How to install cinnamon desktop environment in ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)

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Cinnamon is a GTK+ 3.6-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint.

Cinnamon 2.0 was released on 10 October 2013. From this version, Cinnamon is no longer a frontend ontop of the GNOME desktop like Unity or GNOME Shell, but "an entire desktop environment". Cinnamon is still built on GNOME technologies and uses GTK+, but it no longer requires GNOME itself to be installed. Biggest changes in this release are improved edge-tiling, improved user management, configurable individual sound effects and performance improvements for full screen applications.

Install Cinnamon 2.0.12 on ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.10

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

This will install 2.0.12 and it works with ubuntu 13.10 without breaking unity





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4 Responses

  1. Ruben says:


    Don’t forget to install:


  2. Jean-Francois Messier says:

    Will this help me inrestoring the functionality for remote desktop, be it NX/FreeNX or xRDP ? I have been experiencing more and more problems as Unity was evolving, same with Gnome 3. I have several Ubuntu boxes that are running virtual, but that I have hard time accessing with a desktop.

  3. Melroy van den Berg says:

    What about just using SSH?

  4. not me says:


    I wonder what other recommends should be here

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