The Linux Mint team has been working on improving the performance of the Cinnamon desktop environment, particularly when launching new applications. "We developed a little script and a method to measure how long it took to flood the desktop environment with the creation of 200 windows. We could then measure the time reported by the script to build these 200 windows, and the time it actually took the desktop environment to recover from it and have these windows placed/mapped correctly and ready to be interacted with. Both measures were significantly higher in Cinnamon than in other desktops." The Mint team identified a few bottlenecks to performance which, when fixed, made the Cinnamon desktop more responsive. Details on the improvements can be found in the team's blog post.
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