Released Cinnamon 5.4 Desktop Environment for Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”

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The Cinnamon 5.4 desktop environment was marked for release and distribution today along with the upcoming Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” operating system series, which will be released this summer based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish from Canonical.

Cinnamon 5.4 arrives almost seven months later Cinnamon 5.2that you are currently using with your Linux Mint 20.3 “Una” installations, and it contains a newer and more stable JavaScript window manager and interpreter rebased on a more modern version of GNOME’s Mutter window and composite manager, as well as GJS JavaScript bindings for GNOME.

“In preparation for Linux Mint 21, we’re updating Cinnamon’s Javascript interpreter and rebasing its window manager on a more modern version of Mutter,” said lead developer Clement Lefebvre. “It’s a huge task and it requires a lot of code changes in Cinnamon itself and causes a lot of regressions.”

Highlights of the Cinnamon 5.4 desktop environment include resizing the pop-up window for terminals, the ability to copy system information to the clipboard, simplified hotcorner configuration, and support for corner barriers , updated Fractional Scale Switch backend, improved Show Desktop applet, support for application actions (with icons) in the Menu applet, and a port of the xrandr applet to the ‘API Muffins.

With this release, Cinnamon is now able to adapt to logical monitors, where the primary monitor is not always 0. This release also disables some features from previous releases, such as some of the media keys as they are now handled internally through the Muffin window. manager, as well as the hover effect for the display module background.

Other notable changes implemented in Cinnamon 5.4 include better keyboard navigation for the Menu applet, support for the Calendar applet to display the end time of all-day events, a better support for RTL (right to left) layout for Sound applet volume slider. , as well as support for the photoframe desklet to not show hidden files or files located in hidden directories.

The Sound applet has also been updated to hide the microphone mute toggle when the microphone is not in use, and the Power applet now displays text and a value when you drag the brightness slider. Additionally, the Window List applet now gives you the option to change the width of the button.

Many bugfixes are also present to fix duplicate devices in the Power applet, desktop raise/lower layer implementation, applet tooltip placement XApp status on vertical panels, various keyboard shortcuts, documentation, and many other core components.

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