Compiz works exactly the way I like it in Linux Mint MATE, except for the Wobbly Windows. These I can easily deactivate with just one click in the CompizConfig Settings Manager. Time spent: 1 minute.
Ubuntu MATE falls short in this regard, making it less attractive to newcomers who are not familiar with tweaking their system:
- The out-of-the-box experience is not as smooth. CCSM must be installed separately. At least it should be offered as an option in the Software Boutique.
- The majority of Compiz users - I believe - like it for some of its special effects. Productivity alone is not a sufficient reason to enable Compiz. Having a default option which showcases what it can do in a reasonable way is much better than making it appear too similar to other window managers. The same applies to panel layout designs in MATE Tweak.
3. I have already spent too much time reading through the forums without finding an adequate solution to get the desktop cube to rotate while still keeping the window resizing features activated (like in Linux Mint MATE).
I happily accept the decision that some time ago the community voted against Wobbly Windows in a poll. But I believe Wimpy was right in guessing that having it enabled would have made for a smoother and more impressive out-of-the-box experience for new users (despite the fact that many will get tired of them and turn them off). How about a default rotating cube instead for 16.10?