Is it possible to install Cinnamon on Debian unstable?

There is no packages for Debian on their official download page, and when i tried to add PPA to my repositories list, it won't install because of lacking dependencies.

Edit (01.05.12)

My actions. I downloaded the source, then ran ./configure in the folder. I got that:

configure: error: Your intltool is too old. You need intltool 0.40 or later.

There were 2 packages, intltool (version 0.50.2) and intltool-debian (version 0.35.0), so i installed the first one. Then it complained that the following packages were not installed or were older than required.

dbus-glib-1 folks libmuffin gjs-internals-1.0 libgnome-menu-3.0 gconf-2.0 clutter-x11-1.0 libstartup-notification-1.0 gobject-introspection-1.0 libcanberra telepathy-glib telepathy-logger-0.2 polkit-agent-1 libnm-glib libnm-util gnome-keyring-1

Unfortunately i could not satisfy the versions and dependencies. Linux Mint claims that "Users can ... switch their sources to follow Testing, or even Unstable, directly to get more frequent updates", so i decided there should not be compatibility problems and just added deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import to my /etc/apt/sources.list.

After that i installed Cinnamon from Linux Mint repositories and when i logged in, there was MATE (i think), not Cinnamon, loaded, with almost unreadable fonts and some other glitches. I decided it is easier to just install LMDE with proper apt repository priorities, than to install Cinnamon on Debian unstable.

So i ultimately failed at my task, but marked one of the answers as correct.

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You can always download source code and compile it. For more information read the instruction in the archive and in debian/ directory. Report how it went.


How about using the source, either the tagged snapshots or the "bleeding edge" repository.

Seems like what's needed to build a .deb package is already around, see debian/ in the source tree.

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