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Cinnamon 2.6 Released With New Features & Changes, Install In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid/14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/other related derivatives

Cinnamon 2.6 Released With New Features & Changes, Install In Ubuntu 15.04

Cinnamon 2.6 has been officially released with many interesting changes and improvements. Cinnamon 2.6 will be used in Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” that is planned to be released at the end of June. In this article, I’m going to review this release and tell you how you can install it on Ubuntu or derivatives. I hope you will like to use it. One more thing, when you use it please give your feedback.

What’s New In Cinnamon 2.6?

Cinnamon 2.6 has received some great changes that make it more stable and easier. So now let’s get started without wasting any more time.

  • Desktop freezes

In the earlier version, some users might have faced desktop freeze issues that made users terminate the session. But now whenever cinnamon freezes you can restart cinnamon without losing any work. Unlike before you had to press Ctrl + Alt + Backspace which terminates the session and cancel all of your work. But now you can restart Cinnamon with default assigned shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + Escape and that restarts the whole session and your session is exactly the same as it was.

  • logind

You no longer need to recompile Cinnamon to choose between consolekit and logind support. This is done in gsettings and you can decide which relevant Cinnamon components use which session/power-management backend:

  • Set org.cinnamon.desktop.session session-manager-uses-logind to true to make Cinnamon rely on logind to restart/shutdown/suspend/hibernate the computer from the shutdown dialog, or to false to restart/shutdown the computer via consolekit and suspend/hibernate via upower.
  • Set org.cinnamon.desktop.session settings-daemon-uses-logind in a similar fashion to control suspending/hibernating on idle or via multimedia keys.
  • Set org.cinnamon.desktop.session screensaver-uses-logind to true to make the screensaver listen to logind, or to false to make it listen to consolekit.

 

  • Multi-Monitor Support

Support for multiple monitors was improved. Better window list actions and new keybindings allow you to move windows to other monitors (Super+Shift with arrow keys by default). But the most significant improvement is that you can now have multiple panels and place them across multiple monitors.

Applets are better than before at running multiple instances of themselves and some of them got smarter to accommodate multi-monitor/multi-panel setups. For instance, a window list applet won’t show you windows from another monitor if that monitor has a panel with its own window list.

  • Panels & Applets Improvements
  • Panels

Panels can now be added/removed/configured individually and moved to different positions across one or multiple monitors.

  • Applets

A new “inhibit” applet was introduced which allows you to quickly turn notifications off or to disable power management. This applet is handy when performing presentations, to prevent unwanted notifications to pop up, to prevent the screen from dimming brightness or the screen to get locked.  You no longer need to modify your power settings, you can just temporarily disable all that.

Cinnamon 2.6 Screenshots

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Cinnnamon 2.6.x released

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Cinnamon 2.6 released with new features

cinnamon new version 2.6 with new features

Warning: If you have installed any Linux Mint application, first of all remove that application(s) and PPA from your system. If you added Noobslab’s Mint PPA first remove it with this command –

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:noobslab/mint

To install Cinnamon 2.6 in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid/14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/other related derivative systems, open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands in the Terminal:

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

$ sudo apt-get install cinnamon

How To Install Cinnamon 2.6.x In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid/14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/other related derivatives?

  • Since this is nightly PPA after installation disables this PPA from your system.
$ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
  • To uninstall Cinnamon, enter these commands in Terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
Thanks to Noobslab


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