Note: There have been lots of posts since I started typing this, but I'll still post this in case it helps. And VMWare is the problem, I'm pretty sure.
chaddjohnson wrote:So...I've been using Mint for quite a while now. I stopped for about 6 months and then started using it again.
I installed Mint 12, and it looks HIDEOUS! The Mint Menu (which is *why* I used Mint) is gone! And now the ugly Gnome-y Applications and Places menu is at the top of the screen!
What happened? Time to find another distro?
I know I can change the session to Mate, but how long will support for the old look actually last?
Mint 12 uses Gnome shell. This wasn't optional (gnome 2 is EOL and Ubuntu moved to gnome 3 with unity). Mint 12 comes with MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extensions), which make gnome shell look more like the traditional desktop. MGSE development stopped months ago. It was replaced by Cinnamon, which is a fork of gnome shell by the Mint devs. You can install it with apt install cinnamon. It is better looking than MGSE, IMO, and it might be default in Mint 13 (either it or MATE). If you don't like the look of Gnome Shell and don't want to use Cinnamon, you can find good extensions for gnome shell to make it look better at http://extensions.gnome.org
and themes at http://gnome-look.org
. Cinnamon themes, applets, and extensions can be found at http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com
. MATE will be supported for at least five years, because Mint 13 is an LTS release and will be supported for 5 years on the desktop (versus 3 years with previous LTS releases), and there will be a MATE version of Mint 13.
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