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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
On May 23, 2012, Linux Mint 13 "Maya" was released. There are two desktop flavors available, the MATE Edition and the Cinnamon Edition. MATE is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop since the GNOME project has abandoned GNOME 2 in order to work on GNOME 3 development. Cinnamon is a project started by Linux Mint in order to include a classic GNOME 2 style interface in a GNOME 3 environment. Both of these flavors are available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
For this review, I chose to install the 32 bit Cinnamon version on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. This replaced my previous Ubuntu 10.10 install, but I retained my previous /home partition. Upon my first attempt to log in, I got an error message telling me that my preferred session, (gnome.desktop) was not available. After going back and selecting "Cinnamon" as my desktop, I was able to log in to the desktop. I was greeted with the standart Linux Mint welcome screen.