Cinnamon desktop environment has reached the new massive 3.4 release a few days ago. Though there’s no official announcement published on Linux Mint blog at the moment of writing, you can now install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 via PPA.
Cinnamon 3.4.0 brings over 160 changes, and here are some of them:
- The settings daemon is split into multiple processes. Make it easy to identify excessive CPU or memory usage and isolating crashes to only affect a particular plugin.
- Nemo is split into two separate processes. One for the desktop icons, and one for the file manager windows.
- Added “Run now” button in the settings’ module for managing startup applications
- Support for configuring the LightDM login manager in Cinnamon Settings.
- New Cinnamon Settings option for configuration acceleration and sensitivity of the mouse.
- Cinnamon is now capable of adapting to the multi-process CSD.
See the full changelog for details.
How to Install Cinnamon 3.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:
The unofficial PPA has just build the Cinnamon 3.4 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04.
1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon
Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.
2. Then update and install Cinnamon desktop via commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install cinnamon
After that, log out and select log in back with Cinnamon session.