Tux Tuesday: Linux Mint Debian (201009) Released
Article by George Norman
On 07 Sep 2010
As part of our Tux Tuesday coverage, the day when we here at FindMySoft focus on Linux and Linux-related news, we reported that Linux Mint 9 “Isadora” Fluxbox has been released to the public as a final, stable version. The operating system is available for download as a 32-bit liveCD here.

We have some more great news from the Linux Mint team. The Linux Mint team announced the release of Linux Mint Debian (201009). This 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.


The release of Linux Mint Debian represents a big day for the Mint team and Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre explains why:

“Today is very important for Linux Mint. It’s one day to remember in the history of our project as we’re about to maintain a new distribution, a rolling one, which promises to be faster, more responsive and on which we’re less reliant on upstream components. Linux Mint Debian Edition comes with a Debian base, which we transformed into a live media and on top of which we added a new installer. It’s rougher and in some aspects not as user-friendly as our other editions, it’s very young but it will improve continuously and rapidly, and it brings us one step closer to a situation where we’re fully in control of the system without being impacted by upstream decisions.”

If you would like to get Linux Mint Debian, you can download the operating system here.

Before you get Linux Mint Debian, 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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