Until such a time that Cinnamon supports vertical panels (pleeeeease?), what have other people done to create their own vertical panels? I'm in the same boat as a lot of people in having a widescreen monitor, so while I have horizontal space to spare, I could really do with the vertical space.
On all the Windows machines I use I use a vertical panel, and it works perfectly well. It has the added advantage of being able to show a lot of open apps in one go with no grouping or scrolling to different rows.
I've tried using XFCE and didn't really get on with it, and didn't like the way it (by default at least) rotated everything 90 degrees.
Sadly, the closest looking thing to what I want is Unity, but I don't really want to have to install it and then go through the fuss of removing all the stuff that comes with it that I don't want.
So, does anyone have any ideas? Not just for a dock stuck to the side of the screen, but a full panel replacement. Menu button, shortcuts, running apps (perhaps unified like this one http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/applets/view/16
), clock and tray icons - the whole lot.