cwwgateway wrote:The fallback is an ok short term solution for people who dislike gnome shell (which gets blurred with gnome 3), but gnome fallback is basically a crippled gnome 2. Old gnome 2 applets won't work,
Vincent Untz, the creator of (most of) the panel applets, ported them to Gnome3 around April last year. I've been using Fallback Mode for several months now and for me the difference with Gnome2 is minimal.
and it won't be supported for very long
Originally, Untz claimed with certainty that Fallback Mode would be available as long as Gnome3 itself, but development of the software rendering has made that less certain.
In addition, MATE does everything the fallback mode does and more (it is gnome 2).
In my experience, less, actually. My main reason for not switching to Mate is the absence of the Gedit plugins. Most of those have been ported to Gnome3 but are not available for Pluma, Mate's Gedit replacement.
However, SolusOS (which is a disto based on debian stable whose creator created LMDE) tweaked the fallback mode into a usable state, and they are planning to support it after Gnome stops supporting it.
SolusOS does indeed look promising. I'm hoping to be able to switch to that once Fallback Mode is dropped. The Gnome3 based SolusOS 2 is still in alpha, though (SolusOS 1 is based on Gnome2). I've tried the live USB and it looked nice, but shutting down was awkward and the installer needs work.
But even the creator of SolusOS has said "which in its current state features a largely unusable fallback mode." So MATE, Cinnamon, and SolusOS's yet unamed desktop are still better options than the fallback.
SolusOS, yes. Cinnamon is entirely unuseable on this four year old machine and Mate needs more work.