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[Discuss] MATE

For me, the core issue is that after discovering direct evidence of the Gnome 3 development team's broken philosophy, I can no longer give them the benefit of the doubt and trust that Gnome 3 will eventually become a good citizen. 

On Jan 18, 2013, at 10:14 PM, Tom Metro <tmetro+blu at> wrote:

> John Abreau wrote:
>> Mate looked promising; it would have been my preferred choice...
> I've written about MATE here before, and briefly evaluated it.
> I don't quite get why someone would prefer it. Both MATE and Cinnamon
> have the same objective - provide a GNOME 2-like environment. The big
> difference is that MATE is built on a GNOME 2 fork, and Cinnamon uses
> GNOME 3 code.
> Initially, MATE made more sense, as it required less work to get
> something into a usable state. But Cinnamon has since caught up, to some
> extent. It still feels unfinished, but it is usable. I think most power
> users are better off making the jump to Cinnamon and providing developer
> feedback for it, rather than further perpetuating the GNOME 2 code base.
> But this opinion is largely based on the assumption that newer is
> better. That GNOME 3, despite what stupidity might be happing with the
> core developers at the UI layer, underlying architecture is improved.
> That could certainly be a bad assumption, and I'd welcome references to
> material that supports or refutes it.
> The other argument in favor of MATE would be concern that Cinnamon won't
> attract enough developers to keep progressing forward a GNOME 3 fork,
> given the way the upstream developers clearly doesn't want to be
> cooperative. My guess is that MATE can be sustained with fewer
> resources, although it'll likely remain fairly static.
> What is Mint using as their default desktop these days? If it is still
> MATE, will it be Cinnamon in the next release? Their choice should be a
> good indicator of their opinion of how ready they think Cinnamon is, and
> which they see as the future direction.
> -Tom
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