I recently told you that Cinnamon 1.6 It would be when it falls and it is already available loaded with news, changes and improvements as well as announced in the official blog, after 4 months of intense development.
We had already mentioned some of the novelties, but we will return to them. I can't resist saying that for this version the developers seem to have been inspired by some functionalities of KDE.
We started with the possibility of naming different work areas, something that I never used, but surely more than one finds some use for it. It would make sense if it worked like the Activities en KDE, but I would have to test if the behavior is similar, or is just a way to name the workspace where we are so as not to get lost.
Now a new applet (Window Quick-List) with which we can see all the open windows that we have in the different work areas. stairs y Exhibition are available as Applet and with stairs can be navigated using keyboard shortcuts, so open sales can be accessed by typing their name (that of the application or open resource).
As I was saying Cinnamon has adopted certain features available in KDE, and the new Notification Applet is one of them. Hence the phrase: If something is to be copied, let it be for the better.
- Icons (by default, similar to Cinnamon 1.4)
- Icons + Thumbnails
- Icons + Window display
- Window display
Another applet recently modified has been the sound one, which adds some functionalities. The design was revised to give the cover more space. The volume slider now has a visible percentage and no longer controls amplification past 100%. The applet now also comes with tool tips and mute buttons to mute the sound and the microphone (accessible via the right mouse button menu).
The wallpaper picker has also been improved for Cinnamon.
But the news does not end with all this. You can see the full list of changes in this linkHowever, I will mention some that I found very interesting:
Other new features:
- Configurable panel heights
- Delay options to hide the panel.
- Applet for screen brightness.
- Mouse movement to change windows on the Window List applet.
- "Close to all" and "Close others" in the Window List applet.
- Cinnamon 2D (a new session that uses rendering software, to help people troubleshoot Cinnamon compatibility issues)
- Options to adjust Workspaces and Menu in Configuration Center.
- Faster filtering in the menu.
- The Menu can be activated by hovering the mouse over it.
- New widgets (for Java developers): radio buttons and check boxes.
These are some of the changes, adding of course the improvement of the environment in general that is now much faster in different aspects.
Although I have not personally tested it, I dare say that Cinnamon is the best Shell that so far has Gnome, from my personal appreciation. It is configurable, beautiful, fast and allows us to choose different variants to customize it to our liking. Can you ask for more?
Cinnamon 1.6 It comes with optimized code, with more than 800 changes that tell me that its active development will continue to provide us with excellent surprises in the future.
It would be interesting for Applet, Extensions and Themes developers to read the release item as there are relevant changes to take into account, especially with the file cinnamon.css, which has complex changes according to Clem himself tells us.
What do you think, was it worth the wait?