2.2.2. The Desktop#

When you log in, you will be placed in the default desktop environment. In the case of Linux Mint, this is Cinnamon.


If you are using the virtual machine image distributed with this book, the default user account for logging in to the virtual machine, is:

Username: user
Password: user

In its default configuration, the Cinnamon desktop includes the following components (Fig. 17):

Applications Menu

— search and launch installed applications, logout, shutdown or restart system.


— launch pinned applications, manage open applications windows.

System Tray

— contains applets for managing the network, sound, power, software updates etc.,


— provides current date and time, and a calendar.


Fig. 17 Components of the Cinnamon desktop#