Hi Clem and all,
Just one downer: wireless (broadcom 4312) did not install the usual way. I did find a workaround, which I posted in the networking/wireless section. But this was never a problem in Mint 8 and 9 (same laptop). I used to pick the proprietary version b43, but now only STA works, installed from terminal. Maverick has the same problem.
But the desktop theme is magnificent! No more chunky window borders, smooth and clear font, nice refreshing icon-set. I think this beats the Ubuntu ambiance by a long shot; but of course - lots of thanks goes to the guys at Canonical also and all the communities upstream.
(I never in tried the 'simple scan' app since my escape from 'the dark side' (don't know why). I was pleasantly surprised my canon lide30 worked straightaway. Just a sidenote...)
Thanks and may the Source be with you...
Oh, just one small thing: If all borders are rounded at the top, why not mintMenu? - just a thought