Originally a Ubuntu user, but after Unity became the default DE in Ubuntu I tried RedHat, SUSE, Mandriva. Then I discovered LinuxMint version 10 (2010), and felt like home. I have always been a Mate guy since then. While on Mint, I tried some other DE and WM, like Cinnamon, OpenBox, Awesome and i3 (I loved i3). But I’ve always went back to Mate.
About 6 months ago I decided to dive into the distribution sea again and try something new. Arch way the way. Tried Architect, then Manjaro with KDE Plasma. After a few weeks, when I had to use a computer with LM Mate, I realized I loved Plasma, even though it had given me some very hard moments (it was my first experience with KDE). But after a few months Manjaro became somehow “broken”, froze upon start sometimes, Plasma wouldn’t (re)start, it crashed more and more often. As I’ve always kept my /home on a separate partition, I decided to give Arch one more chance, Antergos this time. First Budgie, very nice, but not ready for everyday work; tried to install Mate, but it went bad. Didin’t look good at all. I was very disappointed.
Fresh install of Antergos, Gnome this time. I have to say I like it (combination of Vertex-dark for GTK3, Breeze-dark for icons and mouse cursor, Arc-Grey-Dark for Gnome-shell). It seems solid. What I dislike a lot is that one has to use a lot of addons to make it usable. Currently there are 16 shell extensions active on my system and still I miss some basic things like a task-switch panel. No, TaskBar extension doesn’t work for me - it changes the look (font size) of the panel, it often prevents the desktop from starting. I had to stop using it.
Any tips on TaskBar replacement?