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Linux Mint 12 to Blend GNOMEs 2 & 3 266

dartttt writes "Linux Mint 12 'Lisa' will come with its own customized desktop and it will be based on Gnome 3. The core desktop will be based on a series of Gnome Shell extensions called 'MGSE' (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) that will provide a layer on top of Gnome 3. MGSE also includes additional extensions such as a media player indicator, and multiple enhancements to Gnome 3. Thus Linux Mint 12 will be more like a hybrid desktop balancing traditional desktop and new modern technologies."
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Linux Mint 12 to Blend GNOMEs 2 & 3

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  • Re:Screenshots... (Score:4, Informative)

    by nharmon ( 97591 ) on Monday November 07, 2011 @10:18AM (#37972568)

    Goatse. Don't click

  • by arielCo ( 995647 ) on Monday November 07, 2011 @10:27AM (#37972648) []

    Gnome 3 is shiny, elegant and modern looking. It’s a sleek desktop but it comes with a few problems:

    • It changes the way people use their computer
    • It’s application-centric, not task-centric (you switch between applications, not windows)
    • It doesn’t do multi-tasking well (you can’t see opened windows, system tray icons, etc..)

    [...] So with this in mind, Gnome 3 in Linux Mint 12 needs to let you interact with your computer in two different ways: the traditional way, and the new way, and it’s up to you to decide which way you want to use.

    For this, we developed “MGSE” (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions), which is a desktop layer on top of Gnome 3 that makes it possible for you to use Gnome 3 in a traditional way. You can disable all components within MGSE to get a pure Gnome 3 experience, or you can enable all of them to get a Gnome 3 desktop that is similar to what you’ve been using before. Of course you can also pick and only enable the components you like to design your own desktop.

    The main features in MGSE are:

    • The bottom panel
    • The application menu
    • The window list
    • A task-centric desktop (i.e. you switch between windows, not applications)
    • Visible system tray icons
  • Re:Not blending (Score:3, Informative)

    by Brad1138 ( 590148 ) <> on Monday November 07, 2011 @10:50AM (#37972876)
    A very good synopsis can be found here []. It will incorporate MATE, a fork of Gnome 2.32.
  • by KugelKurt ( 908765 ) on Monday November 07, 2011 @12:32PM (#37974200)

    And if you thing the GUI sucks: Modify the JS files and get a completely different work flow with minimal work.

    Yeah, because every user wants to have to learn Javascript in order to fix a broken GUI.

    Idiot. RTFA!
    JS makes it easy for distributors to modify the user experience. Users can just switch distributors (or wait for the official GNOME Shell Extensions website to go up).
    Mint 12 will provide a very different GNOME 3 user experience in Mint 12 (that's what TFA is about!!) with minimal work required.

Forty two.