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"The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201403. Highlights: update pack 8; Cinnamon 2.0; MATE 1.6; latest Mint tools and improvements; support for EFI and GPT. If you're new to LMDE, welcome to Linux Mint Debian! LMDE in brief: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian 'Testing'; it is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants as a live DVD with Cinnamon or MATE; the purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian GNU/Linux as a base."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
A very good way to get Debian Testing with less risk of breakages
LMDE is a semi-rolling release based on Debian testing: changes are saved into monthly update packs. I tested the 32-bit Mate version.
The installer was not as easy to use as the normal Mint one and also more limited: you can’t encrypt /home and the only filing system available is ext4.
As usual with Mint, Mate came with Mint’s own Gnomish menu applet and without a pager, but that’s easily remedied. Mate, or perhaps Mint, seems to be getting bloated: this was as big as Pinguy with Gnome 3.
The programs provided included Totem, Banshee, VLC, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Xchat, and LibreOffice. Media codecs and Flash were also provided. A few warnings were left when programs were run from CLI and, of the three media players, only Totem worked.
I had a problem installing new programs: first I got ‘hash sum mismatch’, then next day a 404, so I had to run the software sources tool and select a new mirror. It would have been better if apt-get had tried a different mirror automatically, as yum does. Of course, that’s a Debian problem, not a Mint one, as is the incorrect dependency marking I ran into. Some of the things I installed really should have been there: gufw to enable the firewall and bum to configure the daemons.
Compared to the regular Mint, you get a bigger repository, a semi-rolling release, and an inferior installer. Compared to Debian, you get Mint’s configuration tools: I was able to select my USB speakers — usually a nightmare in Debian — with a few clicks.