It’s been a while since I have taken some time to look at the development of Cinnamon the gnome-shell fork by Mint Linux. What inspired me to look at it again was confusion from users. Many people don’t seem to understand that cinnamon is not a stand alone desktop environment. Cinnamon depends on gnome as it’s a fork of gnome-shell, which belongs to Gnome 3. I would see users complain that they installed cinnamon, but it didn’t work. I found out many did not install gnome for it to work properly. So to test things out, I booted up Sabayon Forensics live USB and ran:
equo update && equo install cinnamon
Keep in mind Sabayon Forensics is a XFCE desktop environment. So once I issued that command, cinnamon pulled like 47 packages and many related to gnome of course. Cinnamon should pull the necessary gnome packages, so let it pull em.
Once that is done, log out and in your session you can choose cinnamon and watch cinnamon come to life as you log in.
Note the images here are not the default cinnamon settings/looks upon install. I changed stuff all around for looks and settings. This was a good test for me to explore the abilities of cinnamon and I was very happy to see how much cinnamon has progress. They made promises and are delivering.
Pretty slick I say. Yay for people out there fixing the default Gnome 3 GUI. Mint Linux even has forked nautilus and call it nemo after calling current nautilus a disaster. It’s sad to see what is happening in the Gnome world, but I don’t want to start a flame war so I will leave it at that.
So as you can see, installing cinnamon on sabayon should be no problem. Now if you’re using an ATI card, you may have issues with gnome-shell stuff. So please check the log files if you are having issues. I have no problems with nvidia or intel graphics.
Cheers to the cinnamon crew!