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Cinnamon (desktop environment)

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Cinnamon 4.4.8 on Linux Mint 19.3
Developer(s)Linux Mint team
Initial release2011 (2011)
Stable release
5.2.1[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 November 2021
Written inC (GTK), JavaScript, and Python
Operating systemUnix-like with X Window System
TypeDesktop environment

Cinnamon is a free and open-source desktop environment for the X Window System that derives from GNOME 3 but follows traditional desktop metaphor conventions. Cinnamon is the principal desktop environment of the Linux Mint distribution and is available as an optional desktop for other Linux distributions and other Unix-like operating systems as well.

The development of Cinnamon began as a reaction to the April 2011 release of GNOME 3 in which the conventional desktop metaphor of GNOME 2 was abandoned in favor of GNOME Shell. Following several attempts to extend GNOME 3 such that it would suit the Linux Mint design goals, the Mint developers forked several GNOME 3 components to build an independent desktop environment. Separation from GNOME was completed in Cinnamon 2.0, which was released in October 2013. Applets and desklets are no longer compatible with GNOME 3.

As the distinguishing factor of Linux Mint, Cinnamon has generally received favorable coverage by the press, in particular for its ease of use and gentle learning curve. With respect to its conservative design model, Cinnamon is similar to the Xfce and GNOME 2 (MATE and GNOME Flashback) desktop environments.

  1. ^ https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon/releases/tag/5.2.1; publication date: 28 November 2021.

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