I’m using Cinnamon currently, I like it. It has a nice window switcher if you cursor to the top left, nice for small x61 laptop screens. My install is Mint + Cinnamon though, close enough.
I personally like Ubuntu’s Unity although most don’t. I have heard good things about Cinnamon but haven’t used it myself. The points in this article would be useful if I did.
Haters are gonna hate, but if I’m on Ubuntu I really don’t mind Unity so much. In fact, I prefer it to the OS X environment as it comes with most of the functionality I want out of the box. I’m pretty used to spectrwm (and Alfred on OS X) and I like being able to pull up terminals with a single key combination and run things with another key combination. I’ve had less luck with Spotlight (but maybe that’s improved).
I still really like OS X and can’t find anything that meets enough of my needs to move away from it but if I never did any multimedia work, I might be able to work strictly with Ubuntu along with VMware Workstation. I never liked spotlight much and I’ve never used Alfred (maybe I should). I tend to try and work within the base system functionality if at all possible with OS X or Ubuntu. I probably like a pretty clean install a little too much. In theory I want to be able to get to the point where I can easily get work done on any system with very little additional software for the core environment. With the Mac App Store I can quickly install nearly all of my apps and be back up and running within a short time.
With OpenBSD it seems my environment is even simpler with cwm and, except for compiling ports (which I always do), is very quickly usable. This is basically why I end up using multiple computers or at least VMs all the time. :–)
I tried living by that rule for a while, but I’ve found that I am just more productive when I make the numerous small tweaks I have on my personal box. It is a pain to get set up (takes about a day or so per machine, sometimes another half a day if things didn’t get set up right) but I notice performance benefits right away. Maybe it’s just old muscle memories drilled into my head.
OpenBSD base system with cwm, xterms/tmux and a simple browser (luminescence currently). Cinnawhat?
I gave Cinnamon a shot… The screenshots looked snazzy and I’d hoped it would be relatively lightweight. It’s not. I admit, my Chromebook (Samsung 5-series) isn’t exactly a powerhouse, (2GB RAM, Intel GMA, Atom N570 1.66GHz dual-core) but CInnamon’s non-performance was pretty bad – it hadn’t finished loading after 5 minutes, there were graphics artifacts everywhere, etc.
I’m not dogging on Cinnamon. This is just a warning to anyone on an Atom with Intel graphics – stay away. (And I’ll stick with Gnome Classic, for now.)