Functional Gnome 2 environment before installing Gnome 3 on Linux Mint 11. It took me a while to get things setup the way I like it after a fresh OS install, but I’m ready to ditch my customization due to the fact that Gnome 3 shows a lot of promise for complex multitasking, as well as being lighter on system resources than Compiz.

I’m following this guide (Adding GNOME 3 to Linux Mint 11) if you’re interested in installing it for yourself. The instructions should apply to any distro based off of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

I’ll share my thoughts about the new windowing environment when I’m done evaluating Gnome 3. Wish me luck!

Change the order of the items in your windows' title bars

This guide is mainly for users of Gnome 2 (now known as Ubuntu Classic session), since the title bar is included in the upper panel in Unity. I suppose it could work on down-scaled windows in Unity too, but that would just make everything seem awfully confusing.

Install the “gconf-editor” package by using either Synaptic or command line. Run it (this must be done by command line or Alt+F2). Go to Apps > Metacity > General and find the option labled “button layout”. Now place the buttons in whichever order you want to. Here are some examples of how you can make your layout look:

Default layout:

Windows layout:
Mac OS X layout:
Alternate layout 1:
Alternate layout 2:
You can place the buttons in whichever order you like. Try experimenting a bit until you find the layout that suits you best. Enjoy!
Finally Mate desktop environment will be available in Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu Announced  that they will make Mate desktop environment available in Ubuntu 14.04.

For those who don’t know Mate desktopMATE is a fork of GNOME 2, It provides all user features that Gnome 2 used to give.

This desktop environment keeps the traditional desktop experience (two panels, one in the top, the other in the bottom).