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Linux Mint 14 : with Mate Desktop

Linux Mint 14 released!

Linux Mint 14 (code named as Nadia) is released (check out official release notes). It’s based on Ubuntu 12.10, released last month, but unlike Ubuntu, it uses Mate as the default desktop environment (although other editions are also available e.g Cinnamon, KDE, XFCE etc). So if you’re a beginner – not comfortable with the Unity (the default desktop (on the top of Gnome 3)), then you must give it a try. Linux Mint is one of the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution, and it has gained a lot of popularity in last few months.

Linux Mint 14 : with Mate Desktop

What’s new in Linux Mint 14 – “Nadia” ?

Linux Mint 14 has lots of new features, bug fixes and performance improvements/tweaks, some of the important features are (full detailed info on this) –

  • solid and stable – MATE desktop
  • Cinnamon 1.6 (in Cinnamon edition, with lot of bug fixes)
  • Cool workspaces
  • Notifications applet
  • Windows quicklist
  • better sound applet
  • Nemo File Manager (in Cinnamon edition)

Cool workspaces in Linux Mint 14 (Cinnamon Edition)

cinnamon-workspaces - Linux Mint

Download Linux Mint 14

Download Linux Mint 14 (for 32 bit or 64 bit, with or without proprietary plugins/codecs)

New to Linux Mint ? you may want to read things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 (although it’s about Ubuntu 12.10 but most of the tips should also work fine, on Linux Mint 14)

cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

CoverFlow AltTab Extension for Cinnamon Desktop / Linux Mint

By default, switching windows doesn’t look COOL in Cinnamon / Linux Mint – it’s just the plain simple way. There is nothing wrong with that but if you want to try something new – to make it more cool or Fun :) then you should checkout some extensions available (freely) for Cinnamon Desktop.

CoverFlow AltTab : An Extension for Cinnamon

cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

it creates a Cover-flow effect while going through the open windows in Cinnamon Desktop, currently the packages are available for Linux Mint and Fedora (you may try mint package in Ubuntu but I’m not sure whether it works or not). The trigger key is Alt+Tab (for switching applications), Ctrl+Tab (to switch between the windows of an application) and Ctrl+Alt+Tab (same as first but it cycles through all the workspaces).

Enable The Extension

How to Install this Theme Extension in Cinnamon ?

  • Download The CoverFlow AltTab Extension
  • Extract the archive and inside the mint directory, you will find a directory called CoverflowAltTab@dmo60.de, just copy that directory to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions (You don’t need any root permission, do it a as a normal user)
  • Now, enable the theme from Cinnamon Settings -> Extensions
  • Then reload the Cinnamon. hit Alt+F2, type r and press Enter.
Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Unity vs Cinnamon

Unity is the default Desktop environment of Ubuntu 12.04 – Precise Pangolin, LTS (from the last few versions, before that GNOME was the default desktop). On the other hand, Cinnamon is the Default Desktop Environment of Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Cinnamon Edition (Linux Mint 13 also comes with other Desktop Environment such as MATE, KDE, XFCE etc).

Although, both Unity and Cinnamon is based on GNOME 3 but Cinnamon is more closer as it also uses Gnome Shell as its core. Cinnamon and Unity, both of the Desktop is available independently, so any one can try it in any other (supported) Linux distributions such as Fedora, Debian etc.

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Desktop Environments : Unity vs Cinnamon

1. Ease of use

Cinnamon is gaining more popularity because it’s GNOME 3 – with the feel and experience of GNOME 2. So most people, using GNOME 2 from years feel more comfortable with Cinnamon Desktop. Unity has also improved – but it’s certainly not so easy as Cinnamon, specially for Linux beginners.

2. Customization Options

Both are based on GNOME 3 so you can easily customize using some simple tools like Gnome Tweak Tool.

Cinnamon is more easily customizable because of the cool applications available such as Cinnamon Settings; you can customize a lot of things such as Themes, Panel, Fonts, Desktop/Window Effects, Extension etc in few clicks. You can also customize your panel (very similar to GNOME 2), using Panel Edit Mode.

Unity does have some simple tweak tool such as MyUnity but it doesn’t provide so many options, in such a user friendly way.

3. stability

Cinnamon entered into the market when users were looking for an alternative to Unity and Gnome Shell. So Cinnamon is a relatively new project as compare to Unity. Both have bugs – Cinnamon freezes sometimes while Unity panel behaves strangely (sometimes I can’t find the active apps on panel). After the continuous development cycles, Unity seems to be little more stable (in Ubuntu 12.04) and mature Desktop environment as compare to Cinnamon.

4. Productivity

Cinnamon follows the conventional style layout so obviously the users (specially the GNOME 2 users) feels more comfortable with Cinnamon. It is like a GNOME shell desktop with GNOME 2 style windows, panels and more. Expo view allows users to manage work-spaces in much easier way. Unity can also be made productive if you use the shortcuts and new features such as HUD, But Cinnamon does that by being more simple!

Conclusion : Cinnamon wins!

Now, VOTE for your favorite Desktop Environment and explain the reason with a comment!

<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/6478329/”>What’s Your Favorite ? Unity or Cinnamon</a>

expo effect in cinnamon

How to Install Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Cinnamon is a new Desktop, based on Gnome shell. It looks pretty cool and comes by default in Linux Mint 13 (maya) – Cinnamon edition. Cinnamon is recommended for specially the users who are not happy with Unity, the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) LTS, or the new version of GNOME – The GNOME Shell.

Although, Cinnamon is based on Gnome Shell, it’s easy to use and most importantly, it follows the conventional Desktop layout. So you can feel efficient with cinnamon in no time. It also has some nice suite of tools such as Cinnamon Settings that makes customization a lot easier for beginner users. Workspace management in Cinnamon is really great, with the nice expo effect.

cinnamon on ubuntu 12.04

For Ubuntu 12.04 Users, there are lot of desktop environment they can try but Cinnamon is probably the best option (at least for me, I love Cinnamon), even if you like Unity or Gnome Shell or KDE,  you must give Cinnamon a try – just for fun :)

Installing Cinnamon Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

Cinnamon 1.4 is the latest stable version available for Ubuntu 12.04, so first add the PPA, then update the repository and install it. Just open a terminal and execute the command(s) –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Expo View of Workspace (Ctrl+Alt+Up or move the mouse to hot corner(top-left))

expo effect in cinnamon

Cinnamon Desktop : with fully customizable panels/applets


Have Fun with the Cool Desktop :)

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Getting Started with Linux Mint 13 “Maya”

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Edition, but instead of using Unity as the default Desktop, Linux Mint uses MATE Desktop, although, It is also available with various other Desktop such as Cinnamon (A new Desktop based on Gnome Shell), KDE, XFCE etc.

Additionally, a lot of useful programs and codecs/libraries comes pre-installed in Linux Mint – so it makes Linux Mint 13, a very beginner friendly – GNU/Linux distribution.

This post is primarily written for those who are new to Linux Mint (probably most of them are windows losers users, who want to migrate from Windows to a Desktop friendly – GNU/Linux distribution (such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, OpenSuse etc)), so that they can easily start using Linux Mint for their common tasks such as Internet Surfing, watching Movies, Listening Songs, Creating Documents/Tables etc or the specific tasks such as programming, recording (audio/video productions), graphics designing etc depending on their need.

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

#1. Install Linux Mint 13 on Your Computer

Although, you can run Linux Mint using a live USB or DVD but it would be better if you install on your hard disk if you really want to enjoy the full experience of Linux Mint. You must pick up the right edition – Linux Mint 13 with MATE, Cinnamon, KDE or XFCE Desktop for the corresponding architecture (32 or 64 bit) and with the codecs of-course (although you can install that stuffs later but it will save your time).

MATE is the most stable desktop, Cinnamon is cool and a new desktop which looks very promising, but it’s under heavy development – so it may not be suitable for production environment. KDE is also cool and pretty stable, and you may like it if you are migrating from windows. XFCE is very fast and lightweight desktop, so it’s a decent option for you if you want a desktop that just works – pretty fast, without much fancy eye candy stuffs (although, you can still do such things in XFCE but it requires few extra steps).

Update! Added a screencast describing installation steps of Linux Mint 13 Maya Cinnamon edition.  It may help you in installing Linux Mint – on a custom partition – in parallel with your existing operating systems such as Windows 7, Mac OS X etc.

#2. Things to Do after installing Linux Mint 13

Although, Linux Mint 13 comes with codecs and libraries/plugins pre-installed but there are still a lot of things you are recommended to do, just after a fresh installation. I’ve already explained few things you must do after installing Linux Mint 13.

#3. Guide/Manual for Reference

For reference, you can use this free PDF as a reference for learning some cool stuffs. The pdf explains about Ubuntu 12.04 but most of tips work perfectly in Linux Mint too, because Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, just leave out the ubuntu specific things such as Unity.