I would like to install Cinnamon on my openSUSE 13.1 minimal installation. But I've the following Problem. I add the repo install it from Yast/Zypper.

sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/Cinnamon:/Factory/openSUSE_13.1 Cinnamon
sudo zypper ref Cinnamon
yast/zypper in -t pattern Cinnamon

My Problem is that X11 isn't in the dependencies so I've to install the pattern manually. I've done that but how can I start Cinnamon now? When I try to execute startx it says that startx isn't installed...

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You can get "startx" by installing xinit:

$ zypper install xinit

Then make sure xinit is configured in your $HOME/.xinitrc so that startx loads cinnamon. Something like this:


#exec gnome-session
exec gnome-session –session=cinnamon

Make the ‘.xinitrc’ file executable.

$ chmod a+x .xinitrc

You can next time figure it out by searching:

$ zypper search --provides /usr/bin/startx

Or by using the "command not found" utility, which I will skip here.

Alternatively, you can start the full graphical login manager:

$ systemctl start xdm.service

Or You can start the target instead of the service only:

$ systemctl list-units --type=target
basic.target         loaded active active Basic System
graphical.target     loaded active active Graphical Interface


$ systemctl start graphical.target

If you use the login manager, you should be able to select Cinnamon from the session list.

You can use "status" instead of start to see why it failed in case X does not start.

  • Thanks a lot! Now something starts but I'm pretty sure that it isn't cinnamon. I get a grey background with a small shell which looks like it was used about 20 years ago :-). Do I've to change the default DE somewhere? Jan 28, 2014 at 8:58
  • I updated the answer with instructions on how to configure the session in both the xinit and the login manager methods.
    – duncan
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:18

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