Cinnamon 2.2 updates in Romeo (beta-testers needed)
by clem 24

The following Cinnamon updates are coming up for Linux Mint 17 Qiana.

Because there are a lot of changes and to avoid any potential regression, these updates are now in Romeo.

If you are interested in BETA-TESTING them, please run Menu->Administration->Software Sources and tick the option “Unstable Packages (Romeo)”. Run the Update Manager then, click on Refresh, sort the list of updates by update types and select all Unstable/Romeo updates.

Also please make sure to update any level 1 packages, in particular those related to cinnamon-desktop and send us your feedback in the comment section below.

cinnamon 2.2.16

  • Fix Cinnamon background being reset or overwritten by GNOME background at startup.
  • Cinnamon Settings: Ignore backspace navigation in GtkSpinButtons and GtkTextViews.
  • Keyboard settings: Allow modified Escape key to be used in a keybinding.
  • Network applet: Sort wireless access points by showing active or remembered connections first, and all remaining connections in order of strength then.
  • HiDPI: Fix popup menu maximum height calculation.
  • A11y: Fix magnifier not getting initialized properly.
  • Spices management: Fixed “More info” and “Get more online” look and behaviour in certain locales.
  • Fix Background Module for python2-pillow 2.5.0-1.
  • Few additional bug fixes.
  • JS API: Added timers.js to allow spices developers to time things.

muffin 2.2.6

  • Fixed window tiling into top corner instead of the side when using super-left or super-right.
  • Fixed new window starting maximized because another window was previously tiled.

nemo 2.2.4

  • Search bar now comes down with an animation
  • Fixed crash when browsing network shares or unmounting archives/ISO
  • Show unmount progress notification when ejecting a drive
  • HiDPI: correctly render eject icon in sidebar
  • Open-with dialog: Bug fixes and a few improvements
  • Fixed apps not appearing on desktop after selecting “Add to desktop”
  • Clean up orphaned gtk bookmarks at startup
  • Nemo actions: Added support for space character in paths

cinnamon-session 2.2.2

  • Make shutdown and failwhale dialogs use CENTER instead of CENTER_ALWAYS, to stop the small jump the dialogs usually make right after they pop up.
  • Logout/Shutdown dialogs: Capture focus and keyboard input and block until dialog is closed.
  • session-properties (startup programs): show 0 in the list when there is no startup delay defined, as well as a 0 in the spinner during item edit.
  • Block ubuntu indicator-* services from starting.

cinnamon-control-center 2.2.10

  • Hide the zoom enable shortcut label (it doesn’t use a shortcut anymore) and hide some tabs in the zoom prefs that don’t do anything currently.
  • Fixed time being automatically updated/reset back while editing it.
  • Sound preferences: Fixed UI jumping slightly when playing Cinnamon sound effects.
  • Network preferences: Removed the proxy switch, it doesn’t actually do anything except confuse people. The proxy is used if settings are set.

cjs 2.2.2

  • Fix upstream bug, preventing start-on-demand dbus service from working.
  • Fix Gio overrides for Gio.DBusProxy (This will allow Cinnamon 2.2 to be compatible with 2.4 spices in regards to upcoming dbus changes).


24 thoughts on “Cinnamon 2.2 updates in Romeo (beta-testers needed)

  1. GeneC Aug 12,2014 19:46

    Been running the updates from romeo for several hours with no issues yet noted.
    Looking good.
    Also started a thread on the forums..

  2. Vladimir Aug 13,2014 10:18

    Generally it is ok, but lot of problems with Autostart items (My-Weather-Indicator, Calendar-Indicator, Pidgin IM icon) after hibernation – have to load them manually one by one after restarting Cinnamon.
    Keep up with good work!

    • Vladimir Aug 14,2014 13:48

      It has never happened again after restarting LM17, my mistake, sorry.

  3. Anand Aug 13,2014 13:50

    Hi – Thanks, Been running it for few hours, seems to be fine and no issues found. till now.

  4. Pjotr Aug 14,2014 09:03

    Installed them, rebooted (just to make sure), and so far so good: no problems. Are there any specific tests that you would like me to do?

  5. barton Aug 14,2014 11:44

    logout dialog forced focus fails when mouse focus set to sloppy

    open with dialog does not set as default anymore. went to set an mp3 to open with vlc/banshee/clementine, click ‘set as default’, and the highlighted list item focus just jumps back to Videos under the Default Application header.

    umount progress bar not shown on an idle MTP mount (probably intentional, it’s quick anyway.)

    i’d like to add a bugreport about cinnamon-settings that clicking on ‘get more online’ tab causes freezes in certain scenarios, but i haven’t bene able to isolate it. It also would be great if there were a single button somewhere that would update all the spices theme/desklet/applet/extension databases as a backgrounded process. maybe tied into mintupdate and/or maybe a yes/no dialog that runs at firstrun of cinnamon-settings on a new system.

    nemo has this weird behavior of popping-under other windows, maximized or not. Chromium also has a tendency of loading into a null desktop space, I can see the window listed in the panel/window-list applet/expo/scale, but i have to Alt-F2-r to be able to focus on the window. maybe it’s just some goofiness with display drivers. [LM17x64 Cinnamon, i3, integrated gfx. xorg-edgers, Linux 3.15.8]

    thank you clem, these bugfixes are much appreciated.

    tiling keyboard shortcuts work as expected
    known wifi AP’s list as detailed here
    cinnamon-settings backspace in text focus works
    mod escape keyboard shortcuts work

    nemo search animation lookin good
    startup apps zeros visible
    proxy on/off switch was confusing, thank you.

  6. Daniel Aug 16,2014 11:49

    The “More Info”-Link in the Desklets/Applets window works. That’s good, but there is no feedback when you click on it. (The first time i tryed i get 4 Tabs in Firefox cause i click 4 times…) Maybe it’s possible to change the Mouse Icon while Firefox starts.

  7. mrman Aug 17,2014 13:57

    Im not sure if anyone knows this but if you play around with the fonts in cinnamon sooner or later (usually sooner) the desktop crashes. I tested this a few times, all you do is change some of the font types, lets say to ubuntu mono or something and as you click to close the fonts menu the desktop freezes. This happens usually when entering and changing a few times.


  8. mr man Aug 17,2014 19:27

    Im not sure if anyone has tested this but if you play around with the slider for panel size using the cursor keys for up and down making it bigger or smaller then sooner or later, usually quite quickly the whole desktop freezes.
    I would hope something like this gets a look because its core functionality

    thanks for all the great work guys

    (also as a request im wondering if we could get semi transparent window borders or even themed GTK transparency effects for Nemo? the rest of cinnamon is beautiful but hampered by a decade or more old GTK look)

  9. Pjotr Aug 17,2014 21:21

    Been using Cinnamon with the Romeo updates for three days now; no malfunction at all. Everything just works fine.

  10. clem Aug 18,2014 10:51

    Thanks everyone!

  11. Kirk M Aug 20,2014 16:14

    I’ve been updating my desktop PC from Romeo since the announcement (this post) and I haven’t encountered a single problem since then. Since this is an older desktop some of the updates, additions and fixes don’t apply but the majority of them do.

    Here are the full system specs via inxi -Fx (just to say I did):

    Note:The “desktop” is Cinnamon of course but shows as “Gnome” in the specs.


    inxi -Fx
    System: Host: firefly42vt Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
    Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana
    Machine: System: Gateway product: DX4822
    Mobo: Gateway model: EG43M Bios: American Megatrends version: P01-A0 date: 08/18/2009
    CPU: Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8400 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 21334.6
    Clock Speeds: 1: 2003.00 MHz 2: 2003.00 MHz 3: 2003.00 MHz 4: 2003.00 MHz
    Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF108 [GeForce GT 430] bus-ID: 01:00.0
    X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau) Resolution: 1440×900@60.1hz
    GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 430/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.4.0 NVIDIA 331.38 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA GF108 High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
    Card-2: Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
    Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic
    Network: Card: Intel 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e ver: 2.3.2-k port: cc00 bus-ID: 00:19.0
    IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:25:11:59:d5:0b
    Drives: HDD Total Size: 1500.3GB (1.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10EADS size: 1000.2GB
    2: id: /dev/sdg model: WDC_WD5003AZEX size: 500.1GB
    Partition: ID: / size: 32G used: 4.3G (15%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 212G used: 11G (6%) fs: ext4
    ID: swap-1 size: 2.63GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
    RAID: No RAID devices detected – /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
    Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 34.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:29C
    Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info: Processes: 176 Uptime: 8 min Memory: 858.5/7984.8MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

    • Monsta Aug 23,2014 11:51

      The desktop is shown as “Gnome” because of the old inxi version. You can get a newer one in Trusty (or even Utopic) repos.

      • Kirk M Aug 28,2014 23:47

        I can get a newer version than the one in Trusty/Linux Mint 17 via the inxi PPA.

        • Kirk M Aug 28,2014 23:54

          Oh, and thanks for the info. I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Just installed the 2.2 version of inxi (had to modify my apt preferences and pin Launchpad higher than Trusty) and it does indeed show the correct desktop.

  12. Patrick Aug 26,2014 08:38

    The latest update seems to finally have fixed some fullscreen problems I had when running some older Windows games that used OpenGL through Wine. Previously fullscreen would produce numerous artifacts, now it seems to work.

    There is one smaller annoyance, however: When a program (not restricted to Wine) uses fullscreen and changes resolution, mouse pointe seems to go into the upper left corner. If a hot corner is set there, the respective action gets executed – in my case I had workspace overview there, so whenever a program goes fullscreen at different resolution, my pc would switch to workspace overview.

    Maybe you guys could change that behaviour eventually, for now I deactivated the upper left corner.

    Otherwise, keep up the great work!

  13. Kevin Anderson Aug 27,2014 14:20

    Number one missing thing in Cinnamon is a keyboard shortcut to move a window between monitors on a multi-monitor setup. It is obvious that Cinnamon knows there are multiple monitors, because right-clicking on the taskbar reveals the option, but no shortcut. Can this be fixed in the update?

  14. Simon Brown Aug 28,2014 21:21

    Kevin. I have the PPA for the cinnamon nightly builds, and I can see the keyboard shortcut for this set up, under a new ‘inter-workspace’ option for windows. Looks like you are going to get your wish in the next major release.

  15. Geert Verbeke Sep 3,2014 20:29

    Hi cinnamon team.

    1. cinnamon is fantastic, greath work !
    2. about the beta test: i don’t have any problem with the newest version, it works good.
    3. I do have a problem or bug with cinnamon and more than 2 monitors. On my system i have 4 monitors. When i start up with KDE or Mate it works perfectly. But when i start with cinnamon it’s start up in fallback mode. I tought that it will be fixet in the latest version, but it isn’t.
    Do you know about this bug ?
    I have test it with Linuxmint 17 64-bit and ubuntu 14.04, all the other window managers are working perfectly with these multiple screens, but only cinnamon crash.

    When i look on the internet, these problems are also on other cinnamon users with multiple screens.
    On the screen configuration in cinnamon there are only 2 screens visible in this tool.

    I want this cinnamon with multiple monitors for make multi user multi seat configurations for use in education. Cinnamon i a greath windows manager and also the best for users who are normal use Windows.

    Thanks for the help

  16. RichardG Sep 10,2014 09:04

    Hi Clem,

    I still have Nemo crash on me from time to time.
    Is there a way to run it with logging/tracing so that you can see what the conditions of a crash are ?
    In M16 (@work) I suspect that having various network-mounts prohibit me from emptying the Trash.
    If I RMB on Trash it’s showing me the popup-window outline and become unresponsive.
    Yesterday I RMB on Trash (in M17 @home) and it instantly died.

    I’d like to help with this if I can by providing logging/tracing of some sort.


  17. Sami Markkanen Sep 11,2014 09:03

    “Clean up orphaned gtk bookmarks at startup” – is this why all my FTP and SSH bookmarks no longer appear in the menu? Nemo 2.2.2 didn’t have this problem. Running on Ubuntu 14.04, BTW.

  18. Rocko Perch Oct 5,2014 14:53

    Nemo 2.2.4 @ Arch Linux

    bookmarks no longer appear in the menu

    Created /home/my_name/.config/gtk-3.0 folder with’bookmarks’ file in it;
    Placed -for-example–>

    smb:// WinSharez1

    Noticed that adding bookmarks through Nemo does not changes the file, so bookmarks need to be manualy added in that file.

  19. AUserInEssex Nov 17,2014 05:40

    A usability suggestion, for the MintMenu options:

    allow a greater delay for the ‘open menu when mouse is over it’ option. At present, the restricted delay means that this hover option works badly with autohiding the panel. For, if the panel is set to show itself only after a delay of a second or so, then the Mint Menu pops up too quickly, sometimes (on some settings) before the panel itself shows!

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