The menu is called Slab and we're looking at the possibility to add it into Mint. We're also working on a similar control center called mintConfig.
Fantastic to hear about this. The menu makes for a much improved UI.
The search option is called Beagle. In SUSE it's integrated within the menu. In Linux Mint 2.1 you can find it in the panel (the magnifying glass on the top right of your screen).
Thanks, I'm aware of Beagle being included and do use it (actually, I prefer the nifty little deskbar) - but the way Beagle is integrated into the menu in SuSE I prefer. Also, Beagle does not seem to work by default in searching for applications and allowing execution (although the deskbar does)
I believe it is up to the Network Manager development team to do something about static IPs to improve their software. It's already great but as you mentioned, it doesn't make it easy to switch in and out of non-DHCPed networks
I thought this might be the case. Through YaST in SUSE it was a touch easier to deal with static IP addresses. I do appreciate the network manager as it is a really handy tool, but I understand from the Network Manager project page that the problem with integrating Static IP's is differences between how they are handled in different Distros. The best thing I actually ever had was a widget for Konfabulator (now Yahoo! Widget Engine, which I removed for being a resource hog on my XP Partition) called IPSwap: http://www.widgetgallery.com/view.php?widget=37514
I wonder if something like this could run on top of Network Manager, which would be the ideal solution. Now I'm just rambling. Other than these minor gripes, I love the distro. It strikes a good balance between performance and usability (although a touch more eye-candy wouldn't hurt, or a Dock Application such as in OSX by default, or a better weather widget). Now, if only my laptop had an NVidia card and not an ATI, I'd be really happy - but I guess I can't blame you for that.
Thanks guys, keep up the good work, and you will continue to have a loyal user.