Cinnamon is a new desktop environment, it’s forked from Gnome Shell and based on “Mutter” window manager and Gnome 3 desktop. Cinnamon desktop environment is developed by Linux Mint team. Finally Cinnamon desktop environment has reached a stable stage “Cinnamon 1.2”. So, Let’s check the what’s new in Cinnamon 1.2 and installation instruction in various Linux distributions.
Cinnamon 1.2 brings desktop effects and graphical user interface settings manager to easily customize your desktop elements and we will have a closer look to Cinnamon settings manager down below. Also Cinnamon become more stable and responsive even with enabling desktop effects, it works really good.
Cinnamon 1.2 Desktop Screenshot from Fedora 16 Verne
What’s New In Cinnamon 1.2
Desktop Layout: Ability to change the position of Cinnamon panel at the top or bottom of desktop or you can use panels at the top and bottom in the same time. “requires restart cinnamon”.
Auto hide the the panel.
Easily select between installed themes using the Cinnamon settings manager.
Enabling or disabling desktop effect and ability to customize the effect transitions.
Applets and extensions. Cinnamon 1.2 comes with 5 new applets “accessibility, recent documents, removable drives, trash, display settings applet”. Applets shows on the panel and you can activate or deactivate them using the cinnamon settings manager.
Better search method in cinnamon main menu. When you search for applications, the application categories become inactive in case you accidentally hovered the mouse cursor. Also by pressing enter after searching through the menu it will run the first application at the result menu.
Cinnamon now uses its own window manager (Muffin forks and replaces Mutter in Cinnamon 1.2).
Cinnamon is no longer compatible with Gnome Shell themes. It is possible however for a theme to define styles for both Gnome Shell and Cinnamon and to be compatible with both desktops.
Newly open windows are focused by default (instead of appearing in the back with an annoying “Your window is ready” notification)
Closing windows on an empty workspace no longer triggers the overview.
The overview was replaced by a desktop Scale plugin (similar to the old Compiz Scale). In future release, this plugin will be associated with CTRL+ALT+DOWN and a new Expo plugin will be mapped to CTRL+ALT+UP.
Bug fix galore (after this release, 130 issues were closed since the start of the project).
Cinnamon Settings Manager
After you change the layout option you have restart Cinnamon. Click ALT+F2 then type “r” without quotes to restart Cinnamon.
[How To]: Install Cinnamon 1.2
Linux Mint 12 Lisa
Cinnamon is already available on Mint local repository so you have to add additional repositories. You can install it by typing
sudo apt-get install cinnamon-session
Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
Cinnamon 1.2 is available to install using repository PPA