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On Ask Ubuntu, I received a comment on our How do I install Cinnamon on Ubuntu Q&A asking why they could not install Cinnamon any more…

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The maintainer of the Cinnamon packages in Ubuntu has now hidden and/or removed the main PPA

ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

Previously Cinnamon made it into the Universe repository for Ubuntu 13.10 users … but the desktop environment did not make it into Ubuntu 14.04.

Thus I contacted the maintainer and I’m grateful for the prompt reply:

Hi,

The stable PPA is indeed no longer being maintained.

The nightly PPA is being kept for development purposes and should not be used on any sort of production machine (it can and will break at any time).

To be honest, I don’t have an alternative to offer Ubuntu users at the moment, apart from switching to a distribution that does support Cinnamon.
There are many such distributions out there, and I’m only hoping for someone to (finally) step up on Ubuntu’s side to provide proper packages to its users.

Regards,
Gwendal

 

Thus, as Ubuntu users we should all thank Gwendal for such hard work for such a long time.

For Cinnamon users who are not Linux Mint users, your choices are limited now – you can either use the nightly PPA – with the warnings from the maintainer ringing in your ears … use another Desktop Environment … or take up the challenge set by Gwendal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Be brave – step-up.  You’ll get the grateful thanks of many thousands of eager Ubuntu users I’m sure.

EDIT 26 June 2014:

Two people have created PPA’s for cinnamon stable.  Now I can’t comment about their veracity, but its worth checking out these:

Option 1: 12.04 & 14.04 users only:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsvetko.tsvetkov/cinnamon
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Option 2: 14.04 users only:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lestcape/cinnamon
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

 

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