Cinnamon

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This article covers basic installation procedures and configuration methods in Cinnamon.
Related
GNOME: GNOME is the framework that Cinnamon is based on.
MATE: Another fork of GNOME that is geared towards a GNOME 2 experience.

Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to GNOME 2; however, the underlying technology was 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.

Installation

Cinnamon can be installed with the package cinnamon, available in the official repositories.

Note: Previously, cinnamon-extensions-gitAUR and cinnamon-themes-gitAUR were used to install some themes and extensions, but they are now deprecated (see here). Instead, visit http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/.

Add the following to ~/.xinitrc:

exec gnome-session-cinnamon
Note: See xinitrc for details, such as preserving the logind (and/or consolekit) session.

Configuration

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.

Cinnamon Settings

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.

Installing Applets/Extensions

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 the zip file for the desired applet, and extract to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/ or /usr/share/cinnamon/applets. Then run

cinnamon-settings applets

to bring up the graphical applets manager. If the applet does not show up, press Template:Keypress and type r and press enter. This will restart gnome-shell and likely, the new applet.

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.

Troubleshooting

QGtkStyle was unable to detect the current GTK+ theme

If it turns out that QT applications are not able to detect the GTK theme, users must specify the theme explicitly. In case of the default Adwaita theme it would look like this:

gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_theme Adwaita

To set the same icon and cursor theme, users should specify them, too.

gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/interface/icon_theme Faenza-Dark

This sets the icon theme to Faenza-Dark located in /usr/share/icons/Faenza-Dark.

The following will set the gconf value for the mouse cursor.

gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/peripherals/mouse/cursor_theme Adwaita

Finally, create /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme with the following lines:

[Icon Theme]
Inherits=Adwaita

Pressing power buttons suspends the system

This is the default behavior. To show the shutdown menu for example, change the dconf setting for the respective buttons:

GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power button-power 'interactive'

Users may need to do this for the hibernate button as well:

GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power button-power 'interactive'

Icons do not show on the desktop

Icons might not show when nautilus and nemo are both installed. To fix the issue remove the file manager(s) not in use. In case icons are not showing despite having just one file manager installed, users can try to enable them by using dconf editor. Browse the tree to org > gnome > desktop > background and check the "Show desktop icons" box.

Volume level is not saved

The volume level is not be saved after reboot. The volume will be at 0 but not muted. Installing alsa-utils will solve the problem.