Maybe the result is not what you expected (I'll tell you later why), but without a doubt I have been left with an excellent impression. From the outset, I don't know if the installation I did of Cinnamon about Archlinux give me the same experience regarding the behavior of this shell, compared to its official distro: Linux Mint.
The image you see at the beginning of the Post is Cinnamon running over Xfce. Yes, they have read perfectly, about Xfdesktop. After installing I couldn't start Cinnamon through LigthDM, so I have to enter through Xfce, run the application launcher (Alt + F2) and write:
And voila !!! The magic is done.
With Firefox, Thunderbird y Pidgin open, Cinnamon remains stable over 400 Mb de RAM. Perhaps the elements of Xfce that keep running underneath. Although the consumption seems somewhat high, the performance is impressive. Cinnamon It is very fast and the effects that are included by default are very smooth and elegant.
The application to manage the preferences of Cinnamon (Cinnamon Settings) It is very simple and contains what is necessary to adjust our desktop. I find the option to disable the Overview and the icon of Hot corner.
It is true that perhaps it lacks many more options, since it cannot be denied that it is still not possible to customize all the elements of the interface, such as the panel, which from my point of view is a bit tough in terms of organizing his applets.
The menu is quite fast and at least I see it more functional than any other existing start menu. From my point of view, no one can stand next to him, not even the KDE.
But do not "take away the dance", Cinnamon It behaves in a very stable way and I am sure that with the evolution of its development it will improve for the better. I'm hoping as a good thing that I just became compatible with LMDE to use it on me Debian, as an alternative next to Xfce. Without a doubt, we already have one more option in GNU / Linux and at least I love it 😀