Orca Installed Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix

… and isn’t impressed. Not only does she find the whole concept of an Ubuntu with Cinnamon desktop kinda … perverted – and not in a good way – but how it’s done, how the makers of Ubu Cin implemented the desktop onto the Ubu base is very lacklustre.

But first things first: Why do I deem the pairing of Linux’s most famous OS with one of the most beloved DEs so perverted? Simples, because Mark Shuttleworth and company Canonical have every reason to be a bit angry at Clement Lefebrve, the head honcho of the Mint dev team, and inventor of the Cinnamon desktop. See, one fine day Clem found he didn’t like Ubu as much anymore and decided to fork of and make a better Ubuntu version. He called it Mint and it was better, much betterer than the original. And when Canonical made their own Gnome3-forked desktop – Unity – he thought it’s no good either so he and his gang made a different fork of Gnome3. They called it Cinnamon and it was better right from the beginning. While Canonical wanted Ubuntu users to jump thru some hoops, Clem’s Cinnamon stayed pretty conservatively with the old, true and trusted user paradigm as we knew it from WinMac since the last ice age.

And Cinnamon was beautiful instead of weird and it gave the users everything they could possibly want, instead of restricting the users by giving them less. And so Mint became kinda numero uno in the DistroWatch charts (yes, I know they don’t count, sue me) and showed its Ubuntu mothership a razzie. Needless to say there wasn’t even a single attempt by Canonical and any Ubuntu-affiliated distros to put up Cinnamon as an original Ubuntu flavour.

Our Indian friends over at It’s FOSS seem to like that shit. :/

But now, after Ubuntu dropped their own Unity desktop and went full force with vanilla Gnome3 (nowdays known as Gnome Shell), many users are so miffed with Ubuntu they are looking for alternative desktops. Pff, as if there wasn’t enough choice as is. I guess Ubuntu is the system with the most desktops and window managers available, so they didn’t really need to jump on the Cinnamon bandwagon. But since we’re living in a free society – much to our friend Karmi’s chagrin – nobody could stop some enthusiastic youngsters (?) from transplanting Cinnamon onto the Ubuntu base. For better or worse. Unfortunately the reslut turned out to be of the worse kind. 😦

Here, have a sneak peek:

You noticed it immediately, didn’t you?

Yes, there is no screenshot function in UbuCin. 😮 Not even the always working Press the Print Key shows any resluts, not even after the initial update. 😦 So how is an eager and hungry distro tester supposed to write a review, huh? Without any illustrations? Are they afraid we could find and expose all the hidden ugly stuff in Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix and show it to the world? Or wot?

But apart from the screenshot failure everything I tried out  in the 5 minutes I gave myself for a thorough test, seems to work satisfyingly. Whoopdidoo, a Linux that somehow works? At the tail end of 2019?

“It’s magic” /she whispers regardfully.

No, I don’t think I’m particularly blind, ugh well, I mean, yes, but honestly I looked up and down and everywhere and couldn’t find the snapshot thingy. Not even plain text searches, in English and German, did heed any result. I mean, ok, this shit is kinda brandspanking new and can only get better … and must get better! Heh, maybe it’ll become a decent operating system once it’s grown up but, honestly, why wait, why give it a second chance?

We already have an Ubuntu with Cinnamon desktop! One that left all the growing pains behind it and is now arguably the most complete, friendly and unfailing Linux distro in the world. Yes, right, we got Linux Mint, we don’t need weaker and wurster alternatives.





  1. But since we’re living in a free society – much to our friend Karmi’s chagrin…

    So says another white German helping to suck out what little life’s blood Africa has left – hooray for Orca’s idea on what a “free society” is!

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    • Far as I know Saffas are pretty happy having us here, since we spend all our money in the SAfrican economy instead of putting our taxes into western militaries. And from our experiences I can attest that SAfrican society is indeed much freeer than all the wannabe free, but heavily supervised, monitored and controlled societies in EU and US.

      But you know as well as I do that I meant with free society the Linux, BSD and FOSS community, which is also free to author, copy and fork software as they please.

      BTW, who says I’m white? Yes, I appear like a typical Frisian girl but I’m 25% of Hebrew blood. So guess what, I’m a fukn Arab somewhere deep inside and I was born with a full compliment of black curls before I turned first into a bald baby and then into the peroxide blonde bombshell I used to be before I went grey.


    • Odd indeed, Neil. And so pointless. But I guess this is just another of those distros, just made to prove a point and test the abilities and skill of the devs. Practical use cases? Who cares? “For real work we’re using Windows and our Android phones.” :/


    • Exactly, Renard. I mean Mint is factually Cinnamon’s home, as it was Clem and team who came up with Cin as their own Gnome3 fork, since they didn’t like Ubuntu’s Unity much. It’s bespoke made for Mint! So if Cin is supposed to run nice and smooth on any distro, it’s Mint.
      But it’s also working very nicely on Manjaro
      and Namib
      … and I guess it’s gonna work flawlessly in Archman as well. And Vanilla, too. 😉 So no reason to miss out on fancy Arch, just because you wanna test Cinnamon.
      Luxurious, easy peasy Arch Linux distros!!! What a time to be alive! 🙂

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      • 🙂 Last year, I had a bit of fun with Manjaro’s implementation of the Cinnamon desktop environment and I thought that it was okay.

        So far, the only desktop environment that I have tried from Namib is the MATE desktop environment.

        By the way, I saw your complaint in the Namib forum.

        I also came across the same problem as you, but in my case, I had an additional browser installed; which worked when Firefox did not.

        I had to use lots of commands in the terminal to get Namib working again.

        For the record, it is not Frederic’s fault because Arch Linux made some changes back in December — changes that screwed things up for a lot of people.

        I am hoping that Frederic updates Namib.

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        • Hubby, who’s still on Namib, sits since quite a while on a failed update. I dunno what files exactly fail but I guess it’s some more every time. He checks the forum eery day but it seems like dead. :/
          By now he’s just about ready to give up on Namib and install Archman instead.


          • 🤔 Hmm. I too have not seen any activity since you last posted your complaint in the Namib forum.

            Tell Hubby to try the following commands in the terminal:

            sudo pacman-key –refresh-keys

            After he has done that, put the following command in the terminal:

            sudo pacman -Rdd libdmx libxxf86dga libxxf86misc && pacman -Syu

            Hopefully, that should work.

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