High CPU & freeze with Linux Mint 13 / Cinnamon

Linux Mint is AWESOME. I am running Cinnamon as my desktop session, which is a fork of Gnome 3. It make Linux sooooo usable. I love it 😀 However there were two fairly serious issues that were present in its initial release:

  1. Random system freezes
  2. Your desktop session quite frequenty freezes (reported here), and you can only press Ctrl+Alt+Del to kill the session and return the login prompt. This force closes all apps, which means… Data Loss!! Fortunately, this issue has now been rectified , and by doing a system update (via the integrated update manager app), you’ll get the fix automatically. Do it!

  3. High CPU
  4. This is a currently unfixed issue, reported here. The current solution (that works for me) is to replace the contents of keyboard.gnome-settings-plugin, as described in comment #85 and also disable a num-lock related dconf setting, as described in comment #107. Do it!

With these two MAJOR issues out of the way, I have the best linux desktop experience of 2012. Thank you Linux Mint / Cinnamon team!