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I have really disliked GNOME 3 with a passion, it just seems somewhat overblown and the taskbar is a pain to deal with IMO. So far i have tried using some version of LXDE 0.5.0 . While this gives me the classic linux feel, it feels poorly crafted and has some visual bugs going on with the taskbar.

I would like to expand further out and see if I can find a window manager that is a good blend between the modern feel of GNOME3 but use a Ubuntu 10-like start menu and taskbar. The top taskbar with the context menus, time, battery, etc. Is a huge must, I would rather not have this on the bottom.

Also, is there a WM that is similar to that of an OS X interface???


Google searches really did not turn up anything particularly appealing... I did find the gnome classic packages, I could theoretically use it with no problem but I was curious to see if there were other options.

Thanks for the help,
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Edited by raidmaxGuy - 2/25/13 at 3:10pm
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If you want OSX feel, you can install a number of DE's/WM's.

Gnome 2 ( mate ) + global menu + theme
XFCE + global menu + theme
Gnome 3 + global menu + theme
KDE + Bespin/QtCurve + XBar + theme
Cinnamon + global menu + theme

... pretty much any of them, but they'll require tweaking.

You can change the toolbars for any DE/WM from bottom to top.

I would say install cinnamon and see how you like it.
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If you want OSX feel, you can install a number of DE's/WM's.

Gnome 2 ( mate ) + global menu + theme
XFCE + global menu + theme
Gnome 3 + global menu + theme
KDE + Bespin/QtCurve + XBar + theme
Cinnamon + global menu + theme

... pretty much any of them, but they'll require tweaking.

You can change the toolbars for any DE/WM from bottom to top.

I would say install cinnamon and see how you like it.

Got Cinammon installed and I am about to put the Cloud 2 theme on it... Though Im not sure what you are referring to as far as a global menu...

Edit: Im assuming the global menu may have something to do with the fact that the Cloud 2 theme is not applying itself as it should... right now it is only changing the theme of the panel/taskbar, everything else still looks like ubuntu 12
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Global Menu = edit: sorry the image messed up, dont feel like reuploading, same as xbar basically.

XBar for KDE is the same basic thing, but needs bespin or qtcurve to work properly.



And make sure you change the WM theme along with the Shell theme.
Edited by Shrak - 2/25/13 at 5:08pm
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A few DEs should have an OSX theme too. I know gnome, xfce, and KDE can be done in an OSX style. Personally I like taking the DE that is the most functional and feature rich and take out or disable what I don't want. Generally I find that easier, as I've found out that features I don't use often does not mean they suck. I've found many features on a "full" desktop experience to be nice, even if some people swear these desktops have "bloat". Ram maybe but I'm sportin enough that I don't bother with ram use, CPU use isn't even worth mentioning on any DE. My wifi card uses more cpu power. =P Just use them all, I used to have every DE installed just so I could try them out and see what I like more. Even when new updates hit, I'll have multiple DEs just to see what's what.
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Ok so I did figure out why the window themes werent changing, you have to set the window theme separately... Derp



Anyways... This is what I have so far but I dont like the way this works.... I want the taskbar with the applications on it at the bottom and a context menu across the top that allows me to access various options in the active application as one would in OS X.

It would seem that a complete look-alike to Mac OS isnt really possible unless its with a different DE/WM than cinnamon,

Though i think if I can locate the right plugin for the context menu then i should be able to just move the applets around on the panels and get the config I want...
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unlock the panel, drag the window list to the bottom bar. And find the cinnamon globalmenu and install it for the integrated task/menu bar like that of OSX.
Edited by Shrak - 2/27/13 at 3:29pm
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unlock the panel, drag the window list to the bottom bar. And find the cinnamon globalmenu and install it for the integrated task/menu bar like that of OSX.

I get that, but where on earth would said plugin be located? I have googled and looked in the cinnamon repository and nothing turned up...
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If you want to go the easy route you can install Mate ( another DE forked from Gnome2, instead of Cinnamon which is based on Gnome3/Shell ) and install the gnome2-globalmenu ( might be renamed mate-globalmenu now, not sure ) which is readily available. And moving applets like the Window List is much easier than in Gnome3/Shell/Cinnamon.
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If you want to go the easy route you can install Mate ( another DE forked from Gnome2, instead of Cinnamon which is based on Gnome3/Shell ) and install the gnome2-globalmenu ( might be renamed mate-globalmenu now, not sure ) which is readily available. And moving applets like the Window List is much easier than in Gnome3/Shell/Cinnamon.

Yeah this is what I went ahead and did, going to install the global menu momentarily and play with the theme a little

Pics will be posted when done
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Alienware 17 R3 Logitech G502 Proteus Core Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di 
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Intel Core i7 7700k GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming EVGA GTX 1070 Hybrid Gaming 16 GB G-Skill DDR4-3000 
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Samsuning 960 Evo m.2 PCIe SSD Corsair H100 Windows 10 Professional x64 27" Samsung S27D590C Curved 1080p monitor 
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27" AOC I2757FH 1080p monitor Coolermaster QuickFire TK Coolermaster V750 Corsair H440 Black/Red 
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Fallout 4 Steelseries Rival Hyena Agenda 18" mouse mat 
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i5-3570k ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Gigabyte GTX 770 Superclocked Windforce Gigabyte GTX 770 Superclocked Windforce 
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Kingston HyperX T1 G-Skill Ripjaws Sandisk SSD Hitachi Desktar 
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Seagate Barracuda Green Western Digital Asus DVD-RW Corsair H100 
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Corsair SP 120 Quiet Edition (x2) Bitfenix Spectre Pro LED 140mm White/Red Bitfenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm White/Red (x2) Windows 8.1 Pro 
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AOC I2757Fh 27" IPS LED 1080p monitor Dell E207WFP 20.5'' TFT LCD monitor CM Storm QuickFire TK Cooler Master V-750 Modular 80 Plus Gold 
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Cooler Master Storm Stryker Roccat Savu HyenaAgenda 18'' gaming mat JVC HA RX700 
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Logitech G930 Wireless Headset Sound Blaster Z JVC RX-6000V 500W receiver Bose Acoustimass 3 Series III 
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SMK LINK Bluetooth 4.0 +EDR Adaptor Logysis Red 12" CCFL Belkin n52te speedpad Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 
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Logitech Extreme 3D Pro 
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Intel i7 6820HK Intel(R) HD Graphics 530 Nvidia GeForce 980m Hynix DDR4 2133 
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1TB HGST 7K1000 7200RPM Windows 10 x64 Home Edition IGZO-IPS TrueLife 400 nits UHD display Dell 240W AC Adapter 
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Alienware 17 R3 Logitech G502 Proteus Core Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di 
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