First Look: Linux Mint 12
Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, announced a few days ago that the upcoming Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) operating system will feature a new desktop interface built on top of the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
So, we’ve downloaded a development version of the Linux Mint 12 distribution and took it for a test drive, to see that amazing new interface everyone is talking about, that Unity killer.
To our surprise, it appears that Linux Mint 12’s new interface, called MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) is actually a small modification of the GNOME 3’s GNOME Shell interface.
You have two panels: the one on top is GNOME 3’s one, which can’t be removed (but it can be improved), and the bottom panel was added by the Linux Mint developers, providing a stylish Launcher Menu with built-in search and favorites, as well as a desktop switcher and notification center.
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