Cinnamon was missing a few things that are now quite common in other DEs, namely.. the ability to switch session and to log in as a different user. Of course, it was possible in Mint via Menu->New Login, or by clicking “Switch user” from the lock screen, but things could be improved simply by introducing a new user applet. So that’s what we did, and it’s coming in Cinnamon 2.0:
While we were focused on user management we reviewed the GNOME “User Accounts” configuration modules and identified a few issues with it, namely:
- The module wasn’t clear about its audience… it was used by users to change their own profile and by the sysadmin to administer users…
- It didn’t do a good job for the sysadmin since it didn’t allow him/her to manage groups and group memberships
- It didn’t do a good job for the user since it showed him/her a lot of sysadmin related info which was irrelevant to him/her
So the decision was taken to stop using the GNOME module and to write two new modules from scratch for Cinnamon.
The “Account Details” module is run by the user to quickly modify his/her own account:
The “Users and Groups” module is run by the sysadmin to administer users and groups:
We also took the opportunity to add a few avatar pictures in there :)
Of course the modules support using your own pictures as user pics and in the case of the “Account Details” module you can even take a picture of yourself using your computer’s webcam.