So I ran lmde for a few days but in the end it wasn't for me. I thought I'd try it because the lure of extra speed was tempting and also the thought of not having to reinstall every six months.
I can read and I was aware there would be more breakage but I didn't realise that it would in my case be several apps I use and not the system itself. I have had experience running a rolling distro before in the face of pclinuxos. I have now discovered that is an entirely different breast. The packages there undergo rigorous testing before they enter the repos. Debian testing on the other hand, as I now realise, is where the testing gets done.
Sadly lmde is yet another distro I have toyed with before resuming my main pleasure. Minty Ubuntu Gnome. Still it was fun and that's half the reason I have to try these things. I also learned just a little bit more about linux and the under the hood workings.
I am not denigrating the distro in any way, on the contrary I can see why many would like it, just sharing my experience of it. Unfortunately I've been spoilt by Mint main and prefer my main computer to be fully functional. Still gonna run lmde on my netbook because it's faster and it's more of a machine for kicks anyway.