gotjazz wrote:I'd suggest dist-upgrade for the time being. If you see any Xorg or kernel updates there you might want to drop out of x though (an advice i only sometimes heed myself and nothing bad has happened yet but just to be on the safe side...)
debdelta is just something to lower the amount of data that has to be downloaded - it doesn't really affect the result of the update so I have no advice for or against it. (all i know is that yum on fedora which does something similar seems to take longer to "reunite" packages with the deltas than the data-decrease saves you in download time. but of course that is only an issue with broadband. if anyone is on dialup or something debdelta is really advisable I guess)
Thanks much for the reply. I've completed the 2nd install this time and all went well. I did drop out to the command prompt this time in order to perform the update but I used "apt-get update"
and then "apt-get upgrade"
this time around since I wanted to do the total update in stages as I ran into problems the first time doing it all at once (basically borked LMDE for some reason). After the update was complete I rebooted and everything seemed okay. Then I ran "apt-get update"
then "apt-get dist-upgrade"
in the terminal and since there were no Xorg updates at that point (there were during the first round when I dropped out to the command prompt), I performed the "dist-upgrade" via the terminal while still within the desktop. Again, no problems occurred.
At this point I installed the latest Nvidia driver that Synaptic offers (195.*) and everything is running fine at this point.
My thoughts at this point:
>>I hadn't dropped out to the command prompt the first time I installed LMDE (amd64) and I did the update via the terminal instead. I also used "apt-get dist-upgrade"
instead of going in stages like I did this second time around.
>> When prompted during the update, I did not
replace any of the configuration files that were updated by the package maintainer this time around like I did the first time--I kept the originals (probably the most important point). I did accept the optimized boot sequence when prompted .
One thing I did not like was that the update installed the Evolution mail client and the Epiphany browser when these items are not part of LMDE but I suppose that can be worked out on the dev side of things when they get around to it.
"Humph. Choice, it is the quintessential Linux delusion, simultaneously the source of it's greatest strength, and it's greatest weakness." (All apologies to The Architect)