- LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
- Debian is a less user-friendly/desktop-ready base than Ubuntu. Expect some rough edges.
What does this mean in practice? Does it mean its alsways breaking? Does it mean it needs the aility use the command line a bit, or that it needs a real understanding of DPKG? Does it mean the desktop is weird or has the odd quirk? I will be buying a new laptop os I can avoid hardware know to be problematic (and will likely buy from a linux friendly vendor).
Every distro (and every OS) has some problems. I had lots of problems with Mint XFCE (could not switch user), Ubuntu (compiz crashes), Xubuntu (icons fail to show in task list), etc. Is LMDE hugely worse. Is it sufficiently more likely to break that it would be a risk to install it on a machine I use for work? What is the user experience like overall?
I really like the idea od a rolling release distro, and LMDE seems one of the best (I am considering Fedora as well because of the smaller updates) but the warnings have somewhat scared me off