How To Install Cinnamon 4.8 on Ubuntu 20.04

Cinnamon is a Linux desktop environment that is designed to provide users advanced and innovative features with a traditional feel and experience. It is originally a fork of the popular GNOME shell.

Cinnamon 4.8.5 was recently released and it brings about a lot of changes under the hood. Clement Lefebvre who is the leader of the Linux Mint development team, has brought to our notice that Cinnamon 4.8 is especially meant for Linux Mint 20.

The following is the list of features and changes included in the new Cinnamon 4.8 version:

  • Better Flatpak support.
  • Percentage in the sound volume OSD.
  • The option to always show the panel when the menu is open.
  • Scrolling in the window-quick-list applet.
  • Configurable scrolling direction in the workspace-switcher-applet.
  • The ability to assign a keybinding to mute the microphone.
  • Zstd support in nemo-fileroller.

Installing Cinnamon 4.8 Desktop on Ubuntu

Cinnamon 4.8 is not available to install on Ubuntu officially as of no but you can install it on Ubuntu 20.04 via a community PPA.

Caution: Always remember that packages installed from community PPAs come with no guarantees.

To add the PPA to your system, run the following command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wasta-linux/cinnamon-4-8
Add PPA in Ubuntu
Add PPA in Ubuntu

Then run the command below to update your systems’ repository list and install Cinnamon 3.0 desktop afterward:

$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt install cinnamon-desktop-environment
Install Cinnamon on Ubuntu
Install Cinnamon on Ubuntu

When the system completes installing Cinnamon 4.8, logout of your current session and then select Cinnamon desktop as seen in the image below.

Then login to start using Cinnamon 4.8.

Choose Cinnamon Desktop
Choose Cinnamon Desktop

A feel of the Cinnamon 4.8 desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04.

Cinnamon Desktop Running on Ubuntu 20.04
Cinnamon Desktop Running on Ubuntu 20.04

Remove Cinnamon 4.8 Desktop on Ubuntu

If you want to remove Cinnamon 4.8 from your Ubuntu system, run the following commands:

$ sudo apt remove --autoremove blueman brasero brasero-cdrkit cinnamon '~ncinnamon*' cjs desktop-base  five-or-more fonts-noto '~nfonts-noto*' fonts-quicksand four-in-a-row gedit-plugins-common gnome-chess gnome-backgrounds gnome-games gnome-klotski gnome-nibbles gnome-robots gnome-taquin gnome-tetravex gnote hexchat-common hitori hoichess hwdata iagno iso-flags-png-320x240 '~nlibcinnamon*' mate-icon-theme mate-themes muffin muffin-common nautilus-extension-brasero nemo nemo-data nemo-fileroller pidgin-data quadrapassel sound-juicer swell-foop tali vinagre wodim xapps-common

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:wasta-linux/cinnamon-4-8

Cinnamon 4.8 desktop environment is a cool desktop environment and one of my best, it offers a user-friendly interface to operate with and it can be easily customized.

Hope you find this tutorial useful and for any questions or additional information, remember to leave a comment down below.

A Computer Science graduate who is most enthusiastic about Linux and FOSS. Aaron has been using Linux for over two years now and loves to share his ideas and knowledge he's acquired with other Linux users around the world.

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