Unity is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 12.10. Although, it has improved a lot but if you’re still looking for an alternative desktop with classic GNOME 2 style layout then you may try MATE.
MATE is also a GNOME 3 based desktop (just like unity), it’s easy to use, and the it’s stable too.
MATE is a fork of Gnome 2.It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors.
The name “MATE” comes from yerba maté, a species of holly native to subtropical South America.
In the Beta version of F19 they had a MATE version that i downloaded and LOVED .. then they released the full version of F19 with *GAG* GNOME 3 which lokos like a heinous tablet OS (imo) ..anyways i was wondering if there was anyway to get MATE ofn the full release of fedora 19?? I have used the MATE webpage(redirects to the MATE wiki install page) which absolutely DOES NOT WORK ....
Hey guys, I was just wondering if GTK+ 3 apps work in the MATE desktop environment. I use Linux Mint MATE and I know MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, but I thought that maybe they still use GTK+ 2. What do you think?
Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop.
Aside from the KDE, GNOME 3, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments, users also have the option of running the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments.
If you’re not happy with the default desktop environment (Unity shell on GNOME3) in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), then you can try installing some alternative desktop such as MATE, Cinnamon, KDE etc or a lightweight desktop environment such as XFCE.
Why go for a Lightweight Desktop Environment ?
low resource requirements (it can also run smooth on older computers)