The objective of this tutorial is to install Cinnamon Desktop as an alternative desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Desktop/Server Linux.

DID YOU KNOW that you can download Ubuntu 20.04 dedicated desktop flavours? This way Ubuntu provides users with an alternative desktop experience distinct to the default GNOME Ubuntu Desktop.
In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Cinnamon Desktop
  • How to login to Cinnamon Desktop
Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Desktop
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 installation step by step instructions

  1. Execute the following command to begin the Cinnamon desktop installation:
    $ sudo apt install cinnamon-desktop-environment
    
    Cinnamon Desktop installation command on Ubuntu 20.04
    Cinnamon Desktop installation command on Ubuntu 20.04

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  3. Once the Cinnamon Desktop Installation is complete, restart your system
    Once the Cinnamon Desktop Installation is complete, restart your system.


  4. Select Cinnamon session and log in
    Select Unity session and log in
  5. All done.
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