Cinnamon, the GNOME2-like GNOME Shell fork, has reached
version 1.2, which is considered fully stable. The new release
brings many new features, but also separates Cinnamon even more
from GNOME Shell.
Among the new features are: desktop effects (for now there are
only 2 animations: fade and scale), multiple desktop layouts, a GUI
to configure Cinnamom and change the theme or enable/disable
extensions and more.
The new version also introduces "Applets", which are special
extensions that behave more or less like GNOME 2 panel applets.
Cinnamon 1.2 comes with 5 such applets: accessibility, recent
documents, removable drives, trash and display (xRandR monitor