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.
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
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)
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.
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.