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A walk through Mint Linux's new/old Cinnamon desktop (Gallery)

Tired of GNOME 3, Ubuntu Unity and HUD? Want classic an updated classic GNOME 2.x interface? Then Linux Mint has the desktop for you Cinnamon.
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Sick and tired of the “new and improved” Linux desktops? Cinnamon, from Linux Mint, puts a GNOME 2.x style interface on top of the GNOME 3.x desktop engine. More of the latest Linux news:

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Like GNOME 2.x, Cinnamon gives you an ordinary, but darn useful, menu system.

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Cinnamon does more than just give you a menu though it combines a search function from the GNOME 3.x desktop to make finding applications a snap.

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Cinnamon also makes it easy to set up the desktop so it works the way you want it to work rather than how a designer thinks you should work.

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Cinnamon also comes with “special effects” for your desktop. In my experience though these are still a little wet behind the ears for regular use.

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Cinnamon also comes with desktop applets to make using it easier. Unlike the applets in many operating system I actually found Cinnamon's to be useful.

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Here, for example, I can get to my Recent Documents right off the desktop.

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And, I can easily work with my basic display settings from the desktop thanks to the display applet.

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I also really like that one applet makes it simple to set Cinnamon for users with accessibility issues.

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Put it all together and you get a very easy to customize and familiar Linux desktop. For instance, here I've placed the menu bar on the top of the display.

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Finally, as I get ready to bid Linux Mint adieu, unlike GNOME 3. Cinnamon lets me quickly click my way to shutting down, suspending, or restarting the desktop.

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