How to Install Cinnamon 1.8 on debian 7.0 (Wheezy)

Cinnamon is a user interface. It is a fork of GNOME Shell, initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. It attempts to provide a more traditional user environment based on the desktop metaphor, like GNOME 2. Cinnamon uses Muffin, a fork of the GNOME 3 window manager Mutter, as its window manager from Cinnamon 1.2 onwards

What is new in version 1.8

File Manager

Nemo received a lot of attention. Its user interface was heavily modified and its behavior was adapted to integrate better with Cinnamon.You can now easily hide the sidebar and switch back and forth between places and treeview. Under each place, if applicable, a small bar indicates how much space is used.


Cinnamon now features its own screensaver. One of its particularities is that you can define an away message before locking up your screen.

Control Center

All configuration modules are now present in Cinnamon Settings. You no longer need to use Gnome Control Center.


KDE calls them Plasmoids, Android calls them Widgets, in Cinnamon they’re called “Desklets”. The same way you can add applets to your panel, you can add desklets to your desktop.

Spices Management

In Cinnamon 1.8 you can install “spices” (i.e. applets, desklets, themes, extensions) straight from your desktop.

New features for developers

Settings API for Applets/Desklets

If you’re an Applet/Desklet developer, don’t use gsettings anymore. Cinnamon 1.8 features a settings API which will do all the work for you.

It will set up your settings and default values for you, automatically.
It will allow you to access your settings just as easily as you access values in an array.
It will generate a configuration screen for you, automatically.

Install Install Cinnamon 1.8 on Debian 7

Open the terminal and run the following commands

$ su –

Edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

#vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb debian main import

Save and exit the file

Now import the GPG key

# gpg –keyserver –recv-keys 3EE67F3D0FF405B2


# gpg –keyserver –recv-keys 3EE67F3D0FF405B2

# gpg –export 3EE67F3D0FF405B2 > 3EE67F3D0FF405B2.gpg

# apt-key add ./3EE67F3D0FF405B2.gpg

# apt-get update

# apt-get install cinnamon

Thanks to alex for key import steps




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9 thoughts on “How to Install Cinnamon 1.8 on debian 7.0 (Wheezy)

  1. LOL, you CAN’T get the keyring package until you update once…I just reproduced it twice…. learn to write proper manuals bro.

  2. From the main article..
    # echo deb debian main import backport upstream romeo >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    # apt-get install linuxmint-keyring
    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install cinnamon

    are you dumb or blind…?? The next time you’ll try to behave ironically at me with your LOL comment…read the main text twice..please..

  3. I don’t know what is wrong with You. Why You don’t understand that You CAN’T do ‘apt-get install linuxmint-keyring’ BEFORE you UPDATE package lists from repository. This is 3rd party software repository in Debian (from Mint Debian Edition not Debian itself) and package ‘linuxmin-keyring’ is from it. You don’t have information about this package in clear Debian APT system and ‘echo’ only updates configuration list, not package list.

    Don’t belive? Get clear Debian (4 eg. Debian 7 Live CD) and try:

  4. I hate when some ppl come and behave like demigods.I just can’t ignore such “Rock Star” behavior and not answering..I suppose everybody comes here to help and not feed their selfishness

    I understand what you say but I answered to the first guy with the gpg error.
    The way I get rid of the gpg error was first install keyring and then apt-get update.I did’t go further on the topic and I was STILL talking about the gpg error. And YES to install keyring you have to do apt-get update before to update the package list but it comes up to that gpg error.

  5. @oDafanos

    “raa” is right, you missed a couple of things:

    1. importing Mint key first is crucial, unless you want to install malware, see, which says:

    gpg –keyserver –recv-keys 3EE67F3D0FF405B2

    gpg –export 3EE67F3D0FF405B2 > 3EE67F3D0FF405B2.gpg

    apt-key add ./3EE67F3D0FF405B2.gpg

    2. apt-get update to update repositories info since Mint meta data is signed with the above key

    3. apt-get install linuxmint-keyring

    4. apt-get install cinnamon

  6. Nice find but this procedure is not compatible with Debian testing (jessie). I get dependencies errors.

    Any change for a debian repository including cinnamon? possible version 2.0..

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