Howto: Install backported Cinnamon Desktop 3.2 in Jessie

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Howto: Install backported Cinnamon Desktop 3.2 in Jessie

Postby stevepusser » 2017-06-30 17:01

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Cinnamon backport from Stretch only required 14 packages, when xfce4 and MATE require many more: ... -backports

A few of the packages required some tinkering with the build-depends and depends to build and work on a Jessie platform, but not too much of that was required. Known issue: I can't move the taskbar from the bottom of the screen. I can get up to where it says to click on the new location, and a red bar appears momentarily when I click on the new location, but nothing happens. I can create a new panel on the top or sides of the screen, though. If you can find more problems or the solution, please post them here.

These particular backports are versioned to appear lower than the versions in Stretch, so they should not interfere with a Jessie-Stretch in place upgrade.

The following commands to add the repository and its key must be done in a root terminal. Sudo users can become root by executing "sudo -i".

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echo 'deb /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cinnamon.list

rm -f Release.key

wget -nv -O Release.key

apt-key add - < Release.key

apt-get update

If you already have Cinnamon installed, simulate an upgrade:

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apt-get -s upgrade

If things look OK, upgrade for real:

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apt-get upgrade

If you don't have Cinnamon installed, you can install the basic desktop with

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apt-get install cinnamon-core

There is also a cinnamon-desktop-environment metapackage that I did not test, since it installs quite an additional load of packages, especially with those recommended packages: ... nvironment
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