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19 September 2012, 11:22

Cinnamon 1.6 released with workspace improvements

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Zoom The notification applet in Cinnamon 1.6 keeps track of any messages or events a user may have missed
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With the release of version 1.6 of Cinnamon, users can now define workspace names which the desktop environment for Linux systems can display when switching between them; this is designed to help users quickly identify different workspaces. The Window Quick-List applet is a new feature that lists all of a user's windows across all workspaces. Additionally, when using Alt+Tab to switch between windows, the desktop can now display icons with window previews or thumbnails.

The developers have also improved the Sound applet, which now offers tool tips and a mute button for audio output and recording. Another new feature is Cinnamon 2D, a component that allows the desktop to function on systems without 3D/OpenGL hardware acceleration; on these systems, Cinnamon makes use of the llvmpipe Mesa 3D driver to perform the 3D calculations with the CPU's help; this is similar to the behaviour of the GNOME Shell in Fedora 17 or openSUSE 12.2.

Cinnamon's default file manager is now Nemo, the Nautilus 3.4 fork; however, combining the desktop with Nautilus continues to be possible. The release announcement for the new Cinnamon version lists many other improvements, including the ability to switch workspaces via the edges of the screen (Edge Flip), a new grid view in the workspace overview (Expo Grid View) and the ability to configure panel heights; panels can now also be configured to hide themselves after a certain amount of time.

Linux Mint and Cinnamon founder Clement "Clem" Lefebvre explains in a blog comment that the Romeo package repository will soon offer the new version of Cinnamon for Linux Mint 13 and Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). SUSE developer Nelson Marques notes that openSUSE users can obtain it via an OBS repository. Ubuntu users can find Cinnamon 1.6 in a PPA; Fedora 17 began to offer the new version via the regular update repositories a few hours ago.

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