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Linux Mint 12 desktop
Over the years, I've tried every shade of desktop — from the ridiculously complex to the overly simple, from the barely usable to the extremely useful. Recently, the push seems towards touchscreen technology, with little success. Nevertheless, some operating systems — such as Ubuntu Unity, GNOME 3 and Windows 8 — are persisting with touchscreen-friendly features. The problem is these desktops aren't particularly user friendly.
1. Smart desktop
The smart desktop is Linux Mint's strongest feature. Mint has a new desktop subsystem that lets you add or subtract features from GNOME 2 onto GNOME 3 so that you can create an incredibly user-friendly desktop. For example, you decide whether you want a Start menu or a bottom panel. The end result is that you end up with a customised desktop that suits your needs.
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