Switching from Unity to Cinnamon

I’ve been trying to stick with the default Unity desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 but the menu bars and scrollbars in Unity continue to frustrate me. I decided to give Cinnamon another try and I’m glad I made the change.

Installing Cinnamon takes just a few simple steps:

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

After installing Cinnamon, log out of your session and choose Cinnamon instead of Unity when creating a new session.

In addition to the improved menu bars and scrolling, I’ve found that Cinnamon appears to be faster then Unity when opening and closing windows. I’m sticking with Cinnamon for now and I may even try Linux Mint the next time I need to create a VM.