On this article we are going to look into how you can install Cinnamon desktop environment on Pop!_OS. Cinnamon desktop environment is free and open source for X window system. Cinnamon is often used on the Linux Mint distribution, however it can also be utilized by other Linux distros as a desktop environment. This type of environment is derived from GNOME 3 and is considered the most easy to use. The following are some of the features associated with Cinnamon desktop environment;

  • Comes with desktop effects which include animations
  • Provides panels which entail the main menu, window list and launchers
  • The system tray is adjustable on any edge of the screen
  • Comes with different types of extensions that can modify cinnamon’s functionality
  • Has got icons/applets that are displayed on the panel
  • Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell
  • Provides a settings editor for easy customization

Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Pop!_OS

The following steps are a full guide on how to install Cinnamon desktop environment on Pop!_OS, so follow them to the later;

Step 1. Update Cache

Use this command;

sudo apt update

Step 2. Start to Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment

To do this, use the command below; There lots of packages to be installed here.

sudo apt install cinnamon-desktop-environment 

Below is a section of the output;

processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ...
Setting up nautilus-extension-brasero (3.12.2-6ubuntu1) ...
Setting up sound-juicer (3.24.0-3) ...
Setting up libcinnamon-desktop4:amd64 (4.6.4-1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-settings-daemon (4.6.4-1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-control-center (4.6.2-2) ...
Processing triggers for dbus (1.12.20-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (2.0-1) ...
Processing triggers for udev (246.6-1ubuntu1.3pop0~1617377719~20.10~ce920ac) ...
Setting up cinnamon-control-center-goa (4.6.2-2) ...
Setting up gir1.2-cinnamondesktop-3.0 (4.6.4-1) ...
Setting up libmuffin0 (4.6.3-1) ...
Setting up brasero-cdrkit:amd64 (3.12.2-6ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for install-info (6.7.0.dfsg.2-5) ...
Setting up rhythmbox (3.4.4-1ubuntu3.1) ...
Setting up muffin (4.6.3-1) ...
Setting up gnome-games (1:3.30+3) ...
Setting up libxapp1:amd64 (1.8.9-1) ...
Processing triggers for fontconfig (2.13.1-2ubuntu3) ...
Setting up brasero (3.12.2-6ubuntu1) ...
Setting up shotwell (0.30.10-0ubuntu1) ...
Setting up gedit-plugins (3.38.0-1) ...
Setting up rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar (0.19.3-2) ...
Setting up rhythmbox-plugins (3.4.4-1ubuntu3.1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-session (4.6.2-1) ...
Setting up gir1.2-meta-muffin-0.0 (4.6.3-1) ...
Setting up rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder (3.4.4-1ubuntu3.1) ...
Setting up gir1.2-xapp-1.0 (1.8.9-1) ...
Setting up nemo (4.6.5-1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-screensaver (4.6.0-2ubuntu0.1) ...
Setting up nemo-fileroller (4.6.0-2) ...
Setting up cinnamon-common (4.6.7-1ubuntu1.1) ...
Setting up cinnamon (4.6.7-1ubuntu1.1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-core (4.6.1) ...
Setting up cinnamon-desktop-environment (4.6.1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ...

Step 3. Reboot your System

To reboot use the command below;

reboot

Once the reboot is done, you will be having more than one desktop environment on your system. And since we want to use Cinnamon, you will have to select Cinnamon specifically. Just like as shown;

Step 4. Check for updates then update all

This will ensure better user experience.

To go back to your default desktop environment(Pop!_OS), just log out and use the same procedure as the one used to log in to Cinnamon desktop environment.

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