Thinkcloud (1901664) writes "Clement Lefebvre, founder the Linux Mint project says tha the forked Gnome shell Cinnamon is based on Mutter and Gnome 3 while the latest relase, Cinnamon 1.1.3, adds stability." Link to Original Source
...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has
been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor.
- Fred Brooks, Jr.