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Friday, 4 May 2012

Linux Mint Debian 201204 released!

 A milestone has been reached. LMDE 1 is out. So far everything just works. Superb.

Even avid Ubuntu fanboys will be very impressed with this release. If you are a "power user" of Linux you have no choice. This is the distro for you.

All the goodness of the new kernel and Gnome plus a familiar environment to work in.

LMDE is based on Debian and use the Debian (Ian and Debbie) repositories and Mint repositories directly and not the Ubuntu repositories. That does not mean that you can not use some of the "Ubuntu" based software as Ubuntu is also based on Debian and you will find the original source in Debian. Of course loading Unity ( :0 ) is not straight forward but then you are looking at alternatives for that very reason!

Unity has it's place and Mark's team has done amazing work but it's not for me.

Try LMDE, you may just like it!

The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201204.
This release features three of the best Linux desktops available at the moment: The traditional and functional MATE 1.2 desktop, the innovative and beautiful Cinnamon 1.4 and the lightweight and rock-solid Xfce 4.8.
Both the MATE/Cinnamon and Xfce editions use the MDM display manager. MDM will look familiar to many people, as it brings back GDM 2.20 and all its features: Remote login, configuration tools, fast-user switching, theme-ability, language selection…etc.
I decided to do a clean install as my previous LMDE install was ok but not perfect due to some mistakes I made.

Installing it is simple. Download the 64 bit LMDE ISO torrent file from here

Install UNetbootin from here and create a bootable USB. Initially I did not use a persistence file and the install failed as it ran out of disk space on the tmp file system. Weird but I simply redid the USB drive with a persistence file and all was OK. I have not investigated so it may not really be an issue.

Here is the install:

















5 minutes later.



If this was Ubuntu I will still be reading adverts about stuff I am not really interested in. If you install LMDE on a blank drive the install takes 10 minutes or less. No extra file are downloaded but both MATE and Cinnamon is available. Ubuntu could do this but people insist on 650MB CD's even though a 4GB USB drive costs nothing these days. Go figure.  

Oh yes, When last did you see this on a fresh install?








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