Ubuntu 22.04 Cinnamon Desktop installation

By default, Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish sports the GNOME desktop environment, or no GUI at all in the server edition. If you would like to change things up and install Cinnamon instead, the GUI can be downloaded and installed directly from Ubuntu’s package repositories. In this tutorial, you will see how to install Cinnamon Desktop as an alternative desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Desktop/Server Linux.

Cinnamon desktop is a fork of the GNOME desktop. It has a rather conservative design and is similar to Xfce. It is uncomplicated to learn and from this reason might be a good choice for someone who is new to Linux. It was created by the developers of Linux Mint and is the default GUI on that Linux distro.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Cinnamon Desktop
  • How to login to Cinnamon Desktop
Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish
Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish
Software Cinnamon desktop GUI
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 22.04 installation step by step instructions



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  1. Get started by opening a command line terminal and using the following two commands to install Cinnamon with the apt package manager.
    $ sudo apt update
    $ sudo apt install cinnamon-desktop-environment
    
    Cinnamon Desktop installation command on Ubuntu 22.04
    Cinnamon Desktop installation command on Ubuntu 22.04
  2. Once the Cinnamon Desktop Installation is complete, restart your system.
    Reboot the system to log in to Cinnamon
    Reboot the system to log in to Cinnamon
  3. Select the Cinnamon desktop option from the lock screen menu. You may also select GNOME if you ever want to load back into GNOME instead.
    Select Cinnamon under the session list on lock screen
    Select Cinnamon under the session list on lock screen

All done. You can now start using your Cinnamon desktop environment!



Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, you saw how to install the Cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. Cinnamon is a simple GUI that most people can pick up and start using very easily. Ubuntu allows us to switch among multiple GUIs, so return to the lock screen if you ever want to load a different one.