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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RE: How many forks do we need?
by demosthenese on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:24 UTC in reply to "How many forks do we need?"
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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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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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WorknMan Member since:

It's good to have options;

To a point, anyway. Gnome (and the whole Linux landscape in general) has more forks than a cookware factory. As an end user, even IF I were interested in trying any of this stuff out, I wouldn't even know where to begin.

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