but gnome classsic included in Mint13 Cinnamon (which is Gnome 3.4.1 i think? at least that's what system monitor told me) looked fine to me, pretty much same as Gnome2. I haven't tried any other 3d rendered desktops to know if it's just Cinnamon that looks bad or e.g. if Unity or KDE (?) would look the same.
also, the themes applied to cinnamon really don't mesh with the window manager fonts.. it makes the desktop and panels look really out of place against the windows/apps. in Gnome2 when you changed a theme, generally that affected fonts across the whole system.
so right now i can't see why i shouldn't just use Gnome-classic for all users (the fallback in Cinnamon edition) need to do some more reading to learn if there's any downside to this. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/gnom ... r-changed/
i presume this is same as what both Mint 13 main editions come with, just a different layout.