How to install Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu

Are you a Ubuntu user fed up with Gnome? or just fancy a change? Thankfully you can install the Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu. Desktop Environments in Linux are easily interchangeable. There are plenty of options out there for something different. If your looking for an easy to use and modern GTK based desktop. Cinnamon is highly recommended. Here’s how to install Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu bionic/disco.

Why not just use Mint?

Surely, you would. I recently came across a case where I needed to Install Linux on a Windows 10 tablet and also a separate 2 in 1 convertible. The owner was a Linux Mint user, however, touch support and rotation set up was poor in comparison to Ubuntu where it worked out of the box. The user didn’t like or couldn’t get to grips with Gnome shell. Therefore the solution was to install an Ubuntu base with cinnamon on top.

What is Cinnamon desktop?

Cinnamon is a Gnome 3 derivative developed as the primary desktop environment for Linux Mint. It follows a more traditional desktop along the lines of Gnome 2. The Mint developers forked several Gnome Shell components and applications. By 2013 Cinnamon had firmly distinguished itself as a separate independent desktop. No Longer relying on Gnome 3 underneath. It has received positive coverage for its ease of use, configuration and gentle learning curve.

Various distributions provide spins with Cinnamon installed as the default environment such as Linux Mint, Fedora, Manjaro and Debian. Ubuntu, however, doesn’t.

How to Install Cinnamon Desktop in Ubuntu

Firstly we need to add the Cinnamon PPA. Packages are available for Ubuntu bionic 18.04 and disco 19.04

open a terminal window through your application menu or with ctrl+t. Then enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Finally, install the required packages with

sudo apt install cinnamon

Log in to Cinnamon

Log out of your current desktop, back to the Gnome display manager login screen.

Click the gear icon and select cinnamon.

GDM Logging into Cinnamon

Continue to log in as normal and you will be greeted with your new Cinnamon Desktop.

Are you a cinnamon user? What features do you find Gnome Shell is missing that cinnamon caters for? Let us know in the comments.




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