Proposed F19 Feature: Cinnamon as Default Desktop

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at
Sun Jan 27 14:53:01 UTC 2013

= Features/Cinnamon as Default Desktop =

Feature owner(s): Eric Smith <eric at>

This feature proposes that Fedora switch the default desktop interface from 
Gnome 3 to Cinnamon. Cinnamon provides a desktop interface that is more 
familiar to Windows and Gnome 2 users than the standard Gnome Shell interface, 
while being built from Gnome 3 components. 

== Detailed description ==
The Gnome 3 interface is substantially different that the traditional desktop 
interfaces on both Linux and Windows. While it is good that there is research 
into new user interface concepts, many users prefer to have a traditional 
interface that they are accustomed to. Unfortunately it is difficult or 
impossible to assess what fraction of the user base prefers Gnome Shell vs. a 
more traditional interface. I'm not trying to start (or continue) a flame war 
here, so I won't state any of my own criticisms of Gnome Shell here, but I 
will observe that a number of very high profile people in the Linux community, 
such as Linus Torvalds and Alan Cox, have publicly announce that due to 
problems with Gnome Shell they are switching to a different desktop and/or 
Linux distribution.

I submit the proposition that it is easier for a user doing a new Fedora 
install to start with a traditional desktop, and switch to the Gnome Shell if 
they prefer that, than to start with Gnome Shell and switch to a traditional 

The Cinnamon desktop provides a traditional desktop while being based on the 
latest Gnome and GTK components, so it seems like a better candidate for a 
default desktop than MATE, which is based on older components. 

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