I would like to install Nemo file manager in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, however I read that installing from Ubuntu software or via apt would also install cinnamon dependencies, and this could be risky for the system integrity. Is that true?
An article at linuxuprising speaks of "some annoyances/inconveniences", such as the sidebar has a gray area at the bottom and the file/folder rename box doesn't have a border: if these are the only issues, they are certainly tolerable. I also read a 10 months old question at askubuntu, where I discovered that there is a ppa with a Nemo version without cinnamon dependencies, but still after 10 months it does not include a version for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.
What would you suggest to do? Using Nemo for Ubuntu by Doug McMahon is a valid and safe solution?

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    I use nemo from universe and it works just perfect.
    – pLumo
    Mar 20, 2019 at 17:51
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    See packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/nemo. Besides a single small cinnamon library, no dependencies for the cinnamon desktop.
    – pLumo
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:00
  • nemo from universe is the official package which can be found and installed from Ubuntu software?
    – Asarluhi
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:34
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    You would be better using the repo Nemo, it works ok and is a newer version of the one in ppa (which is for 18.04 and only 18.04 so don't understand your statement there..) The ppa version is meant for a unity session & also meant to handle the desktop & be default file manager. The only downside of that nemo version is it's slow to search files, this was fixed in the newer version.
    – doug
    Mar 21, 2019 at 0:14

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I do not see any problems here:

  1. Add the universe repository

    sudo add-apt-repository universe
  2. Install Nemo (nemo package)

    • with default dependencies

      sudo apt-get install nemo

      The following NEW packages will be installed:
      cinnamon-desktop-data cinnamon-l10n fonts-lato gawk gist hddtemp hwdata inxi javascript-common libcinnamon-desktop4 libjs-jquery libnemo-extension1 libpython-stdlib libruby2.5 libsigsegv2 libxapp1 lm-sensors mesa-utils nemo nemo-data nemo-fileroller net-tools python python-minimal python2.7 python2.7-minimal rake ruby ruby-did-you-mean ruby-json ruby-minitest ruby-net-telnet ruby-power-assert ruby-test-unit ruby2.5 rubygems-integration xapps-common

    • or without recommended dependencies

      sudo apt-get install nemo --no-install-recommends

      The following NEW packages will be installed:
      cinnamon-desktop-data libcinnamon-desktop4 libnemo-extension1 libpython-stdlib libxapp1 nemo nemo-data python python-minimal python2.7 python2.7-minimal xapps-common

    The latter seems to be the solution for your question.

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