I like the previous versions of Linux Mint Debian. And I'm downloading the new one now. I especially like that the Live OS versions, are ready to us on the Internet (you don't have to manually install Flash and Java to Surf and watch Videos). I Booted up the linuxmint-201204-mate-cinnamon-32bit-rc.iso in VirtualBox, with 512mb of Ram and 64mb of Video Memory to see how it does. It runs quite well, even on these low resources in Vbox. I'm running Vbox on a 1.8ghz Core 2 with 2.5gig of ram and 512mb of Video Memory. Linux Mint Mate - Cinnamon, used from 260 to 290mb of Ram and ran from 50% to 100% of the CPU, when Playing music in a Flash Player in Firefox (see Screenshots). So, it should run great on a Real Hardware System, with more Resources. I have tried out previous versions of Linux Min Debian and I didn't find it any harder to work in than any other Versions of Mint. In fact I much prefer working in a real Debian Based Distro to a Ubuntu Based Distro. Debian has a much more logical way of doing things and you can use 'root' privileges as opposed to "sudo" and that saves me allot of aggravation with "Permission Denied" Errors, when you are trying to get things done. Simple things like changing the Resolution to work with your Video Card and Monitor. And especially when you want to instal some Apps in the Command Line. But, I still much prefer working in Fedora Linux Systems. Mostly because I find Yum Package manager easier to remember the commands when I use it in the Terminal. Such as "yum install package" instead of Debian's, "apt-get install package". This doesn't seem like a big difference, until you get into more complicated commands though. Still, that's just my preference. Not that one is better than the other... If you want a Linux Distro, that is ready to go, right after you Download it. Then I would say, Linux Mint, 201204 Mate - Cinnamon, is a great one to go with!:)
The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint Debian 201204 RC (MATE/Cinnamon & Xfce) released!
The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201204 RC with updated ISOs for MATE/Cinnamon and Xfce.
- MATE 1.2
- Cinnamon 1.4
- Kernel 3.2
- Update Pack 4
- Hybrid ISO images
LMDE in brief
- Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing.
- It’s available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD with MATE/Cinnamon or Xfce.
- The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.
1. Is LMDE compatible with Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions?No, it is not. LMDE is compatible with Debian, which isn’t compatible with Ubuntu.
2. Is LMDE fully compatible with Debian?Yes, 100%. LMDE is compatible with repositories designed for Debian Testing.
3. 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.
4. How does LMDE compare to the Ubuntu-based editions?Pros:
- You don’t need to ever re-install the system. New versions of software and updates are continuously brought to you.
- It’s faster and more responsive than Ubuntu-based editions.
- Although it’s using Romeo for unstable packages, LMDE continuously changes as it receives updates and new software. Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once it’s publicly released, it’s not as stable. Things are likely to break more often but fixes can also come quicker. For this reason, LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
- Debian is a less user-friendly/desktop-ready base than Ubuntu. Expect some rough edges.
- About the installer: The live installer is developed from scratch with Debian in mind. It’s configurable and it can be re-used by other Debian-based distributions. We noticed a lack in live technologies and in live Debian installers, so we’re happy to take the lead on this. If you’re a developer and you’re interested in using it, have a look at its source repository and don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help you fork it and merge upcoming changes between our two projects.
- About bugs: Please use this blog to report bugs.
- About the media: It comes as a liveDVD. Locales work differently in Debian and the package base requires more space.
- Dedicated chat room: #linuxmint-debian is open to LMDE users on irc.spotchat.org.
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