The Linux Mint developers have finally released the stable version of the Cinnamon 2.8 desktop environment. It’s a huge release, and all users of this desktop environment are in for a treat.
Cinnamon 2.8 was actually released a few weeks ago, but it has not been deemed stable until now. We already know a lot about the new version of the desktop environment, so it’s not exactly a surprise.
As usual, many new features have landed in Cinnamon, and it will take a while for users to discover them. There is a lot of smaller stuff under the hood as well, and that is usually where all the cool stuff happens.
The Cinnamon desktop is mostly known for powering the Linux Mint distribution, but it’s available for other distros as well. It’s a complex piece of software with a lot of moving parts, so it will take a while until it officially hits the repositories. Most likely, it will be made available first for Linux Mint and it will also get backported at some point.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht