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'Cinnamon' GNOME 3 fork now 'fully stable' with version 1.2
Jan. 24, 2012

The Linux Mint team announced a "fully stable" version of its "Cinnamon" fork of GNOME 3.x. Available for several major Linux distributions, Cinnamon 1.2 is more customizable than GNOME 3.x, restores much of the GNOME 2.x interface, and adds features such as desktop effects and layout options.

The Linux Mint team announced its Cinnamon fork of the GNOME 3.x desktop environment on Dec. 22, and has since released 1.12 and 1.13 versions. The latter, which launched on Jan. 2, was dubbed "stable," but the new 1.2 release and associated APIs are called "fully stable." Cinnamon is available not only for free download by Linux Mint 12 users, but also by users of Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16, OpenSUSE 12.1, Arch Linux, and Gentoo, says the project.

Cinnamon offers all the foundational improvements of GNOME 3.2 while returning to a more customizable, more traditional GNOME 2.3-like interface. The environment offers new Compiz-like desktop effects, the ability to choose between three desktop layouts, and a new configuration tool that offers GNOME 2.x-like customization options.

There's also a new spin on the GNOME 2.x "applets" concept with a user-friendly GUI development tool and five new applets.

For the full report on Cinnamon 1.2 and links to downloads, see our Cinnamon story on LinuxDevices.

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