Here’s What’s New in Cinnamon 2.6

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Published on June 18, 2015 by lsteam

Cinnamon 2.6 has been released, bringing new features and changes. it will available as default desktop environment for the next release of Linux Mint 17.2 rafaela.

According to Cinnamon 2.6 release page, Here’s what’s new in cinnamon 2.6:

  • In case of a freeze or if you need to restart Cinnamon for any reason, you can now do so via a keyboard shortcut. The default key combination is Ctrl+Alt+Escape. Pressing this combination of keys restarts nemo and cinnamon-settings-daemon in case they had crashed, and launches a brand new instance of the Cinnamon desktop.
  • The load times have been greatly improved and unnecessary calculations in the window management part are dropped, leading to a 40% reduction in the number of CPU wakes per second.
  • Support for multiple monitors was improved. Better window list actions and new keybindings allow you to move windows to other monitors (Super+Shift with arrow keys by default). But the most significant improvement is that you can now have multiple panels and place them across multiple monitors.
  • Cinnamon-screensaver support for XScreenSaver modules and HTML5 screensavers.
  • Panels can now be added/removed/configured individually and moved to different positions across one or multiple monitors.
  • The “System Settings” were redesigned and reorganized using a beautiful new look, layout and transitions.
  • The window effects settings were simplified and cool new effects were introduced.
  • Power management, brightness and batteries were revamped and merged together. The power applet was also largely redesigned, it detects batteries much better than before and gives a breakdown on secondary devices. It also handles screen brightness and keyboard backlight.
  • The “Startup Applications” configuration tool was rewritten as a native Cinnamon settings module.
  • Added new plugin manager in Nemo File Manager.
  • File operations are now queued and performed in sequence rather than in parallel.
  • Efforts were made to improve ATK/Orca support in visual Cinnamon components.
  • Improvements were also made to the magnifier and the mouse zoom modifier is now also configurable.
  • The on-screen keyboard was partly redesigned. It now shows and hide on-demand thanks to a brand new “On-Screen Keyboard Applet” and it now affects the size and limits of the screen: i.e. when the on-screen keyboard appears, the size of the workspace is reduced accordingly and windows appearing beneath it are re-adjusted (this works in a way similar to the panel auto-hide function).

How to Install Cinnamon in Linux Mint 17.1, LMDE 2, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04

Linux Mint 17.1

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com rebecca romeo"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

LMDE 2

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com betsy romeo"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04

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