Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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RE: Good, but not perfect
by Delgarde on Mon 28th Nov 2011 03:36 UTC in reply to "Good, but not perfect"
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I kept with MATE, as I was thinking about Gnome 3 again being a tablet interface.

Why do you think of Gnome 3 as a tablet interface? I use it primarily on a desktop machine with a large screen, and it works great there.

However I can't imagine it being very well suited to small screens, and don't believe it was ever designed for that purpose. The default theme is just too inefficient of space to ever be usable on a system where pixels are a precious resource - it's certainly not practical on my 1024x600 netbook screen.

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RE[2]: Good, but not perfect
by Construct1545 on Mon 28th Nov 2011 05:37 in reply to "RE: Good, but not perfect"
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It looks good on a desktop too, but I think of it as a tablet interface because of the applications menu, where you could scroll through all the programs and pick one. I think it would be alright if it were arranged just a little bit to remove some of the free space (to keep it inside the tablet limits).

I thought that it would also work as a tablet interface because open applications would either appear in the application icons area in the bottom or be in the applications screen, which is good for keeping the main desktop clear.

I think it might be okay for something sized like the iPad (the only tablet I've seen around where I live at). It might be a tight squeeze and may need some trimming.

With the laptop I tested it on, it was pretty good about space (and was pretty fast for using an Intel card), but it was a hassle scrolling through it with my touchpad (using a mouse is fine though.)

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