How to Install Cinnamon 1.8 on ubuntu 13.04

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Cinnamon is a user interface. It is a fork of GNOME Shell, initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. It attempts to provide a more traditional user environment based on the desktop metaphor, like GNOME 2. Cinnamon uses Muffin, a fork of the GNOME 3 window manager Mutter, as its window manager from Cinnamon 1.2 onwards

What is new in version 1.8

File Manager

Nemo received a lot of attention. Its user interface was heavily modified and its behavior was adapted to integrate better with Cinnamon.You can now easily hide the sidebar and switch back and forth between places and treeview. Under each place, if applicable, a small bar indicates how much space is used.

Screensaver

Cinnamon now features its own screensaver. One of its particularities is that you can define an away message before locking up your screen.

Control Center

All configuration modules are now present in Cinnamon Settings. You no longer need to use Gnome Control Center.

Desklets

KDE calls them Plasmoids, Android calls them Widgets, in Cinnamon they’re called “Desklets”. The same way you can add applets to your panel, you can add desklets to your desktop.

Spices Management

In Cinnamon 1.8 you can install “spices” (i.e. applets, desklets, themes, extensions) straight from your desktop.

New features for developers

Settings API for Applets/Desklets

If you’re an Applet/Desklet developer, don’t use gsettings anymore. Cinnamon 1.8 features a settings API which will do all the work for you.

It will set up your settings and default values for you, automatically.
It will allow you to access your settings just as easily as you access values in an array.
It will generate a configuration screen for you, automatically.

Install Install Cinnamon 1.8 on ubuntu 13.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo

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16 thoughts on “How to Install Cinnamon 1.8 on ubuntu 13.04

  1. Mint guys should be praised just because they made Nautilus usable again (Nemo).
    Add Cairo-dock and you get the perfect desktop.

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    Pieter Reply:

    absolutely! i got the glx dock version running to the left side of the screen; always visible, fixed but with LM colour scheme…so it actually blends in with the rest…it’s beautiful…*sigh*

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  2. In raring, you doesnt have to add ppa!
    just run this command:
    sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo
    that’s it! :D

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    jkaart Reply:

    Yes, but it’s old 1.7.4 version!

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  3. Followed these and now have a locked cinnamon that won’t let me try new themes. Is this as it should be? How do I get rid of that 55;($&7/2!!! padlock. Clearly I’m a zero experience Linux anything user.

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  4. This doesn’t work. I have rebooted but I keep getting back in Unity, not Cinnamon. Where can I find that Select Desktop Environment screen as posted above?

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    Steve Reply:

    all you gotta do is log out when u boot into ubuntu. then choose your environment from the log in screen.

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    James Reply:

    First, log out. Then click on the ubuntu symbol next to your username. That should take you to the desktop selection menu shown in the picture above. If not, it may not have installed properly. Hope that helps!

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    Mike Reply:

    duh, you have to select it from the login screen. it doesnt just boot into cinnamon on its own.

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  5. Getting this error:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    cinnamon : Depends: libgjs0-libmozjs185-1.0
    Recommends: cinnamon-screensaver but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: gir1.2-gjsdbus-1.0 but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

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    kurt Reply:

    sudo aptitude install cinnamon nemo cinnamon-screensaver gir1.2-gjsdbus-1.0

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  6. I get this error and i can’t install them manualy also … , What should i do?

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    cinnamon : Depends: gjs (>= 1.29.18) but it is not installable
    Depends: libgjs0-libmozjs185-1.0 but it is not installable
    Depends: libgjs0c (>= 1.34.0) but it is not installable
    Depends: libmozjs185-1.0 (>= 1.8.5-1.0.0+dfsg) but it is not installable
    Depends: caribou but it is not installable
    Depends: mesa-utils but it is not installable
    Depends: gnome-panel but it is not installable or
    tint2 but it is not installable
    Recommends: gnome-themes-standard but it is not installable
    Recommends: nemo but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: cinnamon-screensaver but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: gir1.2-gjsdbus-1.0 but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

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  7. Well I have just installed Cinnamon as described above. Platform is Toshiba Laptop with Ubuntu 13.04. Afer installation, all it does is crash when I set it as my default desktop and login. Why is it that Ubuntu installs are always so cumbersome compared to Windows?
    I see parts of the new graphical items in the righthand top corner, but most of the desktop is just black. Any help appreciated!

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