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cinnamon 1.6
Workspaces can be named in Cinnamon 1.6

Cinnamon, the GNOME Shell fork used by default in Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon Edition), has reached version 1.6, getting many new features: a new 2D session, workspace OSD, new applets and lots more!

Major changes in Cinnamon 1.6:
  • Cinnamon 2D session (uses software rendering)
  • Workspace OSD: you can now name the workspaces (which are persistent in Cinnamon)
  • ALT + Tab improvements: you can now use thumbnails or previews
  • Improved sound applet: larger album cover, mute buttons for speakers and microphone and more
  • Grid View in Expo
  • The panel is fully customizable: options to configure auto-hide delay and the panel height have been added to Cinnamon Settings.
  • many other improvements and bug fixes

cinnamon 1.6
ALT + Tab with window thumbnails

In my test, the Cinnamon 2D session was very slow, even though my computer is pretty fast, so it seems this feature isn't ready yet. And in fact, in the Cinnamon 1.6 release notes it's mentioned that Cinnamon 2D is used to "troubleshoot compatibility problems with Cinnamon", so it doesn't look like it's intended for everyday use just yet.

There are also some new applets in the latest Cinnamon 1.6:
  • window quick-list: lists all open windows across workspaces
  • brightness applet
  • notifications applet: like the "Recent Notifications" appindicator, this Cinnamon applet keeps a history of desktop notifications so you never miss important notifications again. 

cinnamon 1.6
The new notifications applet
cinnamon desktop 1.6
Improved sound applet
cinnamon desktop 1.6
Nemo file manager
Also, Nemo, the Nautilus 3.4.2 fork has been integrated with Cinnamon, replacing Nautilus. This of course doesn't mean you can't use Nautilus or other file managers if you want to, but by default, Cinnamon will use Nemo (e.g. for drawing the desktop, etc.).

Want to see the latest Cinnamon 1.6 in action? Check out the video below:

(direct video link)

Get Cinnamon

To install Cinnnamon 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04, you can use the Cinnamon stable PPA which has just been updated with the latest Cinnamon:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Once installed, log out and select Cinnamon in the GDM / LightDM / MDM login screen.

For other Linux distributions, see the Cinnamon download page.