Cinnamon, the default desktop environment of Linux Mint has reached stable version 2.4. If you want to try Cinnamon desktop environment in Ubuntu, you can do so by installing it via a PPA. It worked work very well in my testing and I did not notice any issue. Let’s see how to install Cinnamon 2.4 in Ubuntu 14.04.
Install Cinnamon 2.4 in Ubuntu 14.04
Before you proceed, remember to remove Nemo file manager, if you are already using it, else it will result in conflict after installing Cinnamon. Open a terminal and use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsvetko.tsvetkov/cinnamon sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Once installed, log out the session and switch to Cinnamon like this:
You can switch between Unity and Cinnamon (or any other desktop environment for that matter) in the same way:
If you are wondering, I used this method to take screenshot of login screen in Ubuntu. Here is a screenshot of how Cinnamon 2.4 looks like in Ubuntu 14.04.
How to uninstall Cinnamon from Ubuntu 14.04
If you do not like Cinnamon, perhaps you would like to get rid of it instead of keeping it unnecessary. To uninstall Cinnamon from Ubuntu 14.04, use the following commands in terminal:
sudo apt-get purge cinnamon* nemo-* cjs muffin* python-nemo sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tsvetko_tsvetkov-cinnamon*.list sudo apt-get update
This quick post shall help you to install Cinnamon desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04. If you like to experiment with desktop environment, you should also try to install Mate desktop in Ubuntu.
If you face any issues with Cinnamon and Unity combination, feel free to drop a comment.