I have Mint/Mate installed on my main computer, and have Mint/Cinnamon installed on my old laptop which is now my ham shack computer. Both of them are via VirtualBox. I have actually just switched my shack computer to Mate. Before I actually remove Cinnamon, though, I am wondering if I have been missing something with it.
To that end, I have a few questions:
- Transparency: Is it possible to have panel transparency with more control than the extension allows, a la Mate?
- Are panel hide buttons possible a la Mate? With VirtualBox having the sliding panel button is fantastic since I can use seamless mode and have my panel on top take up just a few pixels on the top corner of my screen until needed.
- Various resources suggest that Cinnamon takes more resources, but I don't see why. Are there some awesome capabilities in Cinnamon that I'm not aware of? Things that just work better? What am I missing?
To be honest, while I've installed Mate, both Mate and Cinnamon seem really
basic as far as desktop managers go. I still miss (mourn) Afterstep running on Gnome 1.4 with the ability to swallow applets. When Gnome took that away, everything seemed to sort of go down hill and ths ings seemed to get more basic and vanilla with each release.