Mint 12 Unity Desktop

Linux Mint 12, code-named Lisa, is the latest release of the popular desktop Linux distribution. This is the version of Linux Mint based on Ubuntu Desktop, not the one based on Debian. That one is called Linux Mint Debian Edition, or LMDE.

Linux Mint 12, the GNOME edition, which is what this release uses, offers several desktops. There is the GNOME 3 desktop, with a Mint GNOME Shell Extension, which drops a traditional-style desktop atop GNOME 3. There is, of course, the GNOME 3 Fallback mode, and MATE, the classic Linux Mint desktop, with the mintMenu. The Unity desktop is also available. In a blog post on November 4 2011, Clement Lefebvre, the lead developer of Linux Mint, explained the reasoning for the direction the project has taken. It is a bold new direction which I think strikes a balance between the old and well-accepted, and the new and controversial.

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While a review is still in the works, here a few screen shots for your viewing pleasure.

This a screen shot of the desktop in GNOME 3 Fallback Mode, that is, when video or 3D acceleration is not available.
Mint 12 GNOME Fallback

The same GNOME 3 Fallback Mode showing the menu.
Mint 12 GNOME Fallback Menu

This is classic Linux Mint desktop showing the Favorites view of mintMenu.
Mint 12 Mate Desktop

And another showing the Applications view of the same mintMenu.
Mint 12 Mate Desktop Menu

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Activities view of the GNOME 3 desktop.
Mint 12 GNOME 3 Activities

Applications view of the GNOME 3 desktop.
Mint 12 GNOME 3 Favorites

A view of MGSE’s menu. MGSE, or Mint GNOME Shell Extension, runs atop the GNOME 3 Shell, so for those that have been complaining about GNOME 3, you can still run it, but be using something that looks very familiar, and a desktop that is task-, rather than application-centric.
Mint 12 MGSE Menu

The same desktop showing the calendar.
Mint 12 GNOME 3 Calendar

Yep, that is Linux Mint 12 running Unity desktop.
Mint 12 Unity Desktop

Mint developers decided to disable overlay scrollbar out of the box, which I wrote about here. So, on all windows, you get the traditional scrollbar, which is much better.
Mint12 Nautilus File Manager

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14 Responses

    1. I don’t see any option to remove the panel completely from the desktop. The only thing that can be done with it, is flip it to the top edge of the desktop, then install Cairo-Dock and make sure you use a Cairo-Dock theme that has no upper sub-dock.

      I tried it once, but did not like it, as the desktop does not look good with both Cairo-Dock and the main panel active.

      And I checked to see if there’s a package that can be uninstalled that will remove the panel, but couldn’t find any.

  1. I found another two quirks in Olivia.

    Occassionally, Olivia forgets to allow me to enter my password when resuming from a screensaver. This mostly happens when I have Virtualbox on. I have to select switch user and then log-in as myself once again.

    The second quirk is when Olivia has been in suspend mode for sometime (an hour or more), and occassionally refuses to wake up. I usually have to hit ALT+PrtScrn+R+E+I+S+U+B or Recycle power.

  2. I am using Mint 15. However, instead of Cinnamon, I prefer to use Cairo-Dock, as I like the panel on the left of my screen.

    I want the window controls (minimize, maximize, close) to be on the left side also. This is simple when I use Cinnamon, but not possible when using Cairo-dock. Even changing in metacity within gconf-editor does not help.

    Will be grateful if anyone can show how to accomplish this.

    1. You can install Cairo-Dock and place the dock on the left edge of the desktop. That’s no problem.

      The problem is, what do you do with the default Cinnamon panel? I’ve not found a way to remove it from the desktop, so if you place Cairo-Dock on the left edge, the top or bottom part of it will be hitting part of the Cinnamon panel.

      regarding he window controls, once you set it in Cinnamon, it remains the same even when Cairo-Dock is in use. I have it so on a test installation.

      1. I start the computer with “compiz –replace” and select Cairo-dock (gnome), which takes care of the cinnamon panel, ie. I do not have any Cinnamon panel. Additionally, I use a two-panel theme of Cairo-dock which gives me a left-panel and a top-panel.

        I use the same settings for Mint 13 & 14 as well, and have no problems setting the window controls on the left. However, in Mint 15, I cannot change them to the left, no matter what I do.

        It may be working for you since you still have the Cinnamon panels left over in Cairo-Dock. Try to get rid of Cinnamon and see whether you can shift the controls to the left.

  3. It happens using either a copy over a Samba connection or with a USB attached hard drive or flash drive. I general do the transfer through the GUI using the file manager. I have not checked to see if the problem occurs using the cp command. Hitting the stop button doesn’t terminate the process. I have to go in and kill the nemo program. I’ve tried three of the flavors of Mint and all have shown the same problem.

  4. I was really impressed with Linux Mint but ran into a big problem. If I transfer very large files or a large number of files, the file transfer will randomly stop and hang. I ran into this problem originally with version 14 and installed 15 to see if it fixed it. To my despair, 15 showed the same problem. I’ve been trying to find if there is a fix for this problem but have not found one. I’ve tried this on several machines to rule out a machine problem.

      1. It happens using either a copy over a Samba connection or with a USB attached hard drive or flash drive. I general do the transfer through the GUI using the file manager. I have not checked to see if the problem occurs using the cp command. Hitting the stop button doesn’t terminate the process. I have to go in and kill the nemo program. I’ve tried three of the flavors of Mint and all have shown the same problem.

          1. Maybe it is a problem with new distros because I’ve never run into this problem with Ubuntu 10.04 or 12.04. Also it wouldn’t explain why I have the problem with the USB external drive.

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