Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to Gnome 2. The underlying technology is forked from Gnome Shell. The emphasis is put on making users feel at home and providing them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience.
Install Arch User Repository.AUR from the
You will probably want to install alsoAUR and AUR.
At last you have to add this to your
exec ck-launch-session gnome-session-cinnamon
Cinnamon is quite easy to configure - a lot of the configuration that most people will want can be done graphically. Its usability can be customized with applets and extensions, and also it supports theming.
Configuring cinnamon is simple. Run any of the following commands:
cinnamon-settings cinnamon-settings panel cinnamon-settings calendar cinnamon-settings themes cinnamon-settings applets cinnamon-settings windows cinnamon-settings fonts cinnamon-settings hotcorner
and so on.
The difference between an applet and an extension is that an applet is basically an addition to a panel, whereas an extension can completely change the cinnamon experience and can do much more than an applet.
There are quite a few packages in the AUR (AUR package search for cinnamon). The process described here is a generic installation process.
Installing applets in cinnamon is relatively easy. First visit Cinnamon Applets to see all of the current applets. Download and extract the zip file for the desired applet, and extract to /.local/share/cinnamon/applets/ or /usr/share/cinnamon/applets Then run
to bring up the graphical applets manager.
The process is analogous for extensions, with the only difference being that directories titled "applets" can be changed to "extensions".
Creating Custom Applets/Themes
The official tutorial from Clement Lefebvre on creating an applet can be found here.
The official tutorial from Clement Lefebvre on creating a custom theme can be found here.