Originally Posted by gacanepa
... I ended up installing Linux Mint and using its repositories. As you said, almost everything in Debian's repos is already available for Mint. ...
If you really would rather follow Debian's repositories there is the Mint Debian edition which tracks Debian's testing repositories:
Be advised that this is not the same as tracking Debian stable. The testing branch is Debian's development (or beta) system. It is considered a "rolling release" version because the testing branch is never really done. When a new stable version of Debian comes out, a new testing branch is automatically created.
However, the testing branch of Debian is usually much more stable than the beta versions of many other distros that have more of a cutting edge focus than Debian's focus on stability.
The Mint Debian edition is a "semi rolling release" distro because:
What is a semi-rolling distribution?
Updates are constantly fed to Debian Testing, where users experience frequent regressions but also frequent bug fixes and improvements. LMDE receives "Update Packs" which are tested snapshots of Debian Testing. Users can experience a more stable system thanks to update packs, or switch their sources to follow Testing, or even Unstable, directly to get more frequent updates.
as it says in that link.