I'm going to soon reinstall Linux MInt 17.1 back onto my computer & have a quick question.
Is Linux Mint Cinnamon that much better than MATE? I've been using MATE for years, and am wondering if I'm missing out on anything better in Cinnamon. I've tried it before, seems to have a jerky feel, though that could be the computer needed some fine tuning for the OS, or I need time to get used to it, one or the other or a combination of both.
It's been often stated that Cinnamon is a drop in replacement for Windows 7, if any of you are in this group, please feel free to speak up. I'd rather hear from those who have been running Cinnamon for a few months or years, though would also like to hear from those who ran it a couple of days & gave up on it & why. I may run Cinnamon in a virtual machine for a couple of days to get a feel for the OS, or one of my other computers, one has a not too old graphics card, a 1GB GDDR5 Radeon 7570 (Dell OEM). What I don't want to do is install a OS on my main PC, not like it & have to reinstall. Every format to my SSD is a full write of the surface area & why I have /home & Swap on HDD, because I run virtual machines.
System specs are as follows, more details are in the 1st Speccy spec below, the other is a notebook that I just got, disregard that one, Linux causes that model of Samsung to partial brick during install & I don't have the experience to recover it.
Dell XPS 8700 (upgraded a lot)
i7-4770 Quad Core CPU (3.40GHz w/3.90 Turbo Boost)
NVIDIA GTX 960 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
32GB RAM (shipped with a measly 12GB)
40GiB partition on SSD for the main or root partition, 465.7GiB for /home & 4GiB Swap
What I mainly want to know, is how 'mature' Cinnamon is, as the Mint I install will be my primary OS & I don't care to deal with an unstable release. I keep hearing 'it's maturing', it would be great to hear 'it's matured'. Though I've ran MATE for years, mainly because of how stable it is across a wide range of computers, would like a bit more eye candy, yet not that of KDE, have been there & done that, I want an OS to work just like it does in MATE, which basically has the same controls & runs the same apps.
Being that Cinnamon is more graphics intense, I'd figure it has some eye candy of it's own, especially considered as a drop in replacement for a very popular OS in Windows 7, which by chance is still my favorite OS of that brand.
Any & all suggestions will be appreciated, yet please keep it towards Linux MATE & Cinnamon, am not interested in discussing any other versions or distro releases. Linux MInt has served me well for 6 years at the time of this posting & I'm sticking with what works.
Thanks for any responses given.