Is it possible to run mate-panel inside gnome-fallback mode? Unity is annoying and gnome-fallback is not real gnome 2, so it would be nice if I could combine mate and gnome-fallback.
I didn't have much luck adding gnome applets to the mate panel, here is what I'm using, on a mate-panel 1.4.0:
The mate-panel is from the mate-desktop.org repositories, mintmenu is installed locally, and Ubuntu version is from raring 13.04 repositories. Themes are from webupd8team ppa's.
I mainly use mate-session configured with compiz, although you can launch mate-panel in a gnome-session in either Unity or Gnome shell.
If you like to see for yourself you’d type mate-panel in the terminal and see how it works for you, but I don't know anybody who did an integration job between them. I ran it in all three environments, gnome-shell, gnome-fallback and unity, and you can use many mate applets in this panel, including mintmenu and window list, hardware temps, cpufreq, weather and more. You may want to use themes designed to look the same for both gtk2 and gtk3, such as Faience, since you'll be using for example caja and nautilus side by side. I personally like to use mate-panel with Compiz for the effects.