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I recently got a new computer and installed Mint Cinnamon. I then copied over the contents of my home directory from my previous computer, which was using Ubuntu 12.04. Upon rebooting, the Cinnamon desktop was replaced with what looks like a standard GNOME 3 desktop (applications/places bar up top, windows bar down at the bottom).

I actually like Cinnamon and want to restore my desktop back to using it. Is there a simple way that I can do this? Or did I break everything when copying over the home directory and its configuration files?


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You have probably lost your Cinnamon settings but apart from that you should be OK. Just reinstall Cinnamon:

sudo apt-get remove cinnamon
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

I am not at my computer at the moment so I can't check the package name, it might be mint-cinnamon or something, just make sure you use the correct one.

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Just tried this (including restarting) and it doesn't look like this did anything. Sorry about that! – templatetypedef Jan 5 '13 at 23:48
@templatetypedef, are you sure you are selecting a Cinnamon session at the GDM login screen? Otherwise, you will run your last session, gnome in your case. – terdon Jan 5 '13 at 23:50
@terdon- Just figured that out a second ago, and now it works. :-) Thanks! – templatetypedef Jan 5 '13 at 23:52

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