Since I am not a coder, rather than flame against this or that DE, I find it more reasonable to limit myself to making observations based on my experiences. For a good while I tried to get along with KDE as my DE for Linux Mint 12, but its apps would crash unexpectedly for no apparent reason several times an hour. I have never liked Gnome, but thought I'd give MATE a try. That was a no-go. It seems Gnome/MATE and my onboard ATI Radeon 4290 video controller don't like each other. So I moved on to Cinnamon. Thus far, Cinnamon has been useable, though it is obviously in need of further development (as in, allowing for separate background images for each workspace).
Is Cinnamon a better desktop environment than the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
machine I have running in a VirtualBox window? No. Am I considering returning my homemade computer to being a Windows box once again because I haven't found a Linux distro that's as slick or familiar? Never!
Sure, I feel handicapped some of the time, especially since I am not a programmer in a demonstrably programmer-centric neighborhood. But I can survive with this OS, only occassionally having to bring up the Redmond Beast
(like when I need to modify a web page on my site
using NoteTab Pro
, or when I want to shoot off a message to my wife across the house using WinLANPopup Messenger
). She is pretty much stuck with the MS Windows 7 Pro 64-bit computer I built for her because of all the Windows-only software she uses (Cubase
, etc.), and we prefer to use IM as opposed to, say, hollering like barbarians. WinLANPopup Messenger
is the only app we've found that works for us. We could use Yahoo!, I guess, but that would involve the signal leaving the house and then coming back in, wouldn't it? No thanks.
I made the decision last year to once and for all go with a *NIX environment, and I'm a'gonna stick with it. There. I said it. I'm free!