Cinnamon Desktop 2.4 has been announced recently, which will be featured in Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” planned for the end of November and in LMDE 2 “Betsy” planned for Spring 2015.
According to the release note, the new Cinnamon Desktop brings below new features and improvements:
- Little improvements on memory usage and responsiveness to make your experience smoother and more enjoyable.
- Similar to Windows, “Super+e” now opens up the home directory.
- Single-button touchpads are now supported and actions for 2-finger and 3-finger clicks are configurable.
- Compositing in full-screen mode is now configurable and does not require to restart Cinnamon.
- The desktop font is now configurable.
- It is now possible to give the screensaver a custom date format, but also to change the font and the color of the text.
- Theme and Background Settings were completely redesigned, Background Slideshow supported.
- A “Slideshow” applet can be added to panel to control background slideshow.
- The Network Settings were rebased on GNOME’s latest configuration module.
- Add Notification and Privacy Settings.
- Nemo now allows quick customization of folder icons with folder-color-switcher.
For details, see the official release note.
Install / Upgrade to Cinnamon in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:
NOTE that Cinnamon 2.4 is released a month earlier than Linux Mint 17.1 for the specific purpose to squash new bugs and to gather feedback. So there’ll be bugs.
[ac-box style=”tip”]Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon final release is out! Ubuntu 14.04 user can install Cinnamon 2.4 stable from an unofficial PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lestcape/cinnamon sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon
To help test the new desktop, you can follow below steps to install or upgrade to Cinnamon 2.4 from a nightly build PPA:
For Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, run commands below one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install cinnamon
(Optional) To remove it, run:
sudo apt-get remove cinnamon && sudo apt-get autoremove sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly && sudo apt-get update
For Linux Mint 17, do:
- Launch Menu->Administration->”Software Sources”.
- Tick the option “Unstable Packages (Romeo)”.
- Carefully read the warning in the dialog that pops up and click “Yes” if appropriate.
- Launch the Update Manager and click on “Refresh”.
- If a new mintupdate version is shown, apply it.
- Apply all updates related to Cinnamon (sort by version, 2.4.0 or 2.4.1, or by update type since they all come from Romeo).