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23 November 2012, 12:17

Cinnarch: Arch Linux with Mint's Cinnamon desktop

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Cinnarch logo Cinnarch project lead developer Alex Filgueira has released an update to his Linux distribution that includes a new default file manager and LibreOffice installer and improves the live system's overall stability. Cinnarch is a rolling release operating system based on Arch Linux that features Linux Mint's Cinnamon as its default desktop environment. The OS uses the LightDM login manager and Chromium, the open source browser project run by Google, as its default web browser.

With the new 2012.11.22 release, Filgueira says that Cinnarch is finally stable enough to be promoted to "beta" status and brings with it several important changes. The first of these is switching to the default file manager to Nemo, specifically version 1.1.2, following feedback from the community – Nemo is a fork of Nautilus that was created by the Linux Mint project following controversial design changes in version 3.6 of GNOME's file manager. New default folders including Downloads, Desktop and Images have also been added.

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Cinnarch 2012.11.22 includes the 3.6.6 Linux kernel and uses version 1.6.7 of Cinnamon. A new LibreOffice installer has been added, as has an option to install GRUB 2 or any UEFI bootloader. Other changes include support for multilingual access from the boot menu in the SYSLINUX boot loader, improvements to the command-line interface (CLI) installer, the addition of support for VIA graphics cards, and fixes for the screenshot button. However, Filgueira points out that the new Cinnarch release has yet to add the Graphical Installer, which is expected to arrive in a future version.

An overview of the changes in Cinnarch 2012.11.22 can be found in the announcement news post. The latest images of Cinnarch are available from the project's Try it page. Source code for Cinnarch is available on Filgueira's GitHub page.

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