After a number of years using WinXP on my laptop for various reasons, I'm now getting ready to switch (back) to using Linux as my primary desktop OS. I've been pleasantly surprised at Linux Mint -- though I've used everything from RedHat (back in the old days) to Gentoo to Ubuntu (so I'm no newbie), I've appreciated the kind of thoughtful work that's obviously been put into the spit-and-polish of Linux Mint, not just functionally but also aesthetically. Great job so far, guys! There's a slogan for you: Linux Mint: It's not just for newbies.
Of course, I also have a question/feature suggestion to go with my accolades.
With my widescreen laptop, I prefer to use a vertical taskbar these days. But the Shiki Mint theme doesn't get along so well with this; it looks like it's only really set up for a hortizontal taskbar, because with a vertical taskbar, the gradient only runs about 1/4" of the length of the taskbar, and then repeats itself, which looks really odd. Can this be fixed somehow (or worked around) so that the Shiki Mint theme (which I otherwise quite like) gets along better with this configuration?