Skip to comments.Cinnamon fork of GNOME Shell gets stable release
Posted on 01/24/2012 8:54:38 AM PST by smokingfrog
Version 1.2 of Cinnamon, the Linux Mint project's fork of the GNOME Shell, has been released and the APIs and desktop interface have been declared fully stable by Mint Founder Clement Lefebvre. Created last year to streamline the Mint developers' changes to the GNOME 3 environment, the Cinnamon fork brings familiar GNOME 2 design elements to the GNOME 3 shell. Among the enhancements in the stable version is easier customisation through a "Cinnamon Settings" tool which includes, for example, the ability to set the date format for the calendar applet and change panel launchers' icons.
The Settings tool is also the route to configuring Cinnamon applets, newly added in 1.2, which currently add support to the desktop for Accessibility, Recent Documents, Removable Drives, Trash and XRandR monitor control. Applets are an enhanced form of extension compared to GNOME 3 desktop extensions Lefebvre says the developers' plan is that all panel components should be applets and dissuades other developers from writing extensions for anything but "advanced purposes".
The desktop now comes with a selection of three desktop layouts. The Traditional layout offers a single bar at the bottom of the screen with main menu, launcher, taskbar and system tray with applets, while the Flipped layout places that bar at the top of the screen. A Classic layout uses a top bar with main menu, launcher and system tray and a lower bar with task bar in a style more akin to GNOME 2. The main menu itself has been improved, so that, while searching, pressing enter launches the first item in the results, and it is now harder to accidentally make your results disappear by moving the mouse over the categories.
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I read that title and thought in order: 1) uh-oh, I’m having a stroke, 2) is this mad-libs and 3) cool! I’ll fire up my Linus box
Gramma will be so happy she can install “the Linux Mint project’s fork of the GNOME Shell, [with] the APIs and desktop interface” for spamming her Mah Jong club from the web server in her sewing room.
Linux has gotten so user-friendly after all these years!
don’t feel bad- I read that title and it made perfect sense to me -which makes me depressed that I am THAT MUCH of a geek.
I have Mint 9 Isadora.
I can’t update anything without ‘broken packages’, which won’t install.
I’m a neophyte as far as Linux is concerned and a bit put off by all the ‘terminal’ commands necessary to ‘fix’ things.
Linux needs to make it easier for those, like me, that would rather ‘point and click’ to install or repair any packages.
I’m running Linux Mint now, but if I can’t update easily, it would be better to go back to Windows until they make it a bit more ‘user friendly’.
BTW. I used to operate a “Unix” system a long, long time ago and I’ve pretty much forgotten most of it.
I don’t want to have to ‘relearn’ commands and syntax just to be able to use my computer.
(sorry, just my pet peeve with the system)
Hmmph ... I decided to continue with my Mandarin Chinese lessons ... they’re easier and make more sense.
Thank you SO much for this!!! I have been lacking Linux time recently because of the new Gnome 3 :/
I’ve never been a fan of Ubuntu, or any command line work. When I was a TOTAL NEWB with Linux, I heard that ubuntu was the BEST! So I downloaded and burned a CD to install on my laptop test bed. Clueless. I couldn’t figure out what to do, couldn’t configure the internet, nothing. No sound, no hope.
But I tried a 10 pack of different flavors I bought off ebay for $10 and kept trying different “flavors”. The ONLY one that would load, configure, and present itself as ready to run, complete with wireless, was PCLinuxOS. Zero command line inputs, ever. Flash, everything worked.
If after all these years, Ubuntu still required tweaking, command line inputs, and mucking about, screw it. Not interested. Don’t bother posting “simple” commands to tell me how to do it either. I don’t care. That is retarded.
I can get around a Mint version I have on my Asus but it’s not a whit better than the 2007 version of PCLinuxOS.
Have been running Linux of some flavor since 1994. Started with a UMSDOS version of Slackware.
Currently running Xubuntu 11.04
Love it. But primarily because it relies on XFCE, my favorite user interphase. Started running XFCE when Redhat 8.0 came out. (was not in the install disc, but I added it)
In my opinion, Gnome 3 is bloated.
Thanks for posting. Looks like Mint has a new KDE RC out too (1/11). I’ll be checking it out in a VM. I’m getting kind of tired of Fedora.
I have alternated between Ubuntu and Mint over the past three years. I thought I had settled with Mint until I discovered that some versions of Mint would not run on some laptops while the latest Ubuntu 10.10 would. I suspect graphics card compatibility with certain Mint versions is the issue. So I resolved to give Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity a fair trial. That lasted a week - Unity sucks. I really expect to see open program icons on the status bar! So, I installed gnome-panel which makes the desktop more traditional. Then I removed the top menu bar and put various icons on the bottom bar. The desktop now looks familiar like Gnome 2 or Windows XP. I have not tried Mint’s forks, but it hardly seems necessary for me now.
Cinammon Settings looks like a prettified version of gnome-tweak-tool - doesn’t seem like this fork is that big of a deal.
At least end-users could benefit by both the new Linux 4.0 kernel
If after all these years, Ubuntu still required tweaking, command line inputs, and mucking about, screw it. Not interested. Dont bother posting simple commands to tell me how to do it either. I dont care. That is retarded.
Man, I feel your pain. I once decided to use a computer that had Windows on it, and discovered how impossibly geeky it was. I told it to start and do what I want, but I found it doesn't even speak English. Can you imagine? And then I was told, and this is hard to believe, that I had to point this "mouse" thingy at the icon to start an application. Good Lord, can you get any more complicated and intentionally difficult? And, of course, that didn't work either. When I picked up the mouse and aimed it at the icon on the screen nothing happened. And clicking it against the screen just demonstrated how flimsy the whole contraption is because it cracked the monitor. So ridiculous. And, like you, I am totally uninterested in suggestions about how to correct this utter lack of intelligent design on the part of computer manufacturers. As of now I am going back to banging two rocks together.
Do I detect sarcasm? You may have missed my point. PCLinuxOS worked perfectly, and I’ve YET to mess with an Ubuntu that installs so well.
I’m NOT interested in tweaks, massive user configuration, shells, etc. My goal with a computer is to turn it on and use it, not configure it. That is my whole beef with Ubuntu is that it has never done exactly that. User-friendly is not ever having to open a command line. If I WANTED, or had a DESIRE, to use the command line, I would have read more on it, but that’s not why I have a computer on my desk. I’m not a programmer, I’m a user. That is why PCLinuxOS was so superior. Install, use. Period.