How to install Cinnamon Desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 LTS

Here we will see the simple commands to download and install the Cinnamon Graphical User interface on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal fossa…

If you want to have a dual desktop environment on Ubuntu, then think about Cinnamon because of its simple and elegant interface. As it mimics the Windows 7 elements thus very easy to understand by the new users as compared to the default GNOME Linux desktop environment of Ubuntu. However, if you don’t want to install then you can use the Linux Mint which comes with Cinnamon by default.

In this article, we will learn not only the process to install and uninstall the Cinnamon Desktop environment but also how to switch between GNOME and Cinnamon or vice versa, just before the log-in the Ubuntu.

Install Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop GUI on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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Open command Terminal

Well, to install any packages on Linux, the easiest way is the command terminal. Just open it from the Applications or simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T.

Update the system

Before installing the packages for getting Cinnamon; update and upgrade your system’s existing packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 20.04

If you are on the latest 20.04 LTS focal fossa you don’t need to add any third-party repository, just use the below command:

sudo apt install cinnamon

Command to install Cinnamon GUI on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

Well, those who are using the older versions, first need to add the repo

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon
sudo apt install cinnamon

Switch to Cinnamon

After installing this traditional Linux desktop environment, close the command terminal, and log out of the system. Now, click on the user name, and before typing your password, click on the Gear icon given on the right bottom side. A pop-up will appear, select the Cinnamon, and then enter your password.

Switch to Cinnamon Desktop GUI Cinnamon Disktop envrionment install on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Uninstall or Remove Cinnamon

So, in case you didn’t like this Desktop Environment and don’t want a dual Graphical user interface setup then again switch back to the Ubuntu Default interface as we did in the above step.

After that open the command terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt remove cinnamon

If you have used the repository then remove that as well:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Finally, run the autoremove command:

sudo apt autoremove



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