I tried many deskop environments ... unity, gnome shell, gnome classic, cinnamon. And all of them have some pieces I would like to use but some other annoyances that make me crazy.
These are my must-haves:
* Panel at the top: global menu that is always visible, all indicators on the right side
* hot corner for invoking an overview, this overview has to allow to switch to workspaces, drag applications and windows to different workspaces/screens.
* Dock at the bottom or left to start favorite apps
* Use a unity dash approach for launching other apps
With Unity the global menu is not visible by default, but it has a good launcher, window management is buggy and not intuitive.
Why can't i combine Comiz Scale and Expo? It would make live so much easier.
I like the Gnome shell approach regarding window management better.
Gnome shell on the other hand lacks a global menu, at least a useful one. I don't want the menus be hidden in submenus and so on.
Additionally Gnome shell overview shows the workspace switcher only on one of my screens (dual screen setup? Why?
Additionally I'd like to have horizontal workspaces and the switcher should be either on top or on the bottom of the screens.
Furthermore some status icons are on top and some are on the bottom?!
Gnome classic allows me to configure the top panel as I like it. But the window management is the same as in Unity ... crap. Scale and Expo are not combinable here too.
Cinnamon on the other hand has a very windows vista-y approach. I don't like the start menu and the overview mode looks very unprofessional. Also not global menubar
So my idea was to combine the best parts of these DEs
* Take the launcher from Unity
* Use Gnome Classic's panel with global appmenu and indicators
* Take Gnome Shell's overview mode (invoke with hot corner or button in the gnome panel)
Unfortunately gnome-panel doesn't start up when gnome shell is running. The DEs seem to lock each other out - which makes sense ...
Is there a way to start gnome-panel without the "DE managing part", just as regular application?
Or is there any other way to combine the above mentioned features?
Hope someone of you can help
I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 btw.