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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Linux Mint 12:A new approach to GNOME 3

Linux Mint 11 which stuck with Gnome 2 instead of using Ubuntu Unity and rightly so as there market share increased by 40 per cent.This shows that people are not fan of neither Unity nor Gnome 3 and the developers has heeded the users to take a new approach.
Linux Mint 12 will use GNOME 3 but will be heavily modified with MGSE(Mint Gnome Shell Extension) which is a layer on top to give Gnome 2 feel.

The main features in MGSE are:

  • The bottom panel
  • The application menu
  • The window list
  • A task-centric desktop (i.e. you switch between windows, not applications)
  • Visible system tray icons
There will be also more modifications but will also retain new features of GNOME 3 like activities and you could disable the modifications to give a true GNOME 3 feel.
The RC version is expected to be released on November 11 and final version on 20 though it may change.
Read more about the changes from Linux Mint Blog

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