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Cinnamon 2.0 in Linux Mint 16, no GNOME back-end

Cinnamon 2.0 will be a completely independent desktop environment, Clement Lefebvre reveals to Linux User & Developer in an exclusive interview.

In an interview for an upcoming issue of Linux User & Developer, Linux Mint developer Clement Lefebvre, aka Clem, revealed some of the plans for the future of Linux Mint and Cinnamon – most importantly, how recent developments have caused the team to finally move to making the code base independent of GNOME:

Clement Lefebvre: Basically, in [Cinnamon] 2.0 you won’t be running GNOME at all

Linux User & Developer: So will [Cinnamon] 2.0 be in [Linux] Mint 16?

Lefebvre: This is both something we want and something we have to do. Yes.

Ubuntu Cinnamon MATE
Cinnamon will become independent in the next version

He went on to talk about how Ubuntu deciding to stay on GNOME 3.6 caused the issues that meant Cinnarch becoming Antergos, and Manjaro dropping the Cinnamon spin, even when a GNOME 3.8 compatible Cinnamon entered the Arch repos.

You can read the full interview, covering the future of Linux Mint and Cinnamon, in an upcoming issue of Linux User & Developer Magazine.