Evolution of Gnome 3 to a flavor of Cinnamon

I want to be on a more recent version of Linux on my desktop here at the office. My Fedora 14 install is getting long in the tooth — particularly in Evolution. In fact, running a more recent version of Evolution is one of my primary reasons of wanting to upgrade: I’m hoping they’ve polished the Exchange integration a bit more.

The problem with Fedora 15 and 16 is the introduction of Gnome 3 and the Gnome Shell, where the Gnome developers decided to dumb-down the shell even further than they did back in Gnome 2. I don’t want it. Lots of people don’t want it.

But that’s ok, because it’s Linux (unlike Microsoft users who are stuck with whatever Redmond gives them — better hope you like Metro!). Cinnamon offers all of the great infrastructure that Gnome 3 provides with the Gnome 2-like interface that people actually like.

So off I go installing Fedora 16 within a VM only to discover that Gnome 3 requires hardware acceleration and VMware doesn’t support hardware acceleration for Linux guests. This means I can’t test out Cinnamon, or even Gnome 3, in a VM before jumping ship.

And so this endeavor comes to a close almost before it got started. With luck maybe VM will start supporting 3D acceleration in Linux sometime soon ’cause I want to play with Gnome 3 and Cinnamon before taking the plunge.

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