Cinnamon 2 Review | LAS s29e04

Cinnamon 2 Review | LAS s29e04

Cinnamon 2.0 is a serious desktop contender, but not for the reasons you might think. Has this desktop environment come into its own?

Plus: Linus says the desktop is his big goal for Linux in the next few years, a fantastic new game for Linux…


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Cinnamon 2.0 Review


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This new version will be featured in Linux Mint 16 “Petra” planned for the end of November and will then be backported to LMDE and Linux Mint 13 LTS.

Cinnamon 2.0 represents 5 months of development and 856 commits from 28 developers. It features a lot of bug fixes but also brand new features and many improvements.


Edge-Snapping was inspired by the Snap functionality of Xbox One. It is similar to Edge-Tiling (the window sticks to the edge or corner of the screen, occupies half of the screen and can be resized) but with one key difference: Maximized windows do not cover snapped windows.

The New User Applet

A new user applet is introduced in Cinnamon 2.0 to let you easily perform most session/account related tasks (leaving, switching users, disabling notifications, accessing settings…etc).

Better User Management

System administrators now have access to the “Users and Groups” configuration tool which allows them not only to administrate users but also groups.

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Glare is a side-scrolling action platforming game coming October 10th from Phobic Studios to Windows, Mac and Linux. Summoned from starlight to defeat the infectious creatures called the Ramora, you play as the Shiner, a being of pure light given shape by an ancient suit of armor. Equipped with nothing but the power of your Glare and Gauntlet you must progress through fantastic alien worlds, tackling satisfying platforming challenges and engaging in fast-paced combat. Glare is a game about discovery, new powers and challenges await you on every world.

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8 Responses to “Cinnamon 2 Review | LAS s29e04”

  1. Michael Says:

    The rss feeds for mp3 and ogg s29e04 both point to s29e03. the direct downloads are ok.

  2. garegin Says:

    I love linus torvalds. For years the kernel community made it public that they want to sabotage closed-source developers by not giving them a stable API, thus forcing them to open their codes.
    now that android uses closed source kernel modules and valve is making closed-source games, suddenly they changed their tune. it’s good to have more attention and development. no s*** Sherlock! You think it makes your platform look attractive when you have extremely few closed source ISVs (Bryan Lunduke even has a blog post about this) writing stuff for you, and Windows has a top notch software library ocean?

  3. ChrisLAS Says:

    That should be fixed, but it can take a bit for the feeds to be re-checked at a few of the end-points (like iTunes).

  4. garegin Says:

    I agree that cinnamon and nemo is saner than gnome shell and nemo. Gnome is essentially a toy OS UI. It’s a joke. The developers think that average users just go to facebook and youtube all day long and don’t need any advanced functionally. While I do agree with them that clutter is bad and many FOSS app had clumsy and unintuitive UIs, their approach is equally stupid.
    I rather have few “grandma users” struggle with an advanced UI than everyone live in agony.

  5. Mohan Says:

    AHAHA, I totally forgot about window snapping, it was really cool that Windows 7 did it, and I know Unity has it (my desktop of choice), but I don’t even use it much. Thanks for reminding me that it is there.

    Cinnamon 2.0 looks really good. I will try it out. But I am liking my Unity set up on my Sable Complete and MATE setup on my aging acer notebook.

  6. Chris Says:

    I gave ownCloud a go about a month ago and I found it very heavyweight in terms of cpu load, memory usage etc. I wanted to run it on my BeagleBone Black at home (connected to an external drive for storage) but it was just too slow. My setup might not be ideal but it should be able to run on a low spec server without massive memory spikes. I like what it’s trying to do and it has a lot of potential so I will be giving it another try soon. Great show thanks chaps!

  7. Donal Funkhouser Says:

    Okay, enough is enough. This madness has to stop. It is NOT in te gros. It’s In ter gos. Notice where the R is which tells you how it is pronounced. Phonetically it would be pronounced “in – tear (as in tear a sheet of paper) gos” (as in ghost without the final T). One person sent you an audio file and even after listening to it you continue to pronouce it incorrectly.

    You may wonder why this matters and I’ll attempt to explain it. When you (or any other broadcaster, newsperson, columnist, etc.) mispronounces words as often as you do (or makes a significant amount of spelling, grammar, etc. errors) it calls into question their qualifications and the validity of their work. You essentially made that claim against Shuttleworth a few weeks ago when you stated that it didn’t appear that he had actually read about something that he was commenting on, implying being that we shouldn’t take his comments seriously. If you wish to be taken seriously then you need to be more careful about how you pronounce these words, and trying to pass it off as being dyslexic simply will not cut it.

    An easy way for someone who didn’t benefit from a school system that didn’t teach Phonics in grade school like those of my generation did is to spell out a work out loud prior to attempting to pronounce it (which would mean going over material prior to going on the air). The act of doing this makes a greater impact on ones perception of the word making it easier to pronounce the word correctly (I recale a similar misplaced R in Krebs that you pronounced as Kerbs).

    I’m not trying to be mean or picky about this, only attempting to help you out and make your broadcasts more professional with more credibility.

  8. Miquel Mayol i Tur Says:

    Please review this amazing Manjaro respin with XFCE+KWIN+Cairo
    I think this XFCE + KWIN combination is GREAT

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