The Cinnamon Stable PPA Has Been Disabled, But Cinnamon 2.2.0 Can Still Be Installed On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Hello Linux Geeksters. The Linux Mint developers have decided to delete the Cinnamon Stable PPA from LaunchPad, so Cinnamon (stable) is not available for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr anymore. This decision has been taken due to the fact that the old GNOME packages will be removed from the Ubuntu repositories and so, installing Cinnamon on Ubuntu will be very difficult, if not impossible.

As you may know, Cinnamon is a GNOME Shell fork, created by the Linux Mint, in order to provide an alternative for the good old GNOME2. The latest version is Cinnamon 2.2.0 (used by default on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon), which brings changes to the previous version. For information about it, see this article.

For now, Cinnamon 2.2.0 can still be installed on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr via either the Linux Mint repositories or the Cinnamon Nightly PPA (that contains only under development versions of Cinnamon).

Method 1: How to install Cinnamon 2.2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04, via the Linux Mint repository:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ qiana main upstream import" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Reboot the system and choose Cinnamon from the LightDM greeter:

$ sudo reboot

If the first method fails, use the Cinnamon Nightly PPA, but this may break you system, due to the fact that the Cinnamon version there is not stable.

Method 2: How to install Cinnamon 2.2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04, via the Cinnamon Nightly PPA:

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

Reboot the system and choose Cinnamon from the LightDM greeter:

$ sudo reboot

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One comment on “The Cinnamon Stable PPA Has Been Disabled, But Cinnamon 2.2.0 Can Still Be Installed On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
  1. Chris says:

    Thanks, Geekster. Very useful!

    I did have to execute one additional step, after the initial echo command:
    * sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys
    3EE67F3D0FF405B2

    That’s the key that apt-get update failed on. If anyone tries this and sees failures due to other missing keys, you should be able to get them from keyserver.ubuntu.com the same way.

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