Hi, I'm new to LMDE, although I've been Mint 8 - 9 - 10 as my only OS for some years and well satisfied. I took the plunge and downloaded LMDE 64-bit: 974Mb! It needed an update - another 335Mb. It immediately found it needed another 126Mb of updates, so 1.4Gb in two days. I haven't started migrating my data files or getting any new programs (such as my favourite timewaster, GoogleEarth!).
My problem is I'm in rural England, I can only get 1.1Mb max speed on broadband, often less, so large downloads take a LONG time - today was the updates, took nearly three hours and at several stages it was only running at 40kbps. I appreciate LMDE is rolling, so frequent updates are likely and an acceptable price for not needing to reinstall with Mint 11 etc, but can I expect this scale regularly? If so I may have to revert to LM10, I don't have the time for the vast downloads!
What size/how often updates are others of you out there finding?
As a separate query, the startup time has stretched: I see about 5 seconds on LM10 from the login screen to a working desktop, but it's 20-23 seconds on LMDE (although I haven't done any tweaking yet). Should I be seeing so long? Both LM10 and LMDE take 23-24 seconds from Grub to the login screen, so no difference there.
Thanks in advance for any help.