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Old 01-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Use Debian Squeeze's repositories in Linux Mint 14


Is it safe (as far as compatibility is concerned) to use Debian's repositories in Linux Mint 14 Nadia? (Not LMDE)
I would say yes, since Mint is some sort of a Debian's 'grandchild' (Mint is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian), but I would like to hear the opinion of an expert or someone who has done it. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-23-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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I don't believe it would be a good idea. It is based on Ubuntu as you know which even Ubuntu does not use Debian's repositories. Along that line though, what is in Debian's repo that you cannot get via Mint now?

I think you could wind up with update issues and package problems if you tried it.
 
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by jkirchner View Post
I don't believe it would be a good idea. It is based on Ubuntu as you know which even Ubuntu does not use Debian's repositories. Along that line though, what is in Debian's repo that you cannot get via Mint now?

I think you could wind up with update issues and package problems if you tried it.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I had forgotten about this thread. I ended up installing Linux Mint and using its repositories. As you said, almost everything in Debian's repos is already available for Mint. I will mark this as solved and add to your reputation. Thanks a lot!
 
Old 06-24-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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... 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:
http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php
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:
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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.

Last edited by tommcd; 06-24-2013 at 10:22 PM.
 
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:00 PM   #5
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To answer the original question, no, it is not save to use Debian repos in general in Ubuntu, including Mint and other derivatives, and especially not the older Debian Squeeze with the newer Mint 14.
Debian and Ubuntu are not binary compatible. Some packages of one distribution may work in the other, but there is no guarantee at all. Worse, you will get problems with software (for example libraries) existing in different places and in different versions in both distributions.

In short, using the Debian repositories in Ubuntu and derivatives (or vice versa) will break your OS.
 
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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Thanks tommcd and TobiSGD! That was very enlightening. I marked both of your posts as helpful .
 
  


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