First of all, you may know I'm a Mint lover. It made me stop distro hopping, so congratulations and thankyous to all the developers and other members of the team.
But that splendidness and beautiness is what afraids me... Like I was in love with Ubuntu 11.04 (with Gnome Classic) and then they removed it.
Will the same happen to Linux Mint? Will they remove MATE, or even Cinnamon, and create some new Apple-ish shell? I love to doubt it, because Mint listens to the community and I'm sure that clem knows that most of the Mint users come from the Gnome 3 hell, but... Is something scheduled for the feature?
About making a Apple-ish shell, someone had proved that it could happen. He had already shown how Mint 13 could work with Unity's Dash in Distrowatch last issue. I mentioned that here; viewtopic.php?f=29&t=121558
Mint 13 is the LTS one, which would stay in force until the end of life of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in April 2017. Quantal and Raring would be dead by that time. Both Quantal and Raring are buggy as they adapt their bases to fit the new Unity 3D, which is based on the unstable Compiz 0.9.x. The Compiz devs warn not to use it on production machines. If we do that, we are to expect crashes.
In Quantal and Raring, Ubuntu has made many chnages to the base
, changing base applications to match Unity 3D in them. When the Mint 14 was based on Quantal, it inherited those base applications, even though Compiz is not included in Mint 14 Cinnamon. But, whatever the "experimental" bugs of Quantal was inherited by Mint 14, which is buggy than Mint 13 LTS. There is really no use of using a distro made on the base of experimental and buggy Quantal. I had enough of Mint 14 crashing on me, I said sorry and returened to Mint 13, which is sureshot distro. I simply added Nadia repos to it and upgraded it to the newest Cinnamon. The Linux kernal in Mint 13 is quite good and there is no real purpose in upgrading to a newer kernal, but we can install any new kernel to Mint 13.
It is quite interesting that Mint 13 Cinnamon could work with Unity's Dash without its ugly side bar and "global' menu top panel. Hope that person would let us know how he did that.