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Mate on Linux Mint 12
If your hardware can't power GNOME 3, you can run Classic GNOME thanks to Mate. It's a fork of GNOME 2 and is in effect the 2D mode for GNOME. The Mate desktop includes a bottom panel, start button, system tray, and desktop launchers. Of course, you needn't have lower-powered hardware to enjoy a pseudo-GNOME 2 desktop. To access Mate, all you have to do is choose it at the login screen.
If you haven't tried Linux Mint 12 Lisa, you should do as soon as possible. It's not just one of the best Linux distributions, it's also one of the best operating systems of any type available: user-friendly, powerful, stable and flexible. What do you think? Is Linux Mint 12 the most user-friendly desktop? If not, what is?
This story originally appeared as 10 reasons why Linux Mint is the most user-friendly desktop operating system available on TechRepublic.
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