… 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.
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.