mercurycc wrote:Not able to have a 2D grid is still a problem for me. In my case I use it to organize my work space in a way where each row will represent a perforce branch, where each column will roughly represent a task, such as coding, compilation, debugging, etc.
The point is there are many different use cases out there encouraged by OS X, Gnome 2, KDE, Xfce, etc, so when people see GNOME 3 or Cinnamon couldn't do a 2D workspace grid, they will just leave without saying a thing. After all GNOME 3 sucks on many many other aspects, and Cinnamon is so new.
Then you, sir, should go with Mate
I hadn't paid attention to it for long and wasn't sure it was such a good idea, but Mate is amazing. Tried it on LMDE and simply Loved it!
However, that only applies to version 1.2 (1.0, which is the one Mint 12 has, isn't really all that good so you would have to use the pure mate repos in order to get the 1.2 going). I would deffinitively give it a try since you can use Compiz in it and indeed arrange your workspaces in a static grid
If you don't have mate, I believe you can istall it via the command
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sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment
and then do a little tweaking in order to make compiz rule by default which should leave you with the desktop you have.Mate
is a fork of Gnome 2 whose libraries, components and dependencies were renamed so that they wouldn't be incompatible with Gnome 3 (you can't have several versions of the same app in your system no matter how hard you try since it would create a mess (Imagine clicking the icon named "Firefox" and the OS doesn't know wheter to launch version 1 or 2
) ) so Mate does something both interesting and necesary. Again, it is Compiz the one that provides the desktop grid and Compiz works with Gnome Classic, KDE, Xfce, LXDE (I think?) and Mate but not with Cinnamon or Gnome Shell (yes, I hate those pesky developers too
). Anyway, please do keep in mind that you *do* have options and that Mint developers are doing their best in order to satisfy all their users; ultimately, the choise of a DE can be a good or a bad thing and you should never stop looking for options if you are not happy with the ones you have. Again, if you were a Gnome 2 fanboy (as well as me) I would strongly suggest Mate since, well, it is Gnome 2.
EDIT: Wrong package; nox fixed
Cheer up! Things are getting worse at a slower rate.