As you may know, Linux Mint is probably the most popular Ubuntu derivative system (along with Elementary OS) and is very appreciated for its Cinnamon and Mate desktop environments. Only the first is developed by Linux Mint, but Mate is also one of the system’s main DEs. The Linux Mint team has decided to adopt only the Ubuntu LTS systems code-base and to focus more on developing Linux Mint specific apps and improving both Cinnamon and Mate.
Cinnamon 2.6, developed by the Linux Mint Team, has reached feature-freeze, while the stable version should be released by the end of the month.
The main features of Cinnamon 2.6 are support for systemd support for the new GTK headerbar has been implemented, and the panel now supports multiple monitors.
This is what Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the Linux Mint project has announced:
“Cinnamon 2.6 reached feature-freeze. Its stable release is planned for the end of this month. It could adopt the 2.6 labels early and get into the Romeo repositories for Rebecca and Betsy though. The MATE 1.10 release is just around the corner. Upstream, only a few components are yet to be labeled 1.10. Packaging for Betsy and Rafaela started and is 57% complete,”
To install Cinnamon 2.6 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, we have to use the Cinnamon Nightly PPA, because the two third party Cinnamon PPAs did not get updated yet. So, add the repository to your system:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
Update the local repositories and install the cinnamon package:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Optional, if you are not pleased by Cinnamon 2.6 and want to remove it, the easiest way to do it is via PPA-purge:
$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly