Roken wrote:The only reasons that I can think of for sticking with LMDE defaults and approved updates is support and stability. As a general rule the updates offered will be tested on LMDE, meaning that they should work without problems, and technically only official kernels etc are supported.
However, using Linux is all about choice and freedom to use your system how you see fit, and there are plenty of LMDE users who "bend the rules" to greater or lesser degrees (I use a liqourix kernel and have all sorts of repositories added to my sources list, as well as software compiled from source sitting on my computer without any problems), and you will still receive help and assistance both here and in the IRC channels. The only thing that you should remember is to declare such deviations when requesting help to maximise your chances of receiving constructive advice, and to avoid wasting the time of a lot of people who may be barking up the wrong tree because they weren't aware of your changes.
Roken wrote:As long as you stick to official or well respected repositories or software then you should not encounter any additional risks. There are several threads knocking about the forums detailing how difficult it actually is for rogue software to gain a foothold on a Linux based machine, and if you have concerns you may want to hunt those down and have a read to put your mind at rest.
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