nunol wrote:Partition is not that hard and it's fixable, you can use Gparted from the LiveDVD or USB pen to grow the current partitions to the desired size.
LMDE is rolling, that means you are always updating software, every week, sometimes every day in a continuous way, that is way is called rolling. You only install once but update many.
Broken packages? That can be fixed. You are using a 6 months ISO, but once installed it should be less problematic.
You should fix this install or delay the LMDE install until the next ISO arrives but if you feel this way about rolling distros maybe you should use Mint 11 or stay with LTS releases.
Need help to fix your partitions?
sudo fdisk -l
nunol wrote:LMDE is not for everyone, you need a lot of downloads and some fixes when the upgrades go wrong but it is a learning experience. It's a trade off, that's why there is both Mint Debian based and Ubuntu based.
Now, to fix your partition scheme. Can you post a Gparted picture of your partition or run and paste the output:
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sudo fdisk -l
Knowing how to use Gparted is easy, here you have a video tutorial and a webpage tutorial:
ThistleWeb wrote:Partitioning isn't that hard after you understand some basics of what it's asking you to do.
ThistleWeb wrote:Regardless of whether it's a cyclic or rolling distro, you always have updates. When you first install a distro, you'll have updates that were released from the time the iso was created until the day you install. Sometimes this can be a lot of updates. The difference between a rolling and cyclic distro is that a cyclic disto has a cut off point, there is a fixed date maybe 18mnths in the future where the support is withdrawn, so you have to make plans to reinstall a newer version or upgrade to a newer version. The LTS distros are cyclic, but instead of 18mnths, it's 3yrs. A rolling distro means you just keep it updated every few days and you'll never have to reinstall. There is no end of the line cutoff date.
A few other distros have the rolling approach like Arch and OpenSUSE (through Tumbleweed). The Debian Testing repo approach is a decent balance for rolling stability, the downside is that some packages can be kinda old.
The only way you're gonna get a rolling distro without that initial splurge of updates post install, is a netinstall. Debian and Arch both offer this option where the packages are not on the CD, but get pulled from the internet at the time of install. Given your level of experience with the Debian installer in terms of partitioning, I'd say you're not ready for either of those approaches yet.
owend wrote:I echo d1684, I don't think this is a practical proposition, which is a shame. I've been Mint for years, now on Mint 10, so I'll stick with that.
lmintnewb wrote:congrats ... see what 2 mins of reading can help someone do. Amazing how that works. Will wonders never cease, lol.
Ok done ... sheesh.
AlbertP wrote:Yes, but some people are having power problems with it. My laptop does not consume much more power, but I'm having another problem with it: after 1 hour of running, the CPU fan turns completely off and the processor starts overheating. I've downgraded to 2.6.37 and not had that problem anymore.
Although it's using Romeo for unstable packages, LMDE continuously changes as it receives updates and new software. Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once it's publicly released, it's not as stable. Things are likely to break more often but fixes can also come quicker. For this reason, LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
Debian is a less user-friendly/desktop-ready base than Ubuntu. Expect some rough edges.
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