Worth the switch?

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Worth the switch?

Postby DrTeeth on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:40 am

I have been spoilt by the Mint regular editions where everything just works.

It has been a totally different experience with LMDE where there are numerous little things that do not seem to work or are more difficult to achieve. It does not seem any faster or more responsive than the other mint releases on the PCs that I have tested it on.

I, for one, will be keeping with the regular releases unless somebody can come up with a good reason that I have not found.

DrT
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Re: Not so much a question...

Postby twa on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:58 am

Hi,

LMDE constantly receives updates. Its ISO images are updated now and then but users do not require to re-install it on their systems.
Pros:

* You don’t need to ever re-install the system. New versions of software and updates are continuously brought to you.
* It’s faster and more responsive than Ubuntu-based editions.

Cons:

* Although it’s using Romeo for unstable packages, LMDE continuously changes as it receives updates and new software. Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once it’s publicly released, it’s not as stable. Things are likely to break more often but fixes can also come quicker. For this reason, 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.

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Re: Not so much a question...

Postby DrTeeth on Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:33 pm

Hi TWA,

I am quite aware of what you have written. Cannot see the point of having something so rough around the edges when the other releases are so polished. This rush towards LMDE is worrying.

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Re: Not so much a question...

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:43 pm

* Moved to the LMDE Open Discussion forum
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Re: Not so much a question...

Postby monkeyboy on Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:10 pm

If we accept that the change in base was going to happen at some point then we also have to accept the corresponding bumps had to happen too. I think the value of the switch has yet to be seen in its entirety and probably wont be apparent till the bugs get sorted and the user base gets past the learning curve. So I will have to bite the bullet and wait for a while longer. Enjoy
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