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Cinnamon and GNOME-Shell

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I had a bit of a google and could not quite find the answer. I have had a look at cinnamon again, and whilst I do not think it suits my work flow I was curious about a few things. I understand it is called a fork of GNOME-Shell sometimes, is this true? or did they just re-write it? Are cinnamon applets the same as gnome-extentions? Can they be interchanged (or could they once before code bases diverged?) Am I correct in thinking that cinnamon do not use mutter and use compiz instead? Is there only common feature now GNOME3 (i.e web, shotwell etc) or is it just Gtk? Also, what (HowTos)