I love Cinnamon, but form a technical stand point it makes no sense, I hope I'm wrong. Cinnamon is a fork of Gnome 3.2, but Gnome is at the moment, at version 3.4, you loose all the development made by the Gnome guys, I know they made some stupid stuff, but it's not all bad. Cinnamon is for for Gnome 3 what MATE is for Gnome 2, good right now but has no future. This is like having someone in the hospital after an anccident, brain dead, but the machines (MATE and Cinnamon) keep what we love alive, why? Because we do not wannt to let go of what we love, but it has no future, its ok for the moment but it does not have a future, just costs so many resources. This UI wars ar killing me. I'm what problably all here are "the computer guy", the guy all frineds call when ther computer does not work. I tryed for years get them dual boots with Mint on there PCs. After a long battle, finaly, last year I got 6 of them, when they saw compiz, there was no going back. Now more and more wannt linux, and i told them since december we will wait for version 13. But here is the problem I have to make a decision, what UI do i give them, they are not geeks, they do not try a new UI every year, they have been windows UI brain wasches and "change" is a virus. Now I got them interested in linux, but the UI decision has to be long term, and I wannt to go with Cinnamon, but I do not see the future. I use Mint since version 6 as dual boot with windows. I saw the future with mint when it was a top 10 os on distrowatch, not nr 1, to have a distro with all the codesc, flash, java etc out of the box, not even windows has that, great vision. That was what made mint nr 1, you gave what normal people wanted, and not used the microsoft, "ubuntu unity" approach, you dont know what you want we will tell you what you want. Why waiste resources on something that has no future, just make "mint ui extensions" for gnome, kde and xfce. The amount of work for cinnamon is huge, for something facing extinction, as much as i love it today (1.4 crashes like crazy on lmde). You have the perfect os under your nose to rule not just the linux world but the os world, LMDE, the perfect os, in the future, put all the reasurces there, and in the software manager, and you have the perfect os, rolling release, all the codesc, all the plugins, fast as hell, it is a dream. I remember when it was posted on the forum as "just an experiment", i said to myself this will be the perfect os, its not there yet, but it can be in 1 year if you stop making this big big mistake. Ubuntu was nr 1, it looked like this will never end, when, they decided they need to develop unity. Do not make the same mistake, in the future, because right now cinnamon is fine, but like the brain dead guy in the hospital it has no future. Put the resources into LMDE, this is like world war 2, and LMDE is your manhattan project, once LMDE is done, the war is done. The guys form LAS have a similar opinion on cinnamon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7SgEivcxl8
. Mint is well known for listening to the community, just do what you did in the past, custumize gnome every six moths and put the reasources in the software manager, LMDE etc. I dont use gnome, but hope to do some day again, they will turn it around, i hope, and if not mint will take care of it every 6 months. The ideea of Cinnamon in great, the problem is technical, long term it cannot work. Thank you to Clem and all the team.