In this tutorial we will show you how to install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Cinnamon is a GTK3 desktop environment, initially started as a fork of GNOME Shell, which is used by default in the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Cinnamon is more traditional but elegant looking desktop environment with the bottom panel and app menu etc.
I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 16.04 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.
Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:
apt-get update -y apt-get upgrade -y
Step 2. Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04.
First, add the Embrosyn Cinnamon PPA to your Software Sources and install the latest version of the Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu run these commands in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon
Next, run following commands to install Cinnamon desktop for the first time:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install cinnamon
To check the installed version of Cinnamon, please issue the below command on your terminal:
Finally, logout of your current session or restart your system and choose Cinnamon desktop at the login interface as in the image below:
Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Cinnamon on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. Thanks for using this tutorial installing Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system.