I want to share the solution of a ‘crashing cinnamon’ every time I installed the latest kernel. I never gave it much thought and reverted back to the standard kernel which was working just fine.
Now I made it my project to be able to run the latest kernel which is at the moment 4.8.1 and NOT see the message ‘Cinnamon running in software-rendering mode‘.
I discovered that it was never the kernel but the nvidia driver that was the reason for this annoying message.
Main components of my setup
I tried the standard drivers from nouveau. I tried the proposed drivers from the application ‘Driver Manager’ which was Nvidia-361. No such luck.
Then it occurred to me that Nvidia might have a newer version of the driver.
I downloaded this driver and I will tell you how I installed it in the tutorial.
Running the latest kernel without ‘crashing’ now.
There are still more steps to take which I will discuss in this tutorial.
You can not just run the downloaded driver from Nvidia.