I suspect the final product will look nicer than it appears to in the video.
That said, I'm pretty content with my setup as it is currently, though if the Lisa repos are active I may have to switch my setup to use them and update a few packages (artwork and such...).
EDIT: New default theme is a mintified version of Zukitwo, including the Shell theme, called Mint-Z. Looks very much like a minty Zukitwo. Shell theme fonts and icons are rather small though (8pt fonts, 48x48 app view icons, 1.14em status button icons which based on 8pt font means small). Status button icons were since hard-coded to 16 pixels in the original Zukitwo, that change, at the very least, should be applied to Mint-Z. I would suggest increasing the font size to 10pt for easier readability as well, the 8pt fonts are a bit hard to read on smaller screens, in particular the application name on the panel with its dark outline...
Testing out the MGSE (I'm guessing an acronym for Mint GNOME Shell Edition) extensions, descriptions and opinions follow:
- Menu: Adds an application menu to the Shell panel if the Bottom Panel extension is not enabled, or to the bottom panel if it is. The menu includes the favourite applications present in the Activities overview dock in its top section and the various menu categories in the lower left section with the applications in each category displaying in the lower right section when hovering over a category. It's pretty nice, but it's not the same as the GNOME 2.x Mint Menu. I personally don't need it, I've gotten used to just hitting the Super key and typing the first few letters or so of the application I want to run, but for people who love menus it might prove useful.
- Media Player: Puts a media player button in the status tray on the Shell Panel with which to control a running media player, includes album art display and track information. Looks very nice, and I might even use it except I already have an AWN applet for that and I don't really need two (three if you count the media player itself) different interfaces with which to control my media player.
- Smart Overview: Attempts to display the window previews in a layout similar to how they're actually laid out on the workspace. I tend to run most of my application in maximized windows overlapping eachother (or minimized to the notification tray) and the rest overlap the maximized window, so this just ends up looking very cluttered to me. I prefer the grid-style layout, so I don't need it.
- Monitor Status: Adds a button to the status tray on the panel to change the orientation of the monitor or open the display settings Control Panel applet. I don't really need it since I can't realistically change the orientation of my display (laptop) and I keep it at its native resolution.
- Bottom Panel: Adds a bottom panel to the Shell. Unfortunately it does not appear that the bottom panel is themed to match the currently selected Shell theme, but that's probably a limitation of it being an extension and not a native part of the Shell. That said, it doesn't look too bad in its own right, and has a built-in workspace switcher and a button to bring up the notification tray since it disabled the auto-popup feature for it. Required for the Window List extension. I don't really need it since I use AWN as a panel replacement.
- No A11y: Gets rid of the A11y button from the status tray. I don't need that button, so this extension is handy.
- User Themes: Should be updated to read themes from global themes directory (/usr/share/themes/) rather than just the user-specific themes directory. The current GNOME-provided extension does, so why not the MGSE extension? (Testing seems to suggest that the MGSE extension doesn't even work at all... Disabling or removing the GNOME-provided extension and restarting Tweak Tool removes the ability to change the Shell theme even with the MGSE extension enabled, and restarting the Shell with the GNOME-provided extension disabled or removed reverts the theme to the default, if it doesn't already revert just after disabling the GNOME-provided extension.)
- Alt Tab: The last time I used the GNOME-provided extension it used distorted window previews (they were *always* square even if the window wasn't). I like that this one uses application icons rather than misshapen window previews.
- Notifications: The package description reads: "Places important notifications in the top panel". This description is somewhat misleading. The extension actually moves application icons that normally end up in the notification tray (Deluge, Banshee, Guake, Pidgin, etc.) into the Shell panel next to the status tray icons. Notifications themselves still appear at the bottom of the screen. The extension also moves the clock to the left between the status tray and the user menu. Some people might like it, I've gotten used to having the clock in the middle and those icons in the notification tray at the bottom of the screen, so I'll pass. Also one more note, enabling or disabling this extension requires a Shell restart to take effect.
- Shutdown: Could be replaced with the GNOME-provided Alternative Status Menu extension, which changes the status menu to have separate Standby, Hibernate, and Power Off... menu items, instead of the current MGSE extension which changes Standby for Shutdown and puts the Standby and Hibernate items in the Power Off dialog. I've been using the GNOME-provided extension since I upgraded my Mint 11 setup to an Ubuntu 11.10 base, so it could just be a matter of what I'm used to and prefer.
- Window List: Adds a window list to the bottom panel when the Bottom Panel extension is enabled. Also removes the Activities button from the Shell panel. Appears to be pointless to enable it without the Bottom Panel extension enabled. Disabling it requires a Shell restart to restore the Activities button.
Keep in mind that this is only a description and my opinions of how they are right now. Things may change before Mint 12 is officially released.
Last edited by karashata
on Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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