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+ - Linux Mint 12 Is Released Today

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linux Mint 12 is released today. It includes the new "MGSE" (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions), a desktop layer on top of Gnome 3 that makes it possible for you to use Gnome 3 in a traditional way. MGSE's Gnome-2-Like experience includes features such as The bottom panel, The application menu, The window list, A task-centric desktop and Visible system tray icons. MGSE is a 180 degree turn from the desktop experience the Gnome Team is developing with Gnome-Shell. At the heart of the Gnome-Shell is a feature called 'the Overview' :

The Shell is designed in order to minimise distraction and interuption and to enable users to focus on the task at hand. A persistent window list or dock would interfere with this goal, serving as a constant temptation to switch focus. The separation of window switching functionality into the overview means that an effective solution to switching is provided when it is desired by the user, but that it is hidden from view when it is not necessary.

The popularity of Mint 12 with MGSE may be an excellent barometer as to weather users prefer a Task Centric or Application Centric desktop."

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Linux Mint 12 Is Released Today

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