Install Cinnamon Desktop on Fedora 18

‘Cinnamon’ is a ‘desktop shell’ (based on the ‘Gnome Shell‘), created by the Linux Mint team. As I have said in my Linux Mint 14 review, I was really impressed by its stability and performance. Also, because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu & Debian distributions, installing ‘Cinnamon’ on those distributions is really easy.

But installing it in other GNU/Linux distributions, such as the ‘RPM’ (a software packaging system) based ones (where Debian, Ubuntu etc are based on ‘Deb’) like ‘Fedora’ for instance, used to be a bit difficult in the past. However, thanks to its (‘Cinnamon’) growing demand and popularity, Fedora 18 now supports the ‘Cinnamon’ desktop, natively.

So, if you are a faithful Fedora geek who wants to give a try at ‘Cinnamon’ (you won’t be disappointed! :D), then please follow the below steps. Again, please remember that, these instructions are only valid to Fedora 18 and later versions.


Step 1:

Installing ‘Cinnamon’ is extremely easy. You can use either the package manager GUI or the command-line. But I’ll be using the command-line method because it is so easy.

So, as usual, fire up your Terminal window and enter the below command.

su -c 'yum groupinstall cinnamon'

Well, that’s it!.

Now simply log-out of your current desktop environment, and under the ‘Session’ option of your login window, you should see ‘Cinnamon’ listed.

Optional …

As you might notice from the above screenshot, there are icons displayed on my ‘Cinnamon’ desktop on Fedora 18. However, by default, this feature is disabled in Fedora, as the file manager is not being used while ‘presenting’ the desktop. Plus, the desktop context menu is also disabled too.

This is not Cinnamon’s fault, because it is how Gnome Shell comes these days, and ‘Cinnamon’, being based on Gnome, is simply affected by it. But the good thing is, it is easily fixable, and all you have to do is open your Terminal window and enter the below command.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

As soon as you enter this command, you should see icons and context menu appearing on your desktop.

If you don’t like it, then you can rollback the changes by entering the below command as well.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

That’s it. Enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

2 thoughts on “Install Cinnamon Desktop on Fedora 18”

  1. Thanks for the command to display desktop icons. I was really getting frustrated about this after installing Fedora 18 with Cinnamon, but I see that it is a GNOME 3 issue.


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