I'm new to this forum and to this OS too, so first I would like to thank you for your work and time to make Linux Mint an awesome OS!
The backstory: my machine isn't very fast, first I used Ubuntu Lucid as long as I could, then I switched to 12.04, then back to Lucid, because gnome fallback session and compiz was extremely buggy, then to 12.10, but it's isn't that fast, so I ended up trying out Cinnamon, which is an awesome DE too, but too much for my laptop, so I tried out MATE too, and found it awesome. My system is much faster and responsible now, so thanks everything! I'm definitely going to use it as my main DE. (and of course Linux Mint as my main OS)
But I've got some questions:
- using gtk2 apps alongside gtk3 feels a bit strange to me. And my problem is with theming: I found some awesome gtk2 themes, and some other gtk3 themes without gtk2 counterpart. How could I set gtk3 apps to use a gtk3 theme and gtk2 apps to use a gtk2 theme? (if I choose an only-gtk2 theme all the gtk3 apps look ugly understandably)
- my favorite theme on Lucid was Equinox (Evolution Dawn to be honest). It got an own gtk engine (gtk2-engines-equinox). How could I install it on my computer? If I download its .deb from the PPA, I can install it, but the system still won't recognize it...
- on 12.10 everything was an indicator (even the tray icons) and I have used to it (it is nicer to go through indicator menus, because you don't have to click on every item) and it was more consistent. How could I implement it in MATE? (if it's possible). I know I can add an indicator applet, then install some indicators, but not every indicator is avaliable, but if I do so, I even get double sound icon (one indicator and one tray icon)
- my laptop's screen isn't so big, so I set up a very space-efficient DE on every system I use. Long story short: one panel at the top, no window decorations for maximized windows, intellihide dock and (the most important part: ) window panel applets on the panel (only for maximised windows) (window control buttons: close, minimize, maximize; and window titlebar). So it's like the window decorations converge with the panel itself. It looks good and saves a lot of screen space. But can I use something like that on a MATE panel? I downloaded the source, tried to compile it, but gave me errors, some libraries were to old, so I couldn't compile it. (and it even had many gtk dependencies) This is what a mostly need, it was an awesome feature.
Wow, that's for now, waiting for you reply