The great selling point of Linux Mint is that it comes pre-installed with everything you need, and very little subsequent configuration is required. The desktop is supposedly a consummation of the most ideal preferences for general users and is designed to provide the greatest benefit to the greatest number of users. This approach has proved very successful for Mint, and the pop charts don’t lie: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity
For the rest of us though – particularly those of us who have become habituated over time to our own little peccadilloes – a few tweaks of the desktop are required before we feel at home. Fortunately, the Linux Mint window manager is ripe for customisation.
This post will be relevant to Linux Mint 12, running the Gnome 3 Desktop . Here is the virgin desktop you get fresh after installing from the Live DVD.
Mint condition (excuse the pun) is alright for some, but let’s explore a few initial options for pimping things out.