Cinnamon 2.6 Will Bring Systemd Support And Panel Support For Multiple Monitors, Among Others

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Linux Mint developers have been focused a lot on developing Cinnamon, their GNOME 2-like desktop environment since they decided to base their Linux Mint systems only on the Ubuntu LTS systems.

While Cinnamon 2.4 was released with a lot of important changes, Cinnamon 2.6 bring even more exciting changes. Among others, it will have full systemd support, panel support for multiple monitors will be added, support for client-side-decorated windows will be implemented and the users will be able to switch and add search provides easily.

A few notes, from the official announcement:

  • I encourage applet developers to evaluate their code, and set a max-instances in their metadata.json file if they are confident their applet is multiple-instance-safe. We’ve also added an ‘infinite’ option for that key – instead of setting a randomly high number, just set max-instances to ‘infinite’ and there will be no limit on the number of instances allowed.
  • There is a new option in Panel settings that removes the artificial barrier normally created at either end of a panel – it allows you to mouse up against an end without ‘falling off’ into the next monitor. With the ability to have two adjacent panels now, it might be desirable to be able to easily move from one panel to the next without having to detour. One warning: If you have monitors of different height resolutions, you will still end up with a barrier of sorts on the bottom edge of the larger monitor. Monitors are normally mapped out with their upper edges aligned – so the height disparity creates a ledge. We don’t have plans to address this for now, but will consider it depending on the feedback we receive.
  • You have the ability to copy a panel’s applets from one panel to another. However, the applet’s own configuration will not be copied in this process – you will have to configure this new instance. A workaround is to go into the configuration for the existing instance, and in the menu you can export your settings, then import them into the new instance.
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