Recently I've been fighting for Balsa mail client especially gtk3 engine...
You guys could see above screenshot showed my Balsa could run with gtk3 engine!! :)
Well known, this git repository presents the main codes to playing Balsa with gtk3. But those codes might need some patches to build though... :(
Anyway my favorite applications no longer need old-school gtk2 mainly today:
- Web browsing -> Midori
- Mail client-> Balsa
- Twitter client-> Gwibber
- File manager -> Marlin
- Address book -> Gnome Contacts
- System settings -> Switchboard
- Panel -> Gnome Panel
And some other "elementary" applications (wingpanel, slingshot, and so) would be needed to test whether those could run on the latest gnome3 environments, right? Then if could, I really hope that "Synaptic Package Manager" could improve gtk3 compatibilities!! :P Yeah it's really a biggest problem for me... The answer is so much simple: "Ubuntu Software Center seems damned useless for me"... oops! :-P
Finally my desktop always wipes "unused contents" out, So what I'm keeping in my mind is "Simplicity". No need dock, gadgets, monitoring, and even desktop icons... I usually want only both "All-in-one panel" and "Well designed window manager", that's all. In past, I've been living with Fluxbox, and now especially on some Poor PCs of mine, using Pekwm instead of Mutter/Metacity. In opposite, some recent PCs could run Mutter quickly as Gnome Fallback Session with OpenGL, Oh that's nice!!
So why Mutter? --- Yeah today metacity theming already seems to have reached to the edge of customization for theming, But Mutter didn't. :P Yep, we've now got some new features with Mutter theming!! It's really cool, you know... If you guys want the Look & Feel like Gnome-shell on more simple desktops, OK, Let's play Mutter!
But one thing.
On a couple of days, both Mutter and Clutter seems to be buggy on gtk 3.5.7. Damned crashes! Oh yeah I would hum this song :D
PS: I love Paramore's songs...ehehe.