Now THAT is what I'm talking about in a desktop! Sure, personal preference made that statement possible, but that's what Mint was built around...single panel to give you more real estate. The 2-panel default in Mint 12 makes Mint look like a knock-off of Gnome 2 from any distro that maintained the 2-panel look. So it seemed like a step backwards in beauty, regardless of functionality.bimsebasse wrote:Due to the amount of people going into hissy fits over the new 12RC gnome shell interface I thought I owed the human race and the internet to at least try to in advance appease some of the rage bound to hit this place when the final release is out. The screenshot below is Gnome shell, with an application menu, clickable favourites icons in the panel, window tabs, system icons, calendar/clock and user menu - no top panel - proper old school. It can be achieved by enabling/installing a few extensions:
- Move clock extension
- Panel favourites extension
- Gnome-shell reflection extension (moves the top panel to the bottom)
- Applications menu extension (or the mint menu extension, but that makes the activities overview button appear to the right of the user name, the app menu extension kills it)
- Window list extension
It's not yet as flexible, customizable or stable as the good old gnome-panel desktop, but give it some time - it's still early days for gnome-shell and Gnome 3.
carranty wrote:How do you go about enabling/disabling these extensions, I can't find them anywhere.
TBABill wrote:How about functionality? Did you have to create launchers or were you able to drag/drop from Nautilus? Just wondering how easy the setup is because installing Mint and changing to that setup appears simple, but I wonder if it takes a great deal of time? If the OP can post some "how to" info to get the desktop like this it'd be great...especially for those of us who have avoided Gnome Shell previously in its default configuration and without extensions.
Bruce McL wrote:Well done!
I have no doubt that Linux Mint will take up many of these additions and incorporate them into MGSE. A few notes:
There was an update to MGSE yesterday. I think that the move calendar extension may not be needed now.
If you want to use the mint menu for applications but don't like the "lazy s" icon on the right side of the bar, go into Advanced Settings and switch the shell theme to default. The bar will turn black and the lazy s will turn into a dash, which is less distracting.
You could also go into the Mint-Z theme, note the names of the two lazy s graphics files and comment out references to them in the css files. That should work. The Mint-Z shell theme files are located at /user/share/themes/Mint-Z/gnome-shell/
bimsebasse wrote:It's no doubt way too late for the Mint devs to use a setup like this with all the testing and tweaking they have to do over again, but users wishing something as close as possible to the classic look at least have options. By default MGSE have calendar right-justified but in the setup laid out, you have to add the move clock extension - without it the clock is in the middle and quickly gets in the way of window tabs. I also thought the overview button would just be out of place on a classic looking setup, infinity symbol or not, and you can still press the windows key to launch the overview, so there's no great need for it (can't remember if hot corner worked, should have tried that).
bimsebasse wrote:It's not yet as flexible, customizable or stable as the good old gnome-panel desktop, but give it some time - it's still early days for gnome-shell and Gnome 3.
linuxviolin wrote:bimsebasse wrote:It's not yet as flexible, customizable or stable as the good old gnome-panel desktop, but give it some time - it's still early days for gnome-shell and Gnome 3.
And to have something about correct and usable, you need to do a lot of work, use several extensions etc just because the base product is a such crap that you must try to improve it...
KBD47 wrote:So is there an easy way to get rid of those hot corners in MGSE? I'm having flashbacks of that Unity bar jumping out at me every time I get the cursor too deep in those corners.
Tnt533 wrote:I do, however, have some issues. The gnome shell reflection extension moves the top panel down but also moves the bottom notification panel to the top. This would be fine if it stayed auto-hidden but when I use the notification extension to put my systray icons on the newly moved bottom panel, the stock notification panel stays visible and auto-hides on mouse over and appears again after moving the pointer. I could just refrain from using the notifications extension but I'm hoping someone knows a work around so I can move everything to the bottom panel.
Also the menu extension opens from the bottom panel but in a downward direction making it inaccessible. The cardapio extension works but opens from the top making it annoying because it's not under the mouse for quick access.
Did you experience any of these issues and / or know of any workarounds?
Thanks for your post.
Edit: That pesky notification panel is now unusable either way. The only way I can access my notification icons now is with the extension turned on. There really should be a way to kill that panel... Driving me nutz!
Edit 2: Disabling the reflection extension returns normal functionality to the notification bar while it's on the bottom. I guess I can live with the main panel being on top for now. I may contact the author of the extension.
Edit 3: Looks like it was the noally extension that was causing the weird behavior with the notification bar. After disabling it, it's only one icon after all, the bar now properly auto-hides with the tray icons being on the main panel.
Also the issue with the menu opening off screen corrected itself after about 3 restarts of the shell.
No more edits, I promise.
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