Cinnamon is a GTK+-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.
The latest release comes with an improved usability and performance, making it an even stronger candidate for your primary choice desktop environment.
New features include better desktop support, cleaner and immediate session output, desktop grid and a new separate process system for Nemo (your file manager) and the desktop system.
Also, a brand new site has been launched for Cinnamon Spices!
- Multi-process Settings Daemon (each plugin now runs in its own separate process)
- Cleaner session EXIT phase (this phase used to timeout after 1 seconds, it is now immediate)
- Desktop grid
- Separate processes for Nemo and the desktop handling
- Simpler date formats for last-modified column in list-view
- Wildcard support in file searches
- Desktop actions in panel launcher
- Ala Firefox support for middle-click and Ctrl key in Nemo navigation buttons to open new tabs
- Theming engine improvements for systray and margins
- Additional configuration options for the screensaver
- New list widget for spices settings
- More information shown in spices about dialogs
- Support for lightdm-settings and manage-systemd-units in System Settings
- File manager (inode/directory MIME handler) selection in Favorite Applications
- Better support for the configuration of mice acceleration and sensitivity
- Support for additional Wacom devices (in particular, devices with no erasers or with only one button)
Full release notes available here.
HowTo Install Cinnamon 3.4 on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/17.04 Zesty
Cinnamon is very easy to install, just open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following commands:
Now, simply logout and from the login screen, select Cinnamon as your desktop environment.
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