Originally Posted by zodwiertu
That's not the point : ). He said that LMDE (which I've just started downloading) is identical to Debian only it allows non-free software. I wonder why is it so smaller in size then?
I am downloading GNOME edition. I am eager to try this Xfce, but I read that Mint was designed for GNOME and I think it's better to stay with the default choice for me. At least now.
This is a misunderstanding. The Debian install-DVD (DVD #1) is only the first part of a set of 8 DVDs, which contain the complete free repository. Not all what is on this DVD is installed when you choose the standard install. You can install an almost complete Debian desktop with only the first CD (from a set of 52 CDs), only some minor applications have to be installed from the second CD.
But it is not harder to compare those sizes, because the Debian disc is a install-disc (installer and repositories), while the LMDE-disc is a live-system, that will be copied to the harddisk at install time.
And by the way, LMDE is not identical to Debian, it adds some applications, some Mint-specific, like the menu or the backup-application, and some that are not in the Debian repositories (at least in this form), like Firefox and Thunderbird.