The Linux Mint staff quietly launched the Cinnamon 5.6 desktop setting, a serious replace that might be included by default within the upcoming Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” working system this Christmas.

Cinnamon 5.6 has been in growth for the previous few months and comes as an improve to Cinnamon 5.4 launched in June 2022. Likely, current Linux Mint customers will obtain the replace shortly, however Cinnamon 5.6 is included by default in Linux Mint 21.1.

Till Linux Mint 21.1 hits the streets later in December, I took the freedom of putting in Cinnamon 5.6 on my Arch Linux machine to try the brand new options and enhancements. One of many largest modifications on this launch was highlighted by the Linux Mint chief himself Clement Lefebvre within the challenge’s newest publication.

Sure, I am speaking about nook bar, a brand new applet positioned on the appropriate fringe of the taskbar to make it simpler for customers to see the desktop after they have many home windows opened. As you possibly can think about, the Nook bar applet replaces the standard Present Desktop icon subsequent to the appliance launcher, which, in flip, was changed by a separator.

As with many Cinnamon applets, nook bar may be configured. Subsequently, it is possible for you to to alter the conduct of the clicking motion from the default of exhibiting the desktop to exhibiting the desklets, the Expo View (workspace selector), or the Scale View (window selector).

There’s additionally a center click on motion that, by default, reveals the desklets. This will also be configured to point out the desktop, Expo View, or Scale view. If you happen to do not need to configure the Nook bar applet, you possibly can simply right-click on it to get prompt entry to all these actions.

Cinnamon’s Nook bar in motion

As well as, the nook bar helps a function referred to as “peek-to-desktop”, which may be enabled on mouse hover. Because the identify suggests, this function enables you to take a sneak peek at your desktop whenever you drag information over the nook bar applet.

After all, this bumps your productiveness when you may have many home windows open and also you need to drag information onto your desktop. The peek-to-desktop function is disabled by default for the mouse hover motion, so you will must allow it from settings, and the most effective half is which you can configure hover delay and window opacity.

Nook bar’s peek-to-desktop function in motion on mouse hover Nook bar’s peek-to-desktop function in motion when dragging information

“It is a function that was carried out in Home windows. Though the nook bar is much less noticeable/discoverable than the show-desktop applet it is simpler to make use of as soon as you realize it is there. It occupies the nook of the display so you may get there quick with out aiming and with a fast motion of the mouse,” defined Clement Lefebvre.

Different new options embody a brand new setting to set the length of a notification, help for key bindings to the Inhibit Applet, the power to lock desklets in place, provides keyboard shortcuts to allow you to transfer home windows to observe above (Tremendous+Shift+Up) or beneath (Tremendous+Shift+Down) in multi-monitor setups, and provides a brand new type-to-search function for shortcut names in Keyboard settings.

Configuring notification length
Looking keyboard shortcuts

Cinnamon 5.6 additionally improves keyboard navigation within the Scale View and Expo View, improves the presentation of terminal arguments, improves the descriptions of a number of keybindings, and separates Gentle, Darkish, and Darker themes, and renames “Preferences” to “Applet preferences” in applets the place it would confuse customers.

After all, there are a lot of under-the-hood modifications to make Cinnamon sooner and extra secure. All in all, it seems to be like Cinnamon 5.6 leaves as much as its identify of being a light-weight, but fashionable desktop setting for GNU/Linux distributions. If you happen to’re utilizing Arch Linux, you possibly can set up Cinnamon 5.6 proper now!

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