, 2012
- I have to say other than the quirk about the software installer I mention in my review I haven't seen anything off with Cinnamon. It isn't, however, a minimalist desktop ala xkfce or LXDE. If you really like either of those a lot, you probably wouldn't be that crazy about Cinnamon.May 31, 2012
- I had no intention of trying Mint until I read a post by a guy who tested all the desktop environments for RAM use. Cinnamon was beat only by LXDE and E17. So I installed Mint 13 this weekend.
There's a lot to recommend Mint. It's definitely a bit lighter than Unity or even Gnome Shell. The Cinnamon settings give you a lot of options, too - including about a dozen GTK themes - so you don't need to go after a third-party tweak tool to play with the look. It also features nice desktop effects without overdoing it.
i'd say for a conservative approach, the Mint guys have really nailed it. I've been really happy with Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 12.04, -- with a panel extension -- but Mint solves a lot of the same problems out of the box and does so really elegantly... I may go Mint full time.Jun 4, 2012