Cinnamon is a LinuxMint project, a fork of Gnome Shell. Cinnamon comes with a Gnome2-like panel at bottom, with classic menu, favourite apps, and system tray icons on it. Cinnamon also has Gnome Shell Activity icon on top-left with “Windows & Themes”.
Cinnamon just released 1.1.3 version few hours ago with improvements of menu, panel launcher, etc. See Cinnamon 1.1.3 release note
Download and install .deb packages of cinnamon and cinnamon-session on.
After that, log out and select Cinnamon session to log in.