Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

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Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby JESSEJJ89 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:41 pm

I haven't used Linux Mint since Katya (11). Now I'm considering switching back from Windows 8. What currently receives better support Cinnamon or MATE ? Is it safe to use the latest version "Nadia" ?

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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby Orbmiser on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:56 pm

Depends on the system since Win8 I suppose you can use either.

Mate is the classic Gnome 2 crowd with some backporting of new stuff.
And is the most mature and stable over Cinnamon.

But Cinnamon is the focus for the future. Developing and growing quite snappy and fewer issues for many.
No major bugs or roadblocks if your video chipset is supported. My setup ran straight out of the box everything worked.

I Like Cinnamon as a more modern gnome 3 back-end with Gnome 2 features used by users.
And making a lot of progress with Cinnamon 15 around the corner end of May.

But now have switched to Linux Mint 14 KDE and is my preferred desktop that works for me.

Would download whichever flavors and give the LiveCD a spin to see which may be better tuned to your needs and preferences.
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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby JESSEJJ89 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:58 pm

Orbmiser wrote:Depends on the system since Win8 I suppose you can use either.

Mate is the classic Gnome 2 crowd with some backporting of new stuff.
But Cinnamon is the focus for the future.

I Like Cinnamon as a more modern gnome 3 back-end with Gnome 2 features used by users.
And making a lot of progress with Cinnamon 15 around the corner end of May.

But now have switched to Linux Mint 14 KDE and is my preferred desktop that works for me.

Would download whichever flavors and give the LiveCD a spin to see which may be better tuned to your needs and preferences.
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Thank your for replying.

Would you say that it's safe to get the latest version ? Or should is it safer to install the LTS version ?
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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby Orbmiser on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:06 pm

For me always happy to go with the more bleeding edge as long as the feedback seems positive enough.
As always backup working linux partitions with redo backup to external usb so I can try out different distro's in real time use.

But comes down to individual tolerances for bugs,etc.. Sometimes those are even apparent for apps in LTS versions.
Really can't say which to go for.

If I was concerned would install the LTS and setup with my apps,adjust settings and tweak to My working system.
Then use Clonezilla or Redo Backup http://redobackup.org/ which easier to use and backup the partitions to an external usb drive.

That way when I might want to try a new flavor I have a fallback setup that takes 20mins to restore too.
Then install new Distro over the same partitions clean install. Then will install apps,settings,etc.. and use for a week or month to evaluate if it is a better for Me distro. If I like then will backup that version also for maybe future switch to use.

For dual booting back up Win7 and Linux partitions. Then you have a set even if the hardrive dies altogether. Slap in new drive and restore partitions to it and ready to fly.
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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby JESSEJJ89 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:04 pm

Well thanks for your help Orbmiser :)

Got rid of Windoze 8 and installed Nadia Cinnamon, and I'm happy with it. I forgot how Linux Mint works out of the box ! Thanks again.
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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby Orbmiser on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:41 pm

Glad it worked out for you.
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Re: Which is better supported Cinnamon or MATE ?

Postby nomko on Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:35 am

JESSEJJ89 wrote:Well thanks for your help Orbmiser :)

Got rid of Windoze 8 and installed Nadia Cinnamon, and I'm happy with it. I forgot how Linux Mint works out of the box ! Thanks again.


Since you installed Mint+Cinnamon, take a look here: http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/.
Especially the themes, applets and extensions tab.
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