How To Install And Use Cinnamon Desktop In Linux Mint 12

Here’s how to install and use Cinnamon Desktop in Linux Mint 12:

1. Issue the following command at the terminal in Linux Mint 12 -

sudo apt-get install cinnamon-session

How To Install And Use Cinnamon Desktop In Linux Mint 12

How To Install And Use Cinnamon Desktop In Linux Mint 12

2. After the installation is complete, log out and reboot the system. After the reboot is complete, click on the gear icon at the login screen and select ‘Cinnamon’ as your session.

How To Install And Use Cinnamon Desktop In Linux Mint 12

3. Enjoy the convenient new Cinnamon Desktop on Linux Mint 12!

How To Install And Use Cinnamon Desktop In Linux Mint 12

3 Comments

  1. Rick says:

    I installed cinnamon as you described, but my desktop does not look like yours! Mine has a black panel at the top of the screen and a black panel at the bottom of the screen and the menu is at the top – a very small menu.

    Can you tell me what went wrong and how can I get it to match your screen shot?
    TIA

  2. Dan Saint-Andre says:

    Most modern distro’s use various techniques to discourage your ability to boot then login as root user. One distro makes the desktop very ugly if you login as root as further discouragement. Instead, they package boot and login as yourself, and then use ‘sudo’ to accomplish root user actions and operations.

    I wish I knew (remembered) the details, but there is a setting that enables both console (CTRL+ALT+Fn) and desktop root login. Other options cover login from a real or virtual TTY and SSH.

    I’m happy with ‘sudo’ but I want a root user with a password. Thus I did the following:

    prompt~/$ sudo -i
    #X#X#X#X#

    prompt:~# # now I’m in a root shell session
    prompt:~# passwd
    Enter new UNIX password: #X#X#X#X#
    Retype new UNIX password: #X#X#X#X#
    passwd: password updated successfully
    prompt:~#

    Now I have a root user with a password that I know and love.

    Cheers,
    ~~~ 8d;-/ Dan

  3. Dorinakis says:

    Can anyone tell me why I cannot start a Cinnamon session as root? It works only as a ordinary user.