Unity v. Gnome 3 v. Cinnamon
The choices are so many that it is not easy to decide. For installing Gnome 3 check here. In my experience, the Linux Mint per say is somewhat slower than Precise Pangolin 12.04 with Cinnamon i.e. the same desktop used with Linux Mint. Therefore I decided to use Cinnamon directly on Precise Pangolin. This is how it is done:
Open terminal and run following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
Now update repository and install cinnamon:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
On next log in choose cinnamon session and it is done.
Another way of installing cinnamon:
For any reason the above does not work or latest 1.4 version of cinnamon is not available from repository .deb package can be downloaded and installed. The link to 64 bit package is here and 32 bit package is here.
In case of any problem in installing the .deb packages read: Install/uninstall .deb files.
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