mandrake88 wrote:Debian stable is not the best choice for a desktop env, u will need to wait A LOT in order to get the newer version of your software (and by the time u get them, they will be outdated again...).
That really depends on the user's priorities. For me (and for many others), Debian Stable is
the best choice for desktop use.
Perhaps that is so. At the moment I would think that it is correct.
At least I can state that in my case I prefer Debian Stable or LMDE Stable whether it's for a server or not for a server. Why? It is not merely personal preference, but it is also regarded as honestly, objectively and as reasonably as possible, with the inclusion of prudence. Let me put it like this: what is necessary at least (at least generally) regarding an OS is stability
(and perhaps very strongly even the luxury of leaving the system alone, not having to maintain or update it as if one is an administrator but rather use it for what it is intended for which is completing other tasks). Such a system can be utilized well in cases of desktop systems and of servers. In enough cases (for example in those where one must use typical office software) something such as Debian Stable or LMDE Stable is sufficient. Furthermore, one doesn't always need the latest features of software. What could possibly be wanted or desired in regard to web browsing and office software, as these two are currently generally in order? Are included security, capacity, efficiency, effectivity, stability not sufficient? What is one going to do in using office sofware but writing and the like? Surfing: what else but surfing the web, logging in, etcetera, with tight security and so forth? Does it not do the job already in this day and age? If it does the job and if it is stable and secure and so forth, why even change it, unless the change-to-come concerns critical security updates? Perhaps it is some sort of human greed or the unnecessary desire for toys?
Since LMDE is much more user-friendly compared to Debian Stable, and it should be clear what is meant by that obvious term which is generally that the user is not required at all to mess around like an expert or having to fight and seek things out like a serious Linux hobbyist and that typically graphical interfaces are used and not command line interfaces, LMDE Stable should be preferred.
In any case, therefore, at least in the cases of typical or average desktop use, LMDE Stable is very desirable, especially since it would probably require less maintenance from the developers. In fact, to continue, one could easily think that LMDE Stable is perhaps the one OS that is truly user-friendly, stable, secure, efficient, and so forth, especially if given proper care, and that it is the one OS that trumps the others in regard to typical or average computer desktop use. It may be rightly chosen by the casual or typical user and even by the more experienced who can do their things. (For certain specialist functions with Windows or Mac software, one should of course use Windows or Mac instead or have such a system handy next to one's Linux system.)
I have sought much and I have read much on this forum and other places, and I must state that I very much desire the existence of LMD Stable (without the 'E') properly and critically maintained. In fact, 'LMD Stable' ('LMDS') looks and sounds very right and should really be the main Linux Mint edition. This is not necessarily because of my preference (so it's not because I want it), but because of its obvious necessity to exist and be taken good care of.
On another note, I don't mind going reasonably deep regarding computers, OSs and the like (ever since I was a kid). Simultaneously, I don't have time and I do not feel like having to jump through hoops whatever OS I choose. I would have installed and used Debian Stable, but unfortunately the GRUB installation (and also LILO's) failed which was like a slap in the face. I would have installed GRUB separately and manually, but that's just another issue to be added which I don't feel like carrying out at the moment.
Furthermore, reading posts on this forum regarding possibilities of damaging an LMDE system because of an update pack relocates my desire to use it to a place where the thought "I don't want to mess around and be angry" reigns.