The appearance of Linux Mint 12

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The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby DarkHououmon on Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:54 pm

I wasn't sure where to put this. I'm not really asking about any real issue, though. It's just a general question I have regarding the new release. There's something I'm confused about.

I usually see Linux Mint 12 looking like this:

http://distrowatch.com/images/cgfjoewdlbc/mint.png

But when I installed it using Virtualbox, the interface looks more like this:

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u72/ ... intalt.png


Is there any reason for this?

I apologize if this is in the wrong section.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby Arrow2Knee on Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:56 pm

DarkHououmon wrote:I wasn't sure where to put this. I'm not really asking about any real issue, though. It's just a general question I have regarding the new release. There's something I'm confused about.

I usually see Linux Mint 12 looking like this:

http://distrowatch.com/images/cgfjoewdlbc/mint.png

But when I installed it using Virtualbox, the interface looks more like this:

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u72/ ... intalt.png


Is there any reason for this?

I apologize if this is in the wrong section.


Can't see the first image
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby DarkHououmon on Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:59 pm

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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby Arrow2Knee on Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:01 pm

DarkHououmon wrote:http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint


Install cinnamon:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon cinnamon-session


Then from the login, right click on the round thing, in the right-uppercorner of your username, and change the DE to cinnamon, then log in
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby DarkHououmon on Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:03 pm

Ah so that's what it was.

Thank you.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby Arrow2Knee on Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:12 pm

DarkHououmon wrote:Ah so that's what it was.

Thank you.


It works now?
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby DarkHououmon on Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:21 pm

I am able to switch themes now. MATE works, but when I try to switch to Cinnamon to work, it still looks the same as the GNOME theme that was up previously. I chalked it up to it being in a slightly outdated virtual machine program (I have not updated Virtualbox yet). I had the same issue with Ubuntu when it first switched to Unity. Virtualbox was not able to utilize the Unity interface and switched automatically to the older GNOME, so I assume the same thing is happening here, with the version of Virtualbox I have installed unable to utilize Cinnamon properly and automatically switching to an older GNOME-like theme instead.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby sunewbie on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:41 am

DarkHououmon wrote:I wasn't sure where to put this. I'm not really asking about any real issue, though. It's just a general question I have regarding the new release. There's something I'm confused about.

I usually see Linux Mint 12 looking like this:

http://distrowatch.com/images/cgfjoewdlbc/mint.png

But when I installed it using Virtualbox, the interface looks more like this:

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u72/ ... intalt.png


Is there any reason for this?

I apologize if this is in the wrong section.


Don't know much about cinnamon, but virtualbox does not support Gnome3 interface, as it requires hardware acceleration, similar in case of Unity.

Thats the difference, it rolls backs to fallback mode, similar to gnome 2, but lacks gnome2's customization.

Nothing that can be done. If you run LIVE DVD, you will exp Gnome 3 with MGSE.

You could have posted it in newbie question, but lets leave it to mods :)

sometimes, even I am confused where to post, as I find similar posts in 2 sub-forums / categories :)
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby mank_in on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:28 am

This is a quote from : Linux Mint 12 Tips and Tricks

Linux Mint 12 comes with the Virtualbox guest additions pre-installed, so it's possible to run the live session with Gnome Shell and MGSE.

Make sure to configure your virtual machine as follows:

Go to Machine->Settings->Display
Give the virtual machine as much Memory Video as possible.
Tick the checkbox "Enable 3D Acceleration"

Without 3D acceleration your virtual session will run in Fallback mode. If your settings are correct it will run with Gnome Shell and MGSE.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby sunewbie on Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:45 am

mank_in wrote:This is a quote from : Linux Mint 12 Tips and Tricks

Linux Mint 12 comes with the Virtualbox guest additions pre-installed, so it's possible to run the live session with Gnome Shell and MGSE.

Make sure to configure your virtual machine as follows:

Go to Machine->Settings->Display
Give the virtual machine as much Memory Video as possible.
Tick the checkbox "Enable 3D Acceleration"

Without 3D acceleration your virtual session will run in Fallback mode. If your settings are correct it will run with Gnome Shell and MGSE.

Thanks mank_in

I had enabled 3D accelaration, but did not gave enough video memory. It's working now
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby spaceotter on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:14 am

Hi, I'm having the same problem, but it still doesn't work even after I cranked up the memory all the way (128MB) and enabled 3d acceleration.

inxi -Gx reveals:
Graphics: Card: InnoTek Systemberatung VirtualBox Graphics Adapter bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org 1.10.4 driver N/A Resolution 1920x968@60.0hz
GLX Renderer N/A GLX Version N/A Direct Rendering N/A

No driver? :?

Also I tried running cinnamon --replace, and it loaded but it was unusably slow.
It said something like:
Xlib: extension "NV-GLX" missing on display ":1.0"

I am going to install a new copy of linux mint, with the settings right from the start and see if that makes a difference. My experience with linux has been perpetually fraught with graphics driver problems.

I have a non-virtual copy installed and I'm pretty sure I got the GNOME 3 interface after uninstalling the nvidia driver, when it didn't work before or after I installed it. It should be noted that the install disk could not boot on my dear new lappy, so I took the hard drive out of it and installed with another computer, and moved it back, then it worked.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby spaceotter on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:57 am

I just checked the Additional Drivers tool and found out the virtualbox additions were not active, which is odd because mouse integration and bidirectional paste worked. I activated the drivers. It still goes to fallback mode, but when I use cinnamon --replace it loads cinnamon and operates at normal speed. gnome-shell --replace also loads the new interface.
So i guess the boot is messed up.
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Re: The appearance of Linux Mint 12

Postby sunewbie on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:43 am

spaceotter wrote:I just checked the Additional Drivers tool and found out the virtualbox additions were not active, which is odd because mouse integration and bidirectional paste worked. I activated the drivers. It still goes to fallback mode, but when I use cinnamon --replace it loads cinnamon and operates at normal speed. gnome-shell --replace also loads the new interface.
So i guess the boot is messed up.


From Series 4.x, there is no PEUL version or guest edition.

It is replaced by extension pack.
The best is to download Latest version 4.1.8 and install extension pack into the guest OS.

I do not download virtualbox from repos. Some even say that version between 4.0.x and 4.1 were a bit buggy. Try to latest virtualbox. It has an optional common code for registering key and installing through terminal.

Hardware acceleration sometimes does not work well with virtualbox, and it may have driver issues. It has it's own driver base. It eats up a lot of resources.
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