How to Replace Unity with Cinnamon on Ubuntu 13.04

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to completely remove Unity from Ubuntu 13.04 and install Cinnamon instead.

A lot of Ubuntu users run from Unity and choose the Gnome 2 alike Desktop Environments: Mate or Cinnamon.

OK, follow these instructions exactly for a successful installation.

Installing Cinnamon:

Add the repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

Update the local repository index:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install Cinnamon:

$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo

After the installation of Cinnamon is complete, reboot /log off and log back on and choose Cinnamon.

Making Nemo the default file manager:

$ xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
$ gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

Removing Unity and related:

This will remove all the Unity and related packages, but will keep LightDM and the default programs that come with Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge unity unity-common unity-services unity-lens-* unity-scope-* unity-webapps-* gnome-control-center-unity hud libunity-core-6* libunity-misc4 libunity-webapps* appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt* overlay-scrollbar* activity-log-manager-control-center firefox-globalmenu thunderbird-globalmenu libufe-xidgetter0 xul-ext-unity xul-ext-webaccounts webaccounts-extension-common xul-ext-websites-integration

These libraries will remain, because they are vital to the operating system:

  • gir1.2-unity-5.0
  • libunity-common
  • libunity-protocol
  • private0
  • libunity9
  • unity-asset-poo
  • unity-greeter

Removing Compiz:

Because Cinnamon uses Muffin as a window manager, we will remove Compiz:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove --purge compiz compiz-gnome compiz-plugins-default libcompizconfig0

Removing Nautilus:

Because we have already installed Nemo and set it as the default file manager, we can remove Nautilus also:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove --purge nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-sendto-empathy nautilus-share

Removing Zeitgeist:

$ zeitgeist-daemon --quit
$ sudo apt-get autoremove --purge activity-log-manager-common python-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub

Cleaning up the remaining configuration files, of the software we have already removed:

$ sudo rm /usr/lib/thunderbird-addons/extensions/ ~/.local/share/unity-webapps ~/.compiz ~/.config/compiz-1 ~/.config/nautilus ~/.local/share/nautilus ~/.local/share/zeitgeist

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7 comments on “How to Replace Unity with Cinnamon on Ubuntu 13.04
  1. airilsra says:

    Nice articel man, thanks. Looking for it.

  2. qwertyMan says:

    i think that it is sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

  3. jay says:

    Great article, thank you. Seems to work with 13.10 as well.

    I would add only -rf to that last command, for Cleaning up the remaining configuration files, of the software we have already removed

  4. EvilSupahFly says:

    Will this meathod still work if I upgrade to Trusty? Or will this break Trusty?

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