I like Cinnamon however I would like a desktop environment where I can place frequently used icons directly on the desktop. Which desktop environment will allow me to do that?
Cinnamon is a GTK+ 3.6-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint.
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I have a slower computer that I would like to use the Lubuntu desktop environment with. However, I do not want to install any of the software that is not related to the desktop environment. I am talking about programs like Abiword and Lubuntu Software Center.
If you’re not happy with the default desktop environment (Unity shell on GNOME3) in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), then you can try installing some alternative desktop such as MATE, Cinnamon, KDE etc or a lightweight desktop environment such as XFCE.
Why go for a Lightweight Desktop Environment ?
low resource requirements (it can also run smooth on older computers)
Cinnamon 1.8 the desktop environment developed by the team of Linux Mint has many new features and many bug fixes , and various improvements in its different areas, such as the section on developers. All this makes cinnamon 1.8 desktop environment be a complete and interesting.
Alternate titles: How to install Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin; how to install Cinnamon desktop 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Cinnamon 1.6, the latest edition of the desktop environment whose development was partly inspired by popular dissatisfaction with Unity and GNOME 3 was released yesterday.
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