How To Install Cinnamon 2.4 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Linux Mint 17

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Cinnamon is a fork of the Gnome 3 desktop environment, created by the Linux Mint developers.

The latest version available is Cinnamon 2.4, which has been recently released, coming with a big list of changes. Among others, some memory usage improvements have been added, the Super+E key combination now opens the user’s home dir, support for single-button touchpads has been implemented, actions for 2-finger and 3-finger clicks are configurable, the screensaver can now be personalized, the users being able to change the font and text color, the desktop font is now configurable, the theme and background settings has been redesigned, support for background slideshows has been implemented and the colors of the folder icons can now be changed.

Also worth mentioning, Cinnamon 2.4 will be used by default on Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, scheduled for release on November 2014 and on LMDE 2 Betsy, which will be released in 2015.

In this article I will show you how to install Cinnamon 2.4 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana and derivative systems.

Follow the instructions for your system and architecture exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

For Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, we have to add the Cinnamon Nightly PPA to our system, update the local repository index and install the cinnamon package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon

To revert the changes, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove cinnamon
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
$ sudo apt-get update

To install Cinnamon 2.4 on Linux Mint 17, we have to add the Romeo (Backports) repository, update the local repository index and install the cinnamon package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com qiana romeo"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon

To revert the changes, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove cinnamon
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo add-apt-repository -r "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com qiana romeo"
$ sudo apt-get update

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