Installing Cinnamon as alternative of Unity in Precise Pangolin 12.04

Unity v. Gnome 3 v. Cinnamon

Cinnamon at workUbuntu without Unity

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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Alternatives for Unity in Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS

Installing Cinnamon.

We all know unity sucks. This part is already dealt with here. Now one option is to install Gnome 3. which is dealt with here. Another option is to install Cinnamon. It is a standard Desktop environment supported by LinuxMint. Cinnamon is based on Gnome 3.4 but it uses a task bar like interface instead of Gnome Head-On-Display. It is stable and it works fine. At least worth trying once. To install it open terminal and type following command to install PPA repository

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

(Say yes at next question. Please note the 'stable'. There is an option to add Nightly version but those are unstable.)

Now update the system with following command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the Cinnamon by typing following command:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Choose Cinnamon at next startup. It will boot into Cinnamon. Happy computing Linux. Never give up.

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