Linked by Anonymous on Wed 21st Dec 2011 23:38 UTC
Gnome "Clement Lefebvre, the Linux Mint founder, has started working on a GNOME Shell fork called Cinnamon, which tries to offer a layout similar to GNOME 2, with emphasis on 'making users feel at home and providing them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience'. Among the features that we'll probably see in Cinnamon are GNOME2-like notifications and systray icons, option to change the panel position and other panel options like autohide, etc. Some of these features are already available through Mint GNOME Shell Extensions (MGSE), but their functionality is pretty limited."
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How many forks do we need?
by Narishma on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:07 UTC
Narishma
Member since:
2005-07-06

So now we have Gnome Shell, Unity, Mate and Cinnamon. Any one else I missed?

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RE: How many forks do we need?
by phoenix on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:22 in reply to "How many forks do we need?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

At least these are only forks of the GNOME 3.x shell, and not forks of "GNOME 3" itself.

A "GNOME 3" application will still look/work the same on all of these. It's just how you access/manage the apps that's different.

Wonder how many of these replacement GNOME 3 shells it will take until the GNOME-Shell/Unity devs realise they screwed up? ;)

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

They don't care. They wanted to program the new shiny shiny.

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demosthenese Member since:
2011-02-01

But they are not forks of the same thing. Mate is a fork of Gnome 2, and I predict will disappear. Unity isn't a fork, as far as I am aware, but an alternate shell for Gnome 3, and Cinnamon is a fork of the Gnome 3 shell.

I haven't used any but Cinnamon looks the best of these alternatives - but not enough to tempt me away from Xfce.

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cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

I agree that MATE isn't sustainable long-term. What the Mint team is doing, IMHO is a much more realistic approach. And a mighty fine one at that! It's good to have options; it's also no secret that a lot of people aren't happy with either Gnome 3.x or Unity. Perhaps if these forks catch on with the masses than the mainline Gnome or Unity developers will get a clue and act accordingly.

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