January 18, 2012 · General · Email This Post

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With Gnome 2 no longer an option we lost one of the most important upstream components our Linux Mint desktop was based on. Our entire focus shifted from innovating on the desktop, to patching existing alternatives such as Gnome Shell. We used MATE and MGSE to provide an easier transition away from Gnome 2, but without being able to truly offer an alternative that was better than Gnome 2. Both MATE and Gnome Shell are promising projects but MATE’s ultimate goal is to replicate Gnome 2 using GTK+ and Gnome Shell doesn’t provide what we need in a desktop and is going in a direction we do not want to follow. So for these reasons we’re designing a new desktop called Cinnamon, which leverages new technology and implements our vision.

Under the hood Cinnamon is forked from Gnome Shell and based on Mutter and Gnome 3. It’s already available for Linux Mint 12, Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16, OpenSUSE 12.1 and Arch Linux and will soon make its way (along with MGSE and MATE) to LMDE when Gnome 3.2 enters Debian Testing.
The latest release, Cinnamon 1.1.3, brings stability and improvements to what has already become our favorite desktop. Going forward, Cinnamon will gain themes, extensions and a control center. It will likely replace Gnome Shell / MGSE as the main desktop in Linux Mint, and we will continue to support MATE (which goal and technology are different but which is also getting better and better by the day).

A few cool things already in Cinnamon

One unique bottom panel which you can auto-hide (and which location will be configurable in the future)
Window list, “show desktop” button, systray icons and all the features introduced in MGSE
A menu featuring the same layout as mintMenu, with options to add applications to favorites, to the desktop or to the panel
Custom panel launchers
A sound applet which lets you launch and control your music, and switch your sound from your speakers to your headphones and vice-versa.

Install cinnamon in ubuntu 12.04/11.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:merlwiz79/cinnamon-ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon cinnamon-session cinnamon-settings

Once you installed you need to logout and select cinnamon

After logging in you should see similar to the following screens




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5 Comments to “Install cinnamon in ubuntu using PPA”

  1. Bill says:

    Can you add a bottom panel to the mix like 10.04? thanks

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  2. fossfreedom says:

    … that is the gnome-classic desktop – not the cinnamon desktop!

    See this AskUbuntu! Q&A: http://askubuntu.com/questions/94201/how-do-i-install-the-cinnamon-desktop

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    Francois Botha Reply:

    I also got the Gnome Classic desktop even when I selected Cinnamon. After I installed my NVidia drivers Cinnamon loaded as it should, so I suspect there’s some dependency on the graphics card support.

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    fossfreedom Reply:

    correct – since its a gnome-shell fork – you will need to meet the same graphical requirements as gnome-shell.

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  3. mindbender9 says:

    Any ideas on how to install Cinnamon in a VNC session?

    I can’t load it in my xstartup file even though I have it installed as my default desktop

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