jeffreyC wrote:If it is based on Lubuntu 10.04 how stable can it really be called ?
Lubuntu 10.04 is a beta release; not official Canonical, not LTS, not even a release candidate.
Not that I don't like it , but if it isn't LTS ?
It's stable when it's declared as such by the Mint testers and by Clem. Lubuntu pulls from the same code base as does Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. Just because they opted to call their release a Beta, it doesn't really mean anything as the entire system has been reworked for Mint. I just used it as it was closest to the package selection that I needed to build Mint Fluxbox.
Most of the reason that Lubuntu 10.04 is called a Beta has to do with minor UI inconsistencies and the fact that Lubuntu was rather anxious to start working on 10.10. Since Mint Fluxbox doesn't use LXDE this is a non-issue. Even with the LXDE edition I pulled the critical updates from development branches to get them into the stable Mint release.
Mint 9 Fluxbox will get Canonical security updates for the duration of the LTS support lifespan as will everything else based on the 10.04 code base that has the lucid-updates and lucid-security repositories enabled. Terms such as "stable" are very subjective and often have little to do with the actual stability in question. Here at Mint we have rather rigorous testing standards and nothing is declared "stable" until we feel it's ready.