Linux Mint Debian (201012) Is Out
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jan 2011
Back in September the Linux Mint team rolled out Linux Mint Debian (201009). During the winter holidays, when we were busy relaxing after a very tough year, the Linux Mint team was hard at work – just in time for Christmas they rolled out Linux Mint Debian (201012).

This release comes with all the new features that Linux Mint 10 has to offer. If you don’t know what Linux Mint 10 'Julia' has to offer, check out this article from November, when Julia shed its Release Candidate tag and was released as a final version.


Linux Mint Debian also comes with support for 64-bit processors, a performance boost, installer improvements, better fonts, better connectivity and hardware support, better sound support, and updated software and packages.

Linux Mint Debian is a rolling distribution based on Debian Testing. It is currently offered as a 32-bit live DVD with a Gnome desktop. In time Linux Mint Debian will look just like the main Linux Mint edition – the difference will be under the hood. Linux Mint Debian will look and feel like Linux Mint, but it will use Debian as its base.

If you would like to get Linux Mint Debian (201012) you can download the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here .

If you’re new to Linux Mint Debian, before you go get the operating system, perhaps you should take a look at these technical details:
  • Linux Mint Debian is NOT compatible with Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions, it is only compatible with Debian. Linux Mint Debian is fully compatible with repositories designed for Debian Testing or Debian Squeeze.
  • The fact that Linux Mint Debian is a rolling distribution means it will regularly receive updates. You do not have to reinstall the operating system after its ISO images have been updated.
  • Compared to Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions, Linux Mint Debian is faster and more responsive. On the other hand it is less stable because it continuously receives updates and new software. Things work faster, but they are also more likely to break. That is why the Linux Mint Debian user needs to have deep knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
  • Compared to Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions, Linux Mint Debian is less user friendly. This is because Debian itself is less user friendly than Ubuntu.

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