No Metacity after Mint 21 Upgrade?

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No Metacity after Mint 21 Upgrade?

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I read that support for Metacity windows was dropped from Mint 21, and all windows are rendered in GTK now. My goal when I first got Linux Mint was to make it look like an older version of Windows (Windows XP), and the Metacity windows do a much better job of that than GTK.

Is there any way to revert Cinnamon back to the version used in 20.3? Or at least change the rendering of the window headerbars and borders?

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AidFHonda wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:55 pm
Is there any way to revert Cinnamon back to the version used in 20.3?
If you want the version with LM20.3, then you would use LM20.3. That's your option.
AidFHonda wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:55 pm
Or at least change the rendering of the window headerbars and borders?
Check the topics created in the Themes, Icons & Wallpaper section of the forum for ideas on what is possible in LM21.
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AidFHonda wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:55 pm
Is there any way to revert Cinnamon back to the version used in 20.3?
It sounds, as if this is an upgrade from 20.3. Restore to it by using the Timeshift snapshot.
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I reverted to 20.3 as a temporary fix. I want to eventually be able to upgrade to 21.

I'm going to try to modify the GTK CSS so that the theme renders GTK windows more like Metacity. I've already gotten the titlebar thinned and the buttons corrected a bit (checked with a virtual machine running 21).
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AidFHonda wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 9:15 pm
I'm going to try to modify the GTK CSS so that the theme renders GTK windows more like Metacity. I've already gotten the titlebar thinned and the buttons corrected a bit (checked with a virtual machine running 21).
If you have not already done so, you might want to check the Themes, Icons & Wallpaper forum to see what others have done in LM21.
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Why do you want to upgrade to LM 21, if you don't like it visually?
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Staying with Mint 20.3 will work for a while but eventually (2025) support for it will runout.

It would be helpful if there was an option somewhere in Mint to at least set the min/max/close buttons to a larger size. Not everyone has perfect vision.
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tonywhelan wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:34 pm
It would be helpful if there was an option somewhere in Mint to at least set the min/max/close buttons to a larger size.
Agree.
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tonywhelan wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:34 pm
Staying with Mint 20.3 will work for a while but eventually (2025) support for it will runout.

It would be helpful if there was an option somewhere in Mint to at least set the min/max/close buttons to a larger size. Not everyone has perfect vision.
Maybe you would prefer one of these themes Simple modded themes for LM21.
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SMG wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:53 pm
tonywhelan wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:34 pm
Staying with Mint 20.3 will work for a while but eventually (2025) support for it will runout.

It would be helpful if there was an option somewhere in Mint to at least set the min/max/close buttons to a larger size. Not everyone has perfect vision.
Maybe you would prefer one of these themes Simple modded themes for LM21.
Thank you. I'll have a look at those on a test build of LM21.
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SMG wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:53 pm
Maybe you would prefer one of these themes Simple modded themes for LM21.
Just had a quick trial of the modded theme and the window buttons are definitely a big improvement size-wise.
I will spend some time playing with the new theme to make sure I'm happy with it, and maybe I will learn something about css in the process.
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tonywhelan wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:34 pm
Staying with Mint 20.3 will work for a while but eventually (2025) support for it will runout.
Before this happens there will several versions of Cinnamon appear: 5.6, 5.8, 6.0 (Major release change, taken by numbering), 6.2, 6.4. Hope dies last.
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