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Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC preview

March 13, 2013
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Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC has been released. Linux Mint Debian is one of my favorite distros, so I’m very happy to see an update to it.

If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a brief description.

  • 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 or Cinnamon.
  • The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.

Note also that Linux Mint Debian Edition is a rolling release. Once you install it, you won’t need to upgrade in the same sense that you’d have to upgrade a version that is based on Ubuntu. You can get it in 32-bit or 64-bit live versions, and you can also choose between the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments.

I downloaded the MATE version for this sneak peek.

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC MATE Menu

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC MATE Menu

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Welcome Menu

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Welcome Menu

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Partition Disk

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Partition Disk

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Boot Menu

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Boot Menu

Here are the torrent download links:

What’s New in Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC

Here’s a sample of what’s new in this release:

  • Update Pack 6
  • MATE 1.4
  • Cinnamon 1.6
  • Installer improvements (graphical timezone and keyboard selection, support for installation on multiple HDD, slideshow, webcam and face picture support)
  • Plymouth splash screen

I wanted to include a list of what is in Update Pack 6, but I can’t seem to find one. Please post more info in the comments if you know.

Here’s a list of changes in MATE 1.4:

Numerous bug fixes
mate-keyring and libmatekeyring backends updated and now integrate properly
caja-dropbox package now available
New themes added to mate-notification-daemon
Removed indicator-applet-session
File sharing now available via bluetooth
Added option to use fast alt-tabbing when compositing is enabled in marco
mate-icon-theme-faenza now available
mate-character-map now available
mate-screensaver now supports GDM user switching
Removed nyancat from the mate-desktop about dialog
Forked libwnck (now libmatewnck)
Caja improvements:
Restored toggle button for text based location bar
Bookmarks can now be opened in the places side pane via the enter and space keys
Added a button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog

You can get more information about Cinnamon 1.6 on the Cinnamon site.

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Update Pack 6

Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC Update Pack 6

Final Thoughts About Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC

I had no problems installing or running Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC. It ran very well for me. I noticed that it seemed to be quite fast too.

If you haven’t used it, I highly recommend a download. Since it’s a live DVD, you can run it without having to do an install. You might also want to check the known problems list too.

One of the questions I get from a lot of folks is “what’s your favorite distro?” Well, if I had to pick one, this would probably be it. You get all of the Linux Mint elegance on top of a sweet Debian base. What’s not to love about that? And since it’s a rolling release, you never really have to bother with upgrading in the same way you would with the versions of Linux Mint that are based on Ubuntu.

What’s your take on this distro? Tell me in the comments. For distro reviews, visit Desktop Linux Reviews.

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4 Responses to Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC preview

  1. Michael on March 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Any news about KDE LMDE?

  2. Brian Masinick on March 14, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    My opinion on the latest LMDE version is that it is a significant improvement to the previous edition. My primary beef with the previous version I had used (and I gave it a good look for at least a couple of months) was that it had problems with its boot manager. The implementation of GRUB, the boot manager, that was previously used acted as if LMDE was the only distribution worth using; rebooting, for example, would put you RIGHT BACK into LMDE instead of presenting a list of other systems.

    For some people, who only use one system, that is not an issue. For me, it was a deal breaker.

    That issue is nicely resolved in the Release Candidate that Jim describes. I’d agree with Jim that this version may be just right for those who want “a rolling release, you never really have to bother with upgrading in the same way you would with the versions of Linux Mint that are based on Ubuntu.”

    Of course, Debian, particularly in the “Testing” and “Unstable” (Sid) variations, are always rolling release versions, the “Install once” and upgrade for years, until you get a new system or simply “get bored” and want to implement something else.

    Personally, I am still a Debian user, first and foremost. Nearly all of the software I use on a regular basis is either true Debian software or a derivative of Debian that is 100% compatible with Debian; antiX, SimplyMEPIS, and siduction are three examples, each of which I use. LMDE may get added to that list, but as it currently stands for me, I still use Debian Sid more than all of the others combined, so for LMDE to slip onto that list and get more than 1% of my system usage is unlikely. That said, it’s a very good distribution. For someone who is already using it, or for someone who is looking for a system that they can install, use immediately, and continue to use it for months, or even for several years, this particular version is worthy of your investigation and consideration.

  3. colin on March 14, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    regarding a list of what was in UP6: When I went from UP5 to UP6 there were hundreds and hundreds of new packages that got updated, so I assume that an exhaustive list wouldn’t be much fun to look at.

    Thanks for your reviews, I always enjoy them.

    cheers,
    colin

    • Jim Lynch on March 14, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Aaah, I see. Thanks, Colin. That explains it. Good to know.



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