Jun 7, 2013

How To Install Cinnamon in Ubuntu 13.04 and Remove Unity

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I am finally getting around to building Bauer-Puntu 13.04. The first thing I wanted to do was install Cinnamon. I am building Bauer-Puntu 13.04 using Ubuntu-Gnome, so getting rid of Unity isn't something I am concerned with, but if you are I found the following instructions via Ask Ubuntu:

First you will need to add the Cinnamon PPA and install it.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo
After Cinnamon is installed, logoff or reboot the system and login in Cinnamon. You can customize it now, or later, it's up to you.
Now you will need to make Nemo the default file manager.
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true
Then run the command below, if Nemo opens this means that everything is configured correctly.
xdg-open $HOME
Now, let's get rid of Unity.
I searched carefully at all the files related to Unity, with the help of Synaptic, and gather them all into a single command line. The next command will completely remove Unity and everything related with it, but will keep LightDM, Software Center and all the programs that comes with Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge unity unity-common unity-services unity-lens-* unity-scope-* unity-webapps-* gnome-control-center-unity hud libunity-core-6* libunity-misc4 libunity-webapps* appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt* overlay-scrollbar* activity-log-manager-control-center firefox-globalmenu thunderbird-globalmenu libufe-xidgetter0 xul-ext-unity xul-ext-webaccounts webaccounts-extension-common xul-ext-websites-integration
Please note that there are a few libraries that will remain in the system, they are necessary, removing them will break your programs and possibly the system. These libraries should remain:
gir1.2-unity-5.0 libunity-common libunity-protocol-private0 libunity9 unity-asset-pool unity-greeter
There is a Thunderbird extension called “Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher integration” that needs to be removed from its folder.
sudo rm /usr/lib/thunderbird-addons/extensions/messagingmenu@mozilla.com.xpi
Cinnamon uses Muffin as window manager, so you can safely remove Compiz.
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge compiz compiz-gnome compiz-plugins-default libcompizconfig0
If you installed Nemo you can remove Nautilus as well.
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-sendto-empathy nautilus-share
Optionally, you can remove Zeitgeist, which is considered intrusive by many users, this will also free some memory and reduce hard disk access.
zeitgeist-daemon --quit
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge activity-log-manager-common python-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub
You can also remove configurations files related to Unity, Compiz, Nautilus and Zeitgeist, on your home directory. They are in the following paths:
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