tdockery97 wrote: craig10x wrote:
Just curious...but i have a question for you Linux Mint "mate" version users: Can you auto-hide the lower panel? (is there a setting for that)...
Also a general question...do you think "mate" will be around for the long run?
Yes, there is an auto-hide setting in the MATE panel.
After running both Mint 15 and Ubuntu 13.04, I've decided to go back to Mint 14 MATE. On my particular hardware the proprietary ATI driver didn't play well with 15, the laptop ran hotter in 15, Mint 14 has a longer support period than 15, and the performance feels "snappier" on Mint 14 MATE.
It is funny that 14 support lasts longer than 15, silly Ubuntu! I hope that ATI problem doesn't hurt me, because I installed Mint 15 Cinnamon today - I couldn't wait for the Final and I'm glad I didn't! I haven't tried installing the ATI driver yet. If it's a problem I can settle with the open source driver until 16 is released.
I decided on Kubuntu 12.04 due to Full Disk Encryption, but KDE is a pain in the backside. Now that Mint 15 has Encryption and Cinnamon is maturing, I decided it was time to make the leap. Full Disk Encryption is not perfectly implemented yet, and consequently I don't have a swap partition in my dual boot with Vista! I'm the kind of guy who has to go and configure every little setting I can find. In KDE, I couldn't understand half the options that I found! It took so long, and there was boot and shutdown issues, etc.. I spent far too many hours with it, I just didn't want to spend another minute. Amazingly, Cinnamon is catching up to KDE in features quickly, but without the high ram usage. It looks pretty good too, though not as pretty as KDE can be. Changing themes in KDE is another huge pain, but on the other hand you can make it look really good with all of the options available. By default Kubuntu 12.04 was pretty ugly.