How to Install Cinnamon 2.6 on Fedora 22 / CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

How to Install Cinnamon 2.6 Desktop Environment on Fedora 22 / 21 / 20 ,  CentOS 7 , RHEL 7 , SL  7 , OL 7 . Cinnamon is a Desktop Environment for the Linux operating system. Cinnamon is developed by the Linux mint community and licensed under GPL open source license. It is the most used desktop environment for workstations and servers. It provide clean interface like Microsoft windows hence it the most popular type of desktop environment on the market. Cinnamon is developed using the Gnome as a base of OS hence it is lightweight and stable.

Whats new in cinnamon 2.6

  • Fast loading than previous versions
  • Low chances of freezes and hangs
  • Low memory consumptions
  • Minor change in Login Screen
  • Added live screensavers
  • Panels are updated
  • Improved settings and user interfaces
  • File manager (nemo) major changes and improvements

and more can be find on cinnamon official websites

Pre Installation Dependencies only for RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 / SL 7 / OL 7 Users

Install EPEL Repositories
# yum install epel-release -y

OR

# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/Linux/Fedora/epel//epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
Enable the EPEL Repository
# yum clean all
# yum update

Installation of Cinnamon 2.6

On Fedora 22
# dnf install @cinnamon-desktop -y
On Fedora 21 / 20
# yum install cjs cinnamon-menus cinnamon-control-center cinnamon-translations cinnamon-settings-daemon cinnamon-screensaver nemo cinnamon-session muffin cinnamon-desktop cinnamon -y
On CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 / SL 7 / OL 7
Installing X window system and lightdm
# yum groupinstall "X Window system" -y
# yum install lightdm -y
Installing Cinnamon 2.6
# yum install cjs cinnamon-menus cinnamon-control-center cinnamon-translations cinnamon-settings-daemon cinnamon-screensaver nemo cinnamon-session muffin cinnamon-desktop cinnamon -y
Adding Cinnamon Session
# echo "exec /usr/bin/cinnamon-session" >> ~/.xinitrc
Starting the GUI
# startx
Adding cinnamon GUI to systemd desktop run level 5 environment
# ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/runlevel5.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target
Finally Reboot the system
# reboot

Final Words

Cinnamon is one the best Desktop environment for workstation and server based Linux operating systems like Fedora , CentOS , RHEL , Scientific Linux and Oracle Linux. It is the most used desktop environment that provides ease of use. For more information and support related queries use the comment section below.

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