In today’s tutorial, I’m going to demonstrate how to add the Cinnamon 2.8 desktop to Ubuntu 15.04 and 15.10. You may ask why you would do this; after all, Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, runs Cinnamon. Well, there’s several reasons.

  • Because I can
  • Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 14.04LTS. If you want to take advantage of the advances since 14.04 and still use Cinnamon, this is the way to do it. This includes newer software (although the mint team is pretty good about backporting updated software)
  • Some newer computers have graphic driver issues with Linux Mint.
  • A bigger variety of software in the Ubuntu Software center

2.8 is the latest release of Cinnamon…at least at the time of recording this video. This is a big release…lots of bug fixes, some improved applets, and a host of other upgrades. As of right now, if you want Cinnamon 2.8, it’s not available on Mint (at least not by default).


Installation is fairly easy. Open a terminal and add the following

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:moorkai/cinnamon
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Reboot and log back in. Be sure to select the Cinnamon desktop at the login screen.

To remove unity

sudo apt-get remove unity unity-asset-pool unity-control-center unity-control-center-signon unity-gtk-module-common unity-lens* unity-services unity-settings-daemon unity-webapps* unity-voice-service

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