How to Install Cinnamon Desktop on Fedora 36 Linux

Cinnamon Desktop Environment is a free, open-source desktop environment based on X Window System created from GNOME 3 by the Linux Community that was frustrated and disappointed with GNOME 3. Cinnamon offers an innovative, clean look that is less bloated than alternative desktop environments and focuses on speed and flexibility.

Cinnamon is the default desktop environment choice for Linux Mint, as many veteran Linux distro hoppers would know and are actively maintained by them. A bonus feature of installing the Cinnamon desktop environment on Fedora is that it uses the GDM display manager, making it easy to switch between GNOME and Cinnamon environments.

Please note, if you prefer using Cinnamon, install the Fedora 36 Cinnamon spin from scratch if you have no interest in using any other desktop environments in the future.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install this alternative desktop environment on your Fedora 36 Workstation desktop as an option choice to switch from GNOME 42 Desktop environment or any other Fedora 36 desktop spin you may have installed.

Update Fedora

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts. This is essential for installing desktop environments, so do not skip it, given how quickly Fedora pushes out updates.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment

Begin the installation of Cinnamon by using the following in your terminal.

sudo dnf group install "Cinnamon Desktop" -y

Once complete, reboot your system, which can be done by typing the following directly into your terminal.


Login to Cinnamon Desktop Environment

Once you have restarted your desktop, you will arrive at your login screen.


First, you need to verify the desktop environment. This is done by clicking the configuration in the top right-hand corner.

Next, select “Cinnamon or Cinnamon (Software Rendering)” instead of the default “GNOME.” 

It is recommended to choose Cinnamon. The Cinnamon (Software Rendering) is a backup if you have issues accessing your graphics card by the default desktop.

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How to Install Cinnamon DE on Fedora 36 Linux

BlueTooth SELinux Issue

When you first log in, you may find an issue around an SELinux policy issue with Bluetooth. This can be fixed by using the following terminal command.

sudo ausearch -c 'blueman-mechani' --raw | audit2allow -M my-bluemanmechani

Then execute using the command.

sudo semodule -X 300 -i my-bluemanmechani.pp

Only do this if the SELinux error occurs.

Alternatively, you can use the taskbar notification to inform you of the issues you can ignore and delete.


How to Install Cinnamon DE on Fedora 36 Linux

Next to the network sign, this will be in your bottom right notification bar. Also, if you encounter further issues, you can see what they are and the commands to enter in your terminal to exclude them if you need to.

First Look at Cinnamon Desktop Environment

The first recommended option is to go to the “Themes” and select light or a dark theme if the default does not appeal to you.

How to Install Cinnamon DE on Fedora 36 Linux

Next, select your theme, by default, light theme, but as the tutorial showed, you can change this to dark or whatever theme suits your taste. Also, you can configure the interface in this menu.

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How to Install Cinnamon DE on Fedora 36 Linux

The taskbar is designed by default at the bottom and all windows bars for a classic desktop feel.

But you be the judge if this style of desktop environment suits you or not; Cinnamon can be adjusted.

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How to Install Cinnamon DE on Fedora 36 Linux

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How to Update/Upgrade Cinnamon Desktop Environment

Run the standard dnf update commands for future updates for the Cinnamon desktop environment and any default DNF packages.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

How to Remove (Uninstall) Cinnamon Desktop Environment

Use the following terminal command for users who wish to remove the desktop environment.

sudo dnf group remove "Cinnamon Desktop" -y

Once complete, reboot your system.


With Fedora alternative desktop installs, removing these mostly works well, but you may find some leftover applications or instabilities you need to fix yourself. Unless it is vital, it is recommended to keep alternative desktop environments rather than remove them.

Comments and Conclusion

Overall, compared to other alternative desktop environments of Cinnamon, the Fedora version is one of the most polished compared to the original Cinnamon Desktop of Linux Mint and is an excellent alternative for users that want to switch between desktops. One of the best things about using Cinnamon or, for that matter, any alternative desktop that is in Fedora’s repository is that they are often updated quickly when new releases arrive.

Ideally, you can install this package and switch depending on your mood if you have a decent system. If you prefer desktop jumping, it’s worth checking out if the looks appeal to you. If unsure, I suggest installing a VM first, then on your main machine.

For further information on using the Cinnamon desktop environment, visit the official documentation.


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