Cinnamon 3.8 Released, here’s what’s new

Cinnamon is Linux Mint's flagship desktop environment. Started as a Gnome 3 fork, now it is fully independent. A new version of Cinnamon is out with a number of features you will like. It will be shipped with the next version of Linux Mint. Let's see the key changes done in this release.

What's new in Cinnamon 3.8

It will be possible to set the maximum audio output volume in the upcoming version of Cinnamon. In the past, the applet and multimedia keys allowed you to set the sound volume between 0 and 100%. The user could open the sound settings to get access to amplification and set the volume to 150%.

This was changed. A new setting was added to define the maximum sound volume.

Xreader has got the following improvements:

  • A new preferences window and the ability to add history and expand buttons to the toolbar.
  • It is now possible to change the size of the thumbnails and that size is remembered for each document.
  • Support for smooth-scrolling was improved.
  • The app can display the most recently opened documents.

Other interesting changes include:

  • Many various desktop components like desklets, applets, and scripts were ported from Python 2 to Python 3.
  • CSJ script bindings were ported to SpiderMonkey 52.
  • The app switcher now looks and acts similar to Alt+Tab.
  • The Internet time option now uses Systemd to obtain the exact time value.
  • Notification improvements: Better multi-head support and the ability to show notifications at the bottom edge of the screen.
  • The "Close LID" action can be set to instant shutdown for laptops.
  • It is possible to sideload extensions from the local drive.
  • The applet "Show Desktop" has got a new context menu entry, which allows keeping desklets visible when you minimize all windows.
  • gksu is not used any more for elevated operations.
  • Finally, the window manager, Muffin, has been optimized to open and arrange windows ten times faster.

Existing Linux Mint and Ubuntu users can install the updated version right now using the following PPA (should be updated very soon):

Cinnamon Stable PPA

The source code is available on GitHub.

Do you like the changes in this release? Have you tried it in action? Tell us in the comments.

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