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[Discuss] Cinnamon

I just installed LinuxMint Cinnamon on my netbook. I was able to set up
Focus Follows Mouse, but the gconf editor did not allow me to add
another new key.  I didn't spend too much time.  I could also manually
edit the ~/.gconf/apps/metacity/general/%gconf.xml. The nice thing about
Linux is that most configuration files are still text.

On 01/19/2013 08:17 PM, Tom Metro wrote:
> F. Ozbek wrote:
>> There is no default desktop concept on Linux Mint.
>> You can use Mate, Cinnamon, KDE or Xfce.
> I see. And the project doesn't recommend one?
>> I have tested Cinnamon on Linux Mint 13, decided that
>> it is not stable enough for my taste and switched to
>> Linux Mint 13 Mate and it is rock solid so far.(6 weeks.)
> What sort of stability problems?
> I installed Cinnamon on top of Ubuntu 12.04 in October and initially had
> some crashes of Cinnamon, as well as several from gone-screensaver,
> which seemed to be due to an interaction with the desktop.
> I've been pulling updates from the Cinnamon PPA, and the problems seemed
> to resolve within about a month.
> There were still some minor bugs: I had observed a bug with the
> notification applet incrementing the notification count for time-limited
> notifications, and then not decrementing the count when those
> notifications expire. That appears to have been fixed recently.
> And the pop-up informational text from the applets (the line describing
> what it does that appears when you mouse over) is fixed to use black,
> which can't be read on a dark background. (There's a bug filed for this.
> CSS problems in the theming code.)
> There are some other issues with the applets not working as expected,
> but I haven't really bothered to test them out again since I initially
> set up the desktop. They're largely informational eyecandy, so I haven't
> been motivated to revisit, but I should.
> The two things I miss most from GNOME 2 are the ability to integrate a
> good task switcher, like DockbarX, into the main panel (I normally use
> only one panel at the top of my primary monitor; as a work-around I've
> been running DocbarX as a free-standing panel), and a better workspace
> switcher.
> The workspace switcher supplied for Cinnamon just shows a matrix of
> plain boxes with numbers in them representing the workspace number - no
> visual preview/thumbnail, and it uses a background color that makes it
> blend in to the panel too well. I'd like to be able to try out
> persistently named workspaces, which are available in some other modern
> desktops.
> Generally I find Cinnamon to be stable and usable, but as I previously
> said, unfinished. Good enough for now, but I probably wouldn't recommend
> it for those not willing to put up with a few bugs. The assumption is
> that it'll get better, and head in a direction more favorable than GNOME 3.
>  -Tom

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