April 15, 2014

Cinnamon 2.2 Released

For those who are using Linux Mint with the Cinnamon interface, version 2.2 has been released with some cool improvements and bug fixes.

Better Looking Settings
The graphical interface for System Settings was refined and settings now look more consistent. Settings are better categorized and separated into sub-sections.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 10:04:12

Screensaver and Power Management
Power management and screensaver settings were completely revamped in 2.2 with a clear separation between what relates to the Lock Screen and what belongs to Power Management.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 10:09:36

Regional Settings and Keyboard Layouts
The Regional Settings module was removed entirely, with the exception of Keyboard Layouts, which was moved to the Keyboard settings module.

This is consistent with other desktop environments such as MATE and Xfce and it lets distributions design their own cross-DE locale management tools with tight integration with their display and package managers.

Date and Time Settings
The original date and time module was brought back, using policy kit and system-wide date setting.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 10:22:01

Hot Corners and HUD
The HUD is now less intrusive and should only appear if you drag a window really close to the edge. As cool as snapping can be, you don’t need to be reminded about it every time you’re a bit slow moving a window around.

Hot Corners were given better settings.  For each corner you can now define whether to react on hover, on icon click, or on both.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 10:33:44

Applet Toles and Systray Icons
Previous versions of Cinnamon came with a hardcoded list of systray icons to hide. Icons such as the one for Network Manager, or Banshee were typically hidden as their functionality was already covered by the network and sound applets.

In Cinnamon 2.2, this list is gone and each applet is able to register “roles”, i.e. to tell Cinnamon which functionality they take care off, and thus, which systray icons should be hidden when they are running.

These new roles enable Cinnamon to dynamically show relevant systray icons when applets are removed, or to dynamically hide them when applets are added.

Menu Improvements
The menu applet received two mintMenu features:
  • Right-click an application and select "Uninstall" to remove it
  • Newly installed applications are now highlighted in the menu
MPRIS and Sound Applet
Cinnamon 2.2 was given MPRIS support, so you can interact with MPRIS compatible software not only from the sound applet but also from your multimedia keys.

The sound applet can now show the track name and the covert art of the song you’re playing, in the panel itself.

It’s also possible to tell the sound applet whether to hide or to show systray icons for multimedia players.

HiDPI/Retina Display support
Cinnamon 2.2 comes with HiDPI support.

Graphics Tablet
The “wacom” plugin is back. It’s fixed, dropped its branding and is now called “Graphics Tablet”.

A11y MouseWheel Zoom
Visually impaired users will enjoy the ability to zoom in and out using Alt+mousewheel.

The magnifier needs to be activated but it no longer needs to be disabled, i.e. you can keep it running even when zooming at 1:1 and it won’t eat any CPU cycles.

There also plenty of other improvements in Cinnamon 2.2 such as Window opacity, CSD support and much more! Hit the blog post over on the Linux Mint website for full list and explanations of updates!