lossfizzle wrote:Not fixed yet. I love how responsive MATE is compared to Cinnamon but this is a total dealbreaker.
I'm really new to Linux, I'm moving across from Windows 7. I've been meaning to switch for a long time. The thing that gave me a big push was when I saw the preview of Windows 8.
Now I'm sure windows 8 with it's Metro interface is fine for a touch screen. It may even work OK with a mouse. The thing is, I really want to use the keyboard for everything. My old Windows Start menu is NEVER activated by pressing the button with a mouse - I hit the Windows key on my keyboard.
I was just amazed that the windows key didn't bring up the menu in the MATE desktop. I'm at the stage of evaluating the different window managers. I kind of like KDE, but it's too heavy and a bit overdone. I like Gnome with Cinnamon, but after playing with MATE for a few hours on a live CD, I knew this was the window manager for me....
Until I found that I have to press two keys at once to get the menu up. Call me fussy, or difficult, or tell me to start using the mouse. I don't mind. But this is a dealbreaker for me too.
I'm going to investigate the "hack" mentioned above and look for other ways to make this work. But despite the fact that I was really excited about MATE about 5 minutes ago, if I can't get this fixed in the next day or two, I'm probably going to use either Cinnamon or KDE.
I don't mean to sound ungrateful. I know that this wonderful environment is created by dedicated people who give tier time freely. I don't have the skill they do, so I can't fix this myself. It's just that the way I work is totally keyboard-centric in the GUI. I need to have a single button to bring up the menu, then navigate around in the menu with cursor keys. If I can't do that, I won't use this desktop environment. It's as simple as that.
I do want to say though, other than this I think MATE is just fantastic. I love it. I'll be really sad if I can't make use of it and will keep checking back to see when this is fixed.