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Pro Designed for traditional desktops
Intended for large-screen, non-touch devices that extend traditional concepts with functionality and good looking aesthetic.
Pro Fast, elegant and stable interface
Cinnamon uses a traditional desktop userflow that most computer users are familiar with.
Pro The keyboard shortcut design is very friendly to users with windows background
Your win+E, win+D etc are still working after migrated to cinnamon from windows
Pro Lots of downloadable free themes
Plenty of themes, ready and free to be downloaded and applied with just a couple of clicks in a few seconds, with the file sizes mostly around 0.5 - 1MB.
Pro Nice themes and extensions
Very easy to make this desktop your own both in terms of looks and functionality.
Pro Very easy to customize
Is very easy to customize using the built in theme and applet tools, It automatically installs themes and desktop/panel applets for you, so you mostly won't have to go search online for them.
Pro Very well supported
Has a great community and is very well supported through Linux Mint website.
Pro Actively developed with useful new features in each release
E.g vertical panels are now there.
Pro Stable DE
Pro Vertical panel already available
Pro You can easily get it to look like Windows
You can get it to closely look and behave like Windows with considerable ease. This is a good thing for those switching from Windows, because it gives them a familiar environment, cutting down on the learning curve a bit. Among the popular DE's this is the one that gets you closest with great ease.
Pro Works well with cairo dock on bottom and cinnamenu on top
Pro You can easily get it to look like a Mac
Pro Lot of configuration options
Both Gnome and Cinnamon got the same looking configuration panel. There are 40 sub-panels in Linux Mint Cinnamon's, whenever there a far less with Ubuntu Gnome 3's.
Windows, notification, smart corners, windows overlay, connexion windows... you can have those in gnome, but that require compiz and other stuff.
Con Sometimes freezes
It can sometimes freeze which is really annoying.
Despite Cinnamon being on its stable third version it still crashes occasionally, ranging from plugins all the way to drivers.
Con Few themes
Rather than using actual GTK theming, Cinnamon appears to vye for its own strange infrastructure that isn't compatible across any other desktop.
Con Sound Settings not automatic
On Windows, for example, you can unplug a speaker and it will switch back to the laptop-speaker. In Cinnamon, you have to do it manually.
Con Conservative management without more creativity
It is almost the same management like in 20-years old GNOME 2 environment. Although some elements are new.