For many months now I have been using Linux Mint 13 MATE edition.
While I had no major complaints about MATE, there were a few features of Cinnamon I thought I might like. I decided to change.
I backed up my /home partition just in case, and then installed Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, formatting the root partition but leaving the /home partition as it was. All went smoothly.
I played around with Cinnamon for a couple of days and decided that yes, my decision to switch was a good one, apart from the fact that the system seemed to be a bit slower.
Being a bit of an experimenter, I decided to update Cinnamon to the Nightly version to see what lay in the future. This was a mistake. I immediately ran into problems with my ATI video and some of the minor features of Cinnamon failed to work, such as the ability to customise it.
For a couple more days, I worked with my new setup but the more I worked with it, the slower it seemed to become. It reached the stage where the disadvantages heavily outweighed the advantages and I decided to cut my losses and return to MATE.
Once again, I took the lazy way out and left my /home partition alone while reinstalling Linux Min 13 MATE.
Very soon I was back to where I started with my original setup and configuration. I reinstalled all my applications and all went well.
The problem now was that I missed the features of Cinnamon. I decided in a fit of madness to install Cinnamon Desktop on top of MATE, so at least I would have a choice if I got too frustrated with one desktop or the other.
To my surprise, Cinnamon works very well on top of MATE. Naturally, all the settings from my previous install of Cinnamon were intact so it worked straight away just as I wanted it. It appears to be a lot faster that the standalone Cinnamon version, and I have been using it all this week with no problems whatsoever.
A major bonus that resulted from all this messing around is my new choice of Desktops -
I not only have a choice of MATE or Cinnamon, I also can run Gnome Classic, or even Ubuntu. As a bonus, I can run XBMC as my desktop. This is my preferred Media Platform which I installed as a programme.
I am very happy with this setup. It is running very smoothly and the only thing I can’t do is upgrade Cinnamon to the Nightly version. That was a hard lesson.
“If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it”?