Although I don’t mind the Gnome desktop, I use Windows 10 all day at work. So I would prefer to have a similar work flow at home.
My favorite Windows-like Linux distribution, and the one I recommend for newbies to Linux, is Linux Mint with its Cinnamon Desktop environment. I think it is second to none.
So I decided to install the Cinnamon Desktop on my main Ubuntu 20.04 system. It is easy to do. Just open a terminal and paste in this command:
sudo apt install cinnamon-desktop-environment
It will take a while to install. After it is the installation is complete, restart your system.
On the log in screen you have to change the desktop session to Cinnamon. Click on the icon on the bottom right. Then choose Cinnamon. Now you can log in as normal.
When customizing, be aware that under themes you have to use Desktop: cinnamon or the date and time do not appear correctly. Here are my theme settings:
Windows borders: Menta
Mouse Pointer: DMZ-White
There is one casualty of the switch. The Ubuntu Software application is gone. You have to reinstall it. To do so copy and paste the following in the terminal:
sudo apt install ubuntu-software
Press enter, and let it install.
Then find “Software” in the menu, right click, and click “Add to favorites.” Now its ready when you need it.
Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix
One last thing. I would like to mention the Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix project. Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix “is a community-driven remix of Ubuntu, combining Linux Mint’s flagship Cinnamon Desktop with Ubuntu, packed with everything you need to go with it.”
It should be noted though, it is not yet a fully accepted flavor of Ubuntu, and until it gets Canonical’s blessing I cannot recommend using it. But I am hopeful for its future because the Cinnamon Desktop is the best.
UPDATE: I do not recommend doing this. Just install Linux Mint. There are a dozen other problems that have popped up since installing. If you must install Ubuntu use Xubuntu.