Cinnamon on Ubuntu is no more – maintainers required

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


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:


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.



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



5 thoughts on “Cinnamon on Ubuntu is no more – maintainers required

  1. Hi Fossfreedon, I also was able to find out abou your blog and here I am!
    I wasn’t aware of it’s existence! I’ll follow it daily!
    Greetings from Portugal.

    • Hi,

      one snippet of news I’ve subsequently found out is that the reason why Cinnamon missed the Trusty repositories is because the maintainer of the Debian packages within Debian itself had not updated the Cinnamon packages since August last year –

      Remember, ubuntu sync’s its packages from Debian. It is logical to assume that because Debian had unmaintained packages – there was nothing to sync to Ubuntu and hence rather than import broken packages, it was simply dropped.

      That is very sad news. It makes it more important for someone to take up the challenge made by Gwendal to start maintaining Cinnamon in Debian – once that happens, Ubuntu can then sync again.

      • Hi again Fossfreedon, I already saw this on your post in OMGUbuntu.
        And I left a reply, that I fully transcribe here:
        “Well Fossfreedom, them I was wrong!
        If the reason is the outdated packaging, them Cannonical had enough reason not to accept it.
        It’s more clear now after your explanation! But with only that phrase from Gwendal, doubts were raised (at list in my mind) about the real reasons behind he’s decision.
        Thanks for the update.”

  2. I wonder what is required of a maintainer? How much time investment does this require per week? I am not a professional Linux developer, but will be glad to help the community and learn something myself if this is not too demanding.

    • To be a maintainer of – lets say a piece of software – you need to be aware of what is a PPA, how to submit stuff to be build and of course – what is a debian package and how to build it.

      It terms of cinnamon – it consists of several debian packages. Luckily, all of the cinnamon packages exist in Debian Experimental & Gwendal’s nightly. Thus – as a maintainer here I would suggest it is a case of taking the debian experimental & Gwendals packages and ensuring that they rebuild correctly in ubuntu. Obviously, any build issues you need to work out how to solve these. You’ll need to work with the Mint developers, feedback through their GIT repository any issues – and if they suggest any fixes, take those GIT patches and apply them to Ubuntu … and also feedback those findings back into debian.

      As a maintainer, you’ll need to monitor debian experimental as well as Gwendal’s nightly repo – lets say, once a week, take the latest/blend the packages and rebuild and when you’ve judged it has worked, pushed it into the stable repo.

      Lots of work? Yes – but I would suggest amazingly rewarding and a great learning experience.

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