Ready for a new Linux desktop? Meet Mint's 'Cinnamon'

A fork of the GNOME 3 shell, this new software is meant to add another intermediate option between GNOME 2 and GNOME 3.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux, linux mint

The GNOME project isn't interested in adding Mint's new features to GNOME Shell, Lefebvre noted. So, "our work on GNOME 3 does not influence the development of GNOME Shell, GNOME Shell isn't going in a direction that is suitable for us, and we're not interested in shipping GNOME Shell 'as is,' or in continuing with multiple hacks and extensions."

Of course, Linux Mint 12 also includes MATE--a GNOME 2.32 fork designed to preserve familiar GNOME 2 functionality--but Cinnamon will be different and will serve more as a complement to MATE, Lefebvre noted.

MATE "feels different and it provides different features," Lefebvre wrote. "Both desktops will appeal to different categories of users and so we're likely to support both."

Available for Testing

Targeting Linux Mint 13, the current alpha version of Cinnamon is built on a stable fork of GNOME Shell 3.2.1 along with features from MGSE. Version 1.0.0 is available for testing and is now in the Linux Mint 12 repository, according to Lefebvre. Cinnamon is also available on github.

With each move Linux Mint makes lately, I become more and more convinced that this project team has hit upon a winning approach. Choice is what it's going to be all about in 2012, I believe, and Cinnamon is yet another step in that direction.

"The one thing we want for Linux Mint 13 is a desktop people can use and say, 'this is better than GNOME 2'," Lefebvre said.

If you decide to take Cinnamon for a test drive, please leave your impressions in the comments.


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