Both MATE and Gnome Shell are promising projects but MATE’s ultimate goal is to replicate Gnome 2 using GTK+ and Gnome Shell doesn’t provide what we need in a desktop and is going in a direction we do not want to follow. So for these reasons we’re designing a new desktop called Cinnamon, which leverages new technology and implements our vision. (source)
Following the feedback we gathered on Gnome Shell after the release of Linux Mint 12, it was clear that despite our efforts with MATE and MGSE, we still didn’t manage to reach our goals and to offer Gnome 2 a valid alternative. Some people were enthusiastic about the new alternatives, others were disappointed. For this reason and in an effort to please a wider portion of our user base, we decided to continue to support MATE and to develop a new desktop called Cinnamon. MATE 1.2 should be out soon. Cinnamon 1.2 is already out and available to Linux Mint 12 users via the repositories. (source)
xenopeek wrote:Why? The Cinnamon developers will have no interest in developing something like MGSE for Gnome Shell; they already have something better matching to their vision of what the desktop should be--and continue to evolve and improve that vision on Cinnamon. The Linux Mint developers are a smaller team and they aren't going to divert development capacity to pursue something that doesn't let them implement their vision of what the desktop should be either.
More and more distros are shipping Cinnamon, so those users for whom Gnome Shell doesn't work can shift to Cinnamon easily. If you look back at what MGSE actually did for Gnome Shell, I think you can today hodgepodge together something similar with the available extensions. MGSE wasn't a match for the Linux Mint developers' vision of what the desktop should be 2 years back (though it was an evolutionary step towards that vision; i.e., Cinnamon) and it wouldn't be today.
Nobody else is going to do this, so it's up to you if you want it
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