As you probably know, the official Cinnamon Stable PPA was closed not so long ago, leaving Ubuntu users who want to use Cinnamon with three choices: build the packages from source, use the Cinnamon Nightly PPA or switch to Linux Mint.
|Cinnamon 2.2.13 in Ubuntu 14.04|
To make Cinnamon easier to install for Ubuntu users, a couple of new stable Cinnamon PPAs were created. The new PPAs aren't official but I've been following them for a while / tested them and I didn't encounter any issues, so I though I'd share them with you.
Before using these PPA, please read the following notes:
- if you're currently using Nemo with Unity patches from the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA or some other PPA which copies my modifications (and even if the PPA is enabled but you've removed Nemo), purge the PPA ("sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:webupd8team/nemo") before adding any Cinnamon PPA;
- don't add any Cinnamon PPAs if you're using Linux Mint!
Install Cinnamon stable in Ubuntu via PPA
If you use Ubuntu 12.04, use the second (B) PPA below. For Ubuntu 14.04, you can use any of the two PPAs below.
A. Install Cinnamon in Ubuntu by using Lester Carballo Pérez's PPA (Ubuntu 14.04 only).
Lester Carballo Pérez's PPA offers stable Cinnamon builds for Ubuntu 14.04 only. To add the PPA and install Cinnamon stable (version 2.2.13 at the time I'm writing this article; the PPA also provides all the required packages: cinnamon, cinnamon-screensaver, nemo, various nemo extensions, etc.) in Ubuntu 14.04, copy/paste the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lestcape/cinnamon sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon
B. Install Cinnamon in Ubuntu by using Tsvetko's PPA (Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 only!)
Tsvetko's stable Cinnamon PPA provides the latest Cinnamon for Ubuntu 14.04 (2.2.13) and Cinnamon 2.0.14 for Ubuntu 12.04 (that's because newer Cinnamon versions don't work in Ubuntu 12.04) as well as all the required packages like Nemo, cinnamon-screensaver, etc. To add the PPA and install Cinnamon stable in Ubuntu 14.04 or 12.04, copy/paste the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsvetko.tsvetkov/cinnamon sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Once installed, log out, select Cinnamon from the login screen session menu and log in. That's it.
How to completely remove Cinnamon
If for some reason you no longer want to use Cinnamon (which you've previously installed by using the PPAs above) and you want to completely remove it, follow the instructions below.
A. If you've used Lester Carballo Pérez's PPA, purge the PPA using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:lestcape/cinnamon
B. If you've used Tsvetko's PPA, purge the PPA using the commands below:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:tsvetko.tsvetkov/cinnamon
Then, regardless of what PPA you've used, completely remove Cinnamon and all its dependencies (Nemo, etc.) using the following commands:
sudo apt-get purge cinnamon* nemo nemo-data cjs muffin* python-nemo
(you can also use just "sudo apt-get purge cinnamon* nemo*" but that might also remove some Unity packages, etc., so it's safer to use my command above)