Cinnamon 2.6 Released : Here’s What’s New

Cinnamon 2.6, the latest version of cinnamon desktop environment has been released and announced few week ago by linux Mint Developer (Clement Lefebvre) via Linux Mint Segfault blog and it will become as main desktop for upcomming Linux mint 17.2 rafaela will be released end of June, 2015.

Cinnamon 2.6 - System monitor

The biggest changes of the release has to be the optimisations made to the system to increase boot times for some users and that reduce the CPU usage by up to a staggering 40%. If you get cinnamon desktop freezes, just press the combination key Ctrl+Alt+Escape to restart cinnamon desktop without lose any work and all your windows and applications remain open.

Cinnamon 2.6 - modify panel

The support for multiple monitors has been enhanced such as better window list actions and new key bindings which allow user to move windows to other monitors (Super+Shift with arrow keys). In addition, Starting from Cinnamon 2.6 user will be able to add panels to every monitor and configure them each individually. There’s a new “Modify panel..” quick menu when you right click on a panel.

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Cinnamon 2.6 - system settings

The system setting get new look, layout and transitions.[/column]

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Cinnamon 2.6 - Intelligently hide panel

The “intelligently hide panel” added in the panel setting[/column]

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Cinnamon 2.6 - Window Effect

The window effects settings were simplified and cool new effects were introduced[/column]

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Cinnamon 2.6 - Cinnamon-screensaver

Cinnamon-Screensaver now suppor for XscreenSaver and HTML5 screensaver.[/column]

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Cinnamon 2.6 - Power manager

The Power management, brightness and batteries merged together in power manager applet[/column]

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Cinnamon 2.6 - Plugin Manager

The nemo file manager get new feature called “Plugin manager”, which allowing to enable/disable nemo Actions, Scripts and extentions[/column]

The following is video covering new features and changes the latest version of Cinnamon 2.6. The video originally created by Linux Scoop – Thanks to Linux Scoop for made this video.

For more details about cinnamon 2.6. features and changes, you can refer to page cinnamon 2.6 release notes

How to install Cinnamon in Linux Mint 17.1, LMDE 2, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and Derivatives

In order to install the latest version of Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment in Linux Mint 17.1, and LMDE 2. You need to add the Romeo repository.

For Linux Mint 17.1

sudo add-apt-repository "deb rebecca romeo"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

For Linux LMDE 2

sudo add-apt-repository "deb betsy romeo"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

To install Cinnamon 2.6 in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and Derivatives, add the ppa:moorkai/cinnamon on your ubuntu system. This ppa contain the cinnamon 2.6 stable version. So, you can install it by typing the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moorkai/cinnamon
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

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