Howto- Install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

Cinnamon is a Gnome 3 fork that allow you to have a panel at the bottom with a classic Menu, this is useful for people that want to use Ubuntu with a classic Bottom Menu.

More info about Cinnamon can be found in our previous post.




To install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, use the following PPA:

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


  • Jay Ro

    Wow, old news is old. :|

  • zinovsky

    Is not old, you know that cinnamon stopped working on Ubuntu 12.04 for a while now, this is just to inform people that the PPA is working again on precise Pangolin.

  • Joakim Wahlgren

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Xzcallaway

    It’s nice to have options, but I can’t get it to work on my computer.  I’m thinking it’s the graphics card and seeing how it’s a laptop, there not much I can do about that.  Installing Solus Os has been easier for me.

  • Dan

    Thanks for the post

  • john j

     Might be your drivers. Cinnamon runs off of gdm3, if you can only run Gnome classic (fallback) then Cinnamon will not work. If you can run Gnome 3 fully then there is another underlying issue than the video card more than likely

  • h4k

    Also having problems here, I have an ATI card with catalyst driver…. maybe because that?, I only can see wallpaper and nothing more.

  • Ytinu

    Funny! Looks like sudo apt-get install windows-xp, lol!

  • Guest

    It’s not even signed?

  • Vimal0212

    After successfully installing cinnamon, cinnamon desktop look lime Gnome classic.
    How can I get Cinnamon menu?

  • Guest

     I have the same problem… I’m wondering if it has to do with the fact that I also installed gnome-panel, the more “classic” verison of the new shell.

  • Devrim YILMAZ

    i can ear any sound yet

  • Devrim YILMAZ

     sorry. i can not ear any sound.

  • Nblank

     After reboot choose cinnamon instead of Ubuntu

  • Alem

    this is nightly build not stable use sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

  • Akash

    1 Uninstall any GPU drivers that you have.
    2 Uninstall cinnamon
    3 Do an Update
    4 Install cinnamon again