varonbondumb wrote:3 year Ubuntu user, said 'no' to Unity, fresh to Linux Mint and *loving* it. Ashamed I didn't try it before.
I've read how fast LMDE is and I want to try it, but I've never used Debian and my computer guru friend who recommended Mint to me recommended I stay away from Debian (not specifically LMDE, mind you) since it was a lot rougher than regular Mint. Well, right now I'm running the LMDE LiveCD and I'm poking around in things, and it doesn't look *that* much different. Now, I understand [slightly] that LMDE has the rolling updates and that they are stable, testing and unstable, right? Ok, my question is
1) How can I keep it so my computer only updates on the most tested / stable updates so that I don't have any breakages?
Is that in the update manager - edit / preferences, leave it on 1, 2 and 3?
2) What is it that makes LMDE so "rough around the edges" and 'not as user friendly' as LM10 and on?
Thank you for your help.
JasonLG wrote:What you can do is change your sources to track stable instead of testing before your first update. LMDE won't be a rolling release after that basically you'll be using Debian 6.(I did this for my main machine.)
deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main
mikhou wrote:My understanding of backports is that you have to manually choose everything that you want to upgrade, correct? So even if you have the backports in your sources.list, do you have to manually choose an upgrade if it's available?
## Debian Stable ##
#deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
#Security Updates http://www.debian.org/security/
#deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
# Please note: The debian-volatile project has been discontinued with the Debian "Squeeze" release.
# See http://lists.debian.org/debian-volatile-announce/2011/msg00000.html for details.
# Debian Volatile is now squeeze-updates
deb http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
# Debian Stable Backports
# For information visit - http://backports.debian.org/
# Secure apt: apt-get install debian-backports-keyring
#deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main contrib non-free
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a rolling distribution based on Debian testing (wheezy), but if you want to use a stable release for servers or if you simply prefer to have a modified (mintified) Debian stable, you can follow the simple steps below.
1) Download Linux Mint Debian 32-bit (201101) or Linux Mint Debian 64-bit (201012) if you prefer 64-bit edition.
2) Boot from Live DVD and install Linux Mint Debian.
3) Right after installing Linux Mint Debian, when you boot your system for the first time, change your repositories from testing to stable (squeeze). In Terminal, run the following commands to backup and edit your 'sources.list' file. When done, save the file and close gedit.
$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup
$ gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Your 'sources.list' should look like this after editing:
# deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
# deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
# deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
# deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian squeeze main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze main non-free
4) Now, update the package lists, install debian-multimedia-keyring, and update your system.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install debian-multimedia-keyring
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
6) Now you are running a "mintified" Debian stable.
gwilson wrote:About every fourth time I boot into LMDE it fails to complete the boot-up to the desktop.
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