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How to install Linux Mint’s Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu

full cinnamon desktop

full cinnamon desktop

Recently Linux Mint’s developer team released Cinnamon for Linux Mint 13 which is the new desktop environment, it follows the layout of traditional desktops. If you want to try out Cinnamon but you don’t have Linux Mint installed on your system and you are using Ubuntu instead, then you can use the method given below to install it on your Ubuntu machine.

Cinnamon is available in a PPA (personal package archive) for Ubuntu. First of all open the terminal and run the following command:

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:merlwiz79/cinnamon-ppa


ubuntu terminal

Press Enter when it prompts you. After that update the available packages list by running the command given below:

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get update

Now you can install Cinnamon with this command:

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon cinnamon-session cinnamon-settings

Press Y and Enter when it prompts you.

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If you are not using Ubuntu then you can go to Cinnamon’s official page to find instructions on how to install cinnamon on your distribution.

Starting Cinnamon

Installing Cinnamon will not replace your default Ubuntu desktop environment. It will just add an option of Cinnamon at your login screen. To enable Cinnamon log out from your current session and from the login screen select Cinnamon and log back in.

starting cinnamon

What you see now is Cinnamon. Start playing with it and check out its features.

set Cinnamon as the default desktop environment

If autologin is enabled in your system then every time the system gets rebooted it will come up with unity by default, then you will have to logout each time you want to switch back to Cinnamon. It will be better to make Cinnamon your default desktop environment, here’s how to do that.

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -s cinnamon

Removing global menu of Ubuntu

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You will see Ubuntu’s global menu bar is still there (at the top of the screen). If you want to remove it then run the command given below, log out and log back in:

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt

If you want to get it back then use the same command by replacing “remove” with “install”

chankey@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt

6 thoughts on “How to install Linux Mint’s Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu

  1. Peter

    I think you skipped over this, but how do you set Cinnamon as the default desktop environment, so that my computer boots directly into Cinnamon when I boot the computer. When I reboot, it defaults back to Unity. (I have autologin enabled).

  2. Peter

    I tried this command to get Cinnamon to persist as my default desktop environment:
    sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -s cinnamon

  3. Uwe

    when i try to install cinnamon – i get this:

    uwe@vm:~$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon-session cinnamon-settings
    Paketlisten werden gelesen… Fertig
    Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut
    Statusinformationen werden eingelesen… Fertig
    Hinweis: »cinnamon« wird an Stelle von »cinnamon-session« gewählt
    Hinweis: »cinnamon« wird an Stelle von »cinnamon-settings« gewählt
    Einige Pakete konnten nicht installiert werden. Das kann bedeuten, dass
    Sie eine unmögliche Situation angefordert haben oder, wenn Sie die
    Unstable-Distribution verwenden, dass einige erforderliche Pakete noch
    nicht erstellt wurden oder Incoming noch nicht verlassen haben.
    Die folgenden Informationen helfen Ihnen vielleicht, die Situation zu lösen:

    Die folgenden Pakete haben unerfüllte Abhängigkeiten:
    cinnamon : Hängt ab von: gir1.2-muffin-3.0 soll aber nicht installiert werden
    Hängt ab von: libcogl5 (>= 1.7.4) ist aber nicht installierbar
    Hängt ab von: libmuffin0 (>= 1.0.0-0ubuntu1~precise) soll aber nicht installiert werden
    Empfiehlt: gnome-themes-standard soll aber nicht installiert werden
    Empfiehlt: gnome-session-fallback soll aber nicht installiert werden
    E: Probleme können nicht korrigiert werden, Sie haben zurückgehaltene defekte Pakete.

  4. Oh, but I built muffin and Cinnamon on my Debian testing(wheezy), but lightdm can not start it.
    in addition, my hp presario v3000 with Nivida stuffs.
    any ideas here?

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