Vincent Vermeulen wrote:
Hi Literalis, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Thanks for joining the forums! Good to read you are enjoying your desktop again; that is praise for the MATE and Cinnamon developers right there
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (ideas, tutorials, and hardware and software reviews), and the Cinnamon Spices
website for adding themes, applets and extensions to Cinnamon (and check out the Cinnamon Extras
package, which will install a lot of these for your automatically).
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users.
Yeah, I felt like saying thank you to the developers of MATE and Cinnamon (although not directly, I should change that) for the software they have developed. I don't want to turn this into a bashing thread as I know that there are plenty of people that love the Gnome shell, but the nail in the coffin for me was the other week an Ubuntu developer on Reddit essentially said "Gnome 3 works perfectly fine for me so it should work fine for you too." The implication in what he - and other Gnome and Ubuntu developers - said was "what we've done is great. If you don't like it you're using it wrong." So to cut a long story short, I simply cannot abide that mentality, so I finally cracked and chose to try out a distribution where, seemingly, the main developers are actively engaged within the community and actually listen to people's suggestions. This is something that I appreciate enormously and so, here I am.
With regards to customisation of Cinnamon, I have already trawled a lot of web space already! I've got a lot of themes, poked around somewhere and got things to my liking right now. As I said above, I am actually enjoying this experience and I feel as I am more able to navigate around a desktop that looks, feels and is laid out in the way that I want.
As for IRC, I haven't used IRC properly in years, not since I helped run an online text-based game. Partly because I don't like XChat and never really looked around for a Linux IRC client I liked. But I might change that. =)