Cinnamon 4.8 comes with improvements for HiDPI, Icons and more

After six months of development, the launch of the new version of the desktop environment "Cinnamon 4.8", within which the Linux Mint developer community is developing a fork of GNOME Shell, the Nautilus file manager, and the Mutter window manager, intended to provide an environment in the classic GNOME 2 style with support for successful interaction elements from GNOME Shell.

This new version of Cinnamon will be offered with Linux Mint 20.1, which is scheduled for mid-December.


Main new features of Cinnamon 4.8

In the new version, we can find a simproved support for fractional scaling, simplified selection of optimal element size on high pixel density (HiDPI) displays.

As well as improved support for displaying icons in the system tray with notifications about the status of Qt-based applications and the Electron platform.

We can also find the redesigned systray icons and symbolic icons added to accommodate high pixel density displays.

Added ability to traverse the layout keyboard by pressing the middle mouse button in the Keyboard Layout Switch applet.

Applets Blueberry, mintupdate, mintreport, nm-applet, mate-power-manager, mate-media, redshift and rhythmbox have been translated to use XAppStatusIcon, which made it possible to give the systray a consistent look. XAppStatusIcon carries the representation of the icon, tooltip, and label next to the applet.

The subprogram XappStatusIcon adds the ability to handle scroll events of the mouse wheel and provides a new function similar to gtk_menu_popup () to facilitate the portability of applications to GtkStatusIcon.

Added a web application manager which allows you to create shortcuts to frequently used sites to quickly open them in a separate window without elements of the browser interface, by analogy with launching common applications. The program supports ICE web application manager which is used for similar tasks in the Peppermint OS distribution.

Added the ability to quickly access the list of the most popular files, selected by the user by analogy with the lists of selected programs and directories.

The list of favorite files shown in a separate section from the applications menu, via a separate applet, in the file selection dialog, in the file manager sidebar, and in some other applications. Like pinned files, When browsing the contents of the directories, the favorites are displayed at the top of the list. Adding to the favorites list is done via the "Add to favorites" item in the context menu.

Rather than being explicitly linked to Cinnamon version numbers, plugins are now perceived as compatible by default with future versions of Cinnamon, eliminating the need for developers to change the linked version each time unless it is broken. compatibility.

In case of a compatibility violation, the inability to work with a particular new version of Cinnamon in plugins must be explicitly specified.

Of the other changes that stand out: 

  • Improved code to work with add-on servers. Proxy caching was added.
  • Added support for Sleep and then Hibernate mode, in which the system first goes into standby mode, but if it does not wake up within a certain time-out, it wakes up and goes into deep hibernation.
  • Added a mode that allows you to display the panel only when the menu is open. By default, the dashboard is constantly displayed.
  • Redesigned menu editor interface. Added button to open selected items from desktop file.
  • The applet for quick display of open windows implements scrolling and placing icons in front of labels.
  • The mechanism for accessing external files has been moved from gvfs-bin to gio-tool.
    Improved integration with Flatpak applications.

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