Get Cinnamon Gnome Shell Fork With Classic Gnome Panel & Launcher

Cinnamon is a Gnome fork, that is meant to redefine user interactions with the GNOME desktop. It has a Gnome 2 like minimalist look and offers a new model for launching applications, accessing documents, and organizing active windows within GNOME. Cinnamon is intended to replace functions handled by the GNOME Panel and the window manager and has rich visual effects enabled by new graphical technologies. Recently, version 1.1.3 for Cinnamon was released. This release features numerous fixes and shell improvements. The new version comes with some of the old Linux Mint menu features  and the first batch of configuration options. You can use Cinnamon to define your favorite apps, your panel launchers, how you would like to name your menu and more.

To install Cinnamon, simply download and install the Deb package from the developer’s website, (link given at the end of this post). Make sure that you download and install both the Cinnamon package and the login session. Other than Deb packages of Ubuntu users, Cinnamon is also available for a number of other Linux distributions, including Fedora, LinuxMint12, OpenSuse and ArchLinux.


Once installed, login with the Cinnamon session.

Cinnamon Session

Cinnamon 1.1.3 has come with the following changes:

Menu improvements:

  • The search is no longer cleared when the menu is closed
  • Clearing the search entry simply resets the search results
  • Right-click menu for applications and favorites to “Add to panel”, “Add to desktop”, “Add or Remove to or from favorites”

Panel Launchers improvements:

  • Custom launchers no longer appear in the menu and are stored separately
  • Application launchers can be added via right-click menu on applications in the menu and by selecting “Add to panel”
  • The Panel Launchers applet refreshes automatically when launchers are added or removed

Cinnamon Launchers

Visual improvements:

  • The space between panel applets has been reduced to 4px
  • The menu look has been improved with less margins, merged buttons with favorites and other changes.
  • The notifications have been moved and do not appear on top of window buttons, when a window is to be maximized
  • Thumbnails from theme.json files in Gnome Shell themes are (now) used
  • The dialog for adding custom launchers has been improved
  • Panel Launchers have been given tooltips

Network Manager Applet improvements:

  • Switching Ethernet off, now disconnects the device
  • Switching Wireless off, now disconnects the device

New configuration options:

  • The menu text has become configurable via G settings
  • The panel can now be auto-hidden, however, this feature is turned off by default and available via G settings

Cinnamon Desktop

Other Changes

  • Cinnamon doesn’t crash anymore when a theme is unreadable due to permission issues
  • Themes placed in ~/.themes are now detected
  • A number of bug fixes and other changes have also been introduced

You can download Cinnamon for Ubuntu, Fedora OpenSuse, ArchLinux and LinuxMint12 from the link given below.

Download Cinnamon [Cinnamon and Cinnamon Session]

[via Ubuntu Sharing]