How to Remove “Unity” and Install Cinnamon and Mate Desktop in Ubuntu

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23 Responses

  1. ns says:

    sudo apt-get install cinnamon

    Did not work for me

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    cinnamon : Depends: cinnamon-screensaver (>= 3.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: gir1.2-xapp-1.0 but it is not installable
    Recommends: gnome-themes-standard but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: cinnamon-bluetooth but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  2. brazz says:


    I had installed Cinnamon Desktop on my beta Ubuntu Gnome Yaketty 16.10, and it worked best in the world! But in recent days, following an update, he reported it required gir1.2-xApp-1.0 and so I have more cinnamon desktop.

    I even uninstalled completely Cinnamon and reinstalled from the beginning but this is identical. It seems that at present it is impossible to install Cinnamon on the 16.10 version of Ubuntu.

    How and when this will be corrected in the review ?


  3. Troy says:

    Can I install the mate first and then remove unity?

  4. cecilia says:

    I have ubuntu 16.04 and installed Cinnamon about a month or 2 ago. It looks fine but what is this ?
    The setting GUI is on the right side of this image while the icon and menu placement is on the other side (so you can hopefully recognize this program).

    It seems to be interfering with my ability to log in automatically
    At this point I have to log into Chrome everytime I boot up.

    How can I get rid of this program?

  5. imran says:

    It has corrupt my running Ubuntu 16.06 graphics, somehow i recovered but even after removing the packages its still showing on login shell.
    Tecmint kindly test and then upload

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Sorry for trouble, but trust me I’ve personally tested 4-5 times, before publishing the article, for me all went fine without any trouble..

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