|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
|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.
|The new notifications applet|
|Improved sound applet|
|Nemo file manager|
Want to see the latest Cinnamon 1.6 in action? Check out the video below:
(direct video link)
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:
Once installed, log out and select Cinnamon in the GDM / LightDM / MDM login screen.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon
For other Linux distributions, see the Cinnamon download page.