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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby Syndacate on Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:36 pm

dogsolitude_uk wrote:OPTIONAL?!?! :shock: But... But... Options are soooo last decade. They went out the window with Gnome 2, Windows 8 and Unity. The way forward these days is to have an idea, or better still a 'vision' and force people to put up with it whether they like it or not. You don't really want to give users the ability to adapt their work environment to their preferred way of working, surely?

Blimey, the Mint guys will be soliciting feedback on user experience and asking for suggestions and new ideas next...

Oh, wait...

:mrgreen:


Gnome 2 had plenty of options. Perhaps you meant Gnome 3?
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby dogsolitude_uk on Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:22 pm

Syndacate wrote:
dogsolitude_uk wrote:OPTIONAL?!?! :shock: But... But... Options are soooo last decade. They went out the window with Gnome 2, Windows 8 and Unity. The way forward these days is to have an idea, or better still a 'vision' and force people to put up with it whether they like it or not. You don't really want to give users the ability to adapt their work environment to their preferred way of working, surely?

Blimey, the Mint guys will be soliciting feedback on user experience and asking for suggestions and new ideas next...

Oh, wait...

:mrgreen:


Gnome 2 had plenty of options. Perhaps you meant Gnome 3?


Yes. Yes I did.
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby BlackFox on Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:59 am

Just chiming in as a new user. Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon is my first experience with Linux and for me it's really these small things like having properly aligning desktop icons, as well as many many other small details that are really turning me off from Linux. I just don't have time for this BS, and it's really sad to learn that this has been an unresolved problem for years. Especially considering how simple the solution should be.

If the developers are not going to do something about it, then is there any patch or workaround that we the community can come up with?
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby spynoodle on Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:07 am

As a relative newcomer to Mint, I definitely agree with this. I thought something was a little weird with my desktop, but I didn't notice the issue until I stumbled upon this thread. There's no reason not to fix this!
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby Syndacate on Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:17 am

BlackFox wrote:Just chiming in as a new user. Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon is my first experience with Linux and for me it's really these small things like having properly aligning desktop icons, as well as many many other small details that are really turning me off from Linux. I just don't have time for this BS, and it's really sad to learn that this has been an unresolved problem for years. Especially considering how simple the solution should be.

If the developers are not going to do something about it, then is there any patch or workaround that we the community can come up with?


Yeah, I thought about doing it, as I have the software dev experience and I have the drive...but I don't have the time to get acquainted with the system (I don't know how Gnome works behind the scene) :-\. That's the big ball-buster. I don't know the general architecture of the system, which means I'd have to figure it all out on my own, which is a pain, especially if you're constantly crushed for time like I am. That's why I brought this issue up here. I brought it up for Gnome2 in the Ubuntu forums in hopes that somebody would take notice but nobody did. Hopefully here, where they're more 'customer oriented' - they can deal with it, because I have a laundry list of people who it has pissed off and turned away from Linux (as you said, it's the small things like these that annoy you), and it really shouldn't be that way. If people are turned away from Linux it should be the lack of mainstream apps or something, not because the icons are aligned like ass.
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby catweazel on Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:43 am

palo wrote:Just have a feeling that there may be others that may not want this feature request.

There are those of us who don't like desktop icons at all so don't care either way :mrgreen:

Nevertheless, it's a worthy option to support. Option being the operative word.
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby Syndacate on Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:56 am

TehGhodTrole wrote:
palo wrote:Just have a feeling that there may be others that may not want this feature request.

There are those of us who don't like desktop icons at all so don't care either way :mrgreen:

Nevertheless, it's a worthy option to support. Option being the operative word.


Yeah, Ubuntu has proven many times that forcing people into things isn't always the best solution. A simple preferences check box in appearance would do just dandy, IMO :).
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby chiec on Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:18 am

I think this is a must, and not so difficult to do.
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby Emanuele on Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:35 am

I join the request. It is such a lack of basic feature that makes Linux world far from user appeal. Modern commercial operating systems develop innovative feature but still mantain what is known as essential desktop facilities. I've discovered Linux Mint about 4 months ago, I find it a good distro, with great capability. But it still doesn't resolve terrible troubles like xscreensaver inhibition (introduced by Ubuntu standard violation), icon grid placement, firefox startup time, gedit startup time (the standard text editor I mean!!), menu startup time (only mate DE).

How can a fresh windows user deal with them? If I weren't a free software supporter, I would have dropped Linux world a long time ago. Choice is important, but commond standards between distroes are necessary to build something good upon. If Ubuntu has made a bad choice, it's time to have a change. This fork should BE the change, we now have transparent menus, the expo view, a graceful notification system and so on, but how long should we wait for a working screensaver?

Does free software mean slowness, boredom, staticness? If it does, it won't never be an alternative.
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby wilo108 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:29 pm

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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby Jesse_V on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:04 pm

I followed this instructions posted here: https://github.com/linuxmint/nemo/issue ... t-54789165 and I have a nice even grid on my desktop!

Since this committed into Github, I expect that a future release of Nemo will have this 2D grid. In the meantime, I applied the commit and have it myself. :)
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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby King Crimson on Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:28 pm

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Re: Cinnamon "grid" icons

Postby King Crimson on Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:35 pm

I also followed the above instructions on LMC 17.1 (Rebecca) x64 and it works a treat. They might be a bit confusing to beginners, though, who will definitely miss a few steps that are hardly worth mentioning to more advanced users. So if someone should struggle with them, here's a step-by-step guide for newbies to linux:

1. In terminal, get compiler and everything
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sudo apt-get install build-essential dpkg-dev


2. Activate source repositories in package-sources from the start menu

3. In terminal, make folder for compilation, where the source files will be downloaded to, and change to that folder
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mkdir nemo
cd nemo


4. Get the Nemo source code
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sudo apt-get source nemo


5. Get everything needed to build Nemo
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sudo apt-get build-dep nemo


6. Modify the source file – in Nemo, change to the nemo/nemo-2.4.5+rebecca folder, right-click the libnemo-private folder to open it as administrator and double-click the nemo-icon-container.c file to open it in the default text editor

7. Search for the Desktop layout mode defines string and make the following changes:

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/* Desktop layout mode defines */
#define DESKTOP_PAD_HORIZONTAL    10
#define DESKTOP_PAD_VERTICAL    1
#define SNAP_SIZE_X       78
#define SNAP_SIZE_Y       88


Close the file to save and close Nemo.

8. In terminal, change to the nemo/nemo-2.4.5+rebecca folder and build the package
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sudo dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us –uc


9. Install the package
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sudo dpkg -i nemo_2.4.5+rebecca_amd64.deb


10. Exit terminal and restart system, then delete the nemo folder
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