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Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby MintWithaHole on Fri May 18, 2012 10:03 am

I've just discovered Mint and as the highest rated Linux distro on Distrowatch I am eager to try it.!

Some time ago I settled on Debian, but eventually found that the libraries were not getting updated frequestly enough and that some packages would not run and complained. This prompted me to move to Ubuntu which seemed much more up to date and is based on Debian. I have now used Ubuntu for some 2 years. Unfortunatley, I do not like what Ubuntu is doing with Unity, and in particular that they are making things difficult for those of us who want to stick with Gnome. I am also put off by the way the developpers are responding to anyone who dares to raise any objection or query regarding the way Unity is implemented. One of the advantages of Linux (or most Unix'es) is supposed to be the fact that you can choose your Window management system, whether that be Gnome, KDE, XFCE or anything else.

Mint, being based on Ubuntu seems the ideal alternative choice and that is one of the distro's that I have downloaded to try. However, since Ubuntu is based on Debian, why is there an addition of a Debian based variant? How up to date is the codebase? Why would I choose one above the other?
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby xenopeek on Fri May 18, 2012 10:58 am

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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby MintWithaHole on Fri May 18, 2012 11:02 am

Moderator,

Why has this been moved to chat?

I'm asking a technical question not engaging in general chit chat.
Please move my thread back to a technical forum.

Thanks.
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby craig10x on Fri May 18, 2012 11:22 am

The debian edition is based on debian testing....so there can be breakage sometimes....if you like stability and current applications it is best to go with the ubuntu based mint...it is generally much more stable...even installing the debian edition isn't as simple as the ubuntu based version...you have to do manual partitioning when setting it up...it is a rolling release so technically that means you would never need to re-install...but still if you got some serious breakage you might end up having to do that anyway...so no guarantees... :wink:

Mint 13, based on Ubuntu 12.04 will get updates for 5 years, which is pretty cool if you want to stick with it for a long time...
I played with the debian edition twice...and always ended up coming back to either mint main edition (ubuntu based) or ubuntu itself...
So to me, it wasn't worth the hassle....though many here love it...
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby xenopeek on Fri May 18, 2012 5:24 pm

MintWithaHole wrote:Why has this been moved to chat?

You are asking for input to help you choose the one over the other. To get a balanced answer to that, moved it here as the forum where you put it is specific to Linux Mint Main Edition (the Ubuntu based one, where the forum members may be biased [with all due respect to those that are not] or not know enough about LMDE). Chat about Linux Mint is the right place for it, here is where opinions about Linux Mint come together :wink:
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby Goz on Sat May 19, 2012 10:08 am

craig10x wrote:..but still if you got some serious breakage you might end up having to do that anyway...so no guarantees... :wink: .


That is the rub for me. I will be getting a second computer with Linux pretty soon,but still the worries about something critical going to pot worries me...Still,I tried the Debian release live the other day and it was a true delight. :mrgreen:
As of now,I'm waiting for the Compiz stuff to be sorted out in the Mint ltr and am leaning towards that.
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby MintWithaHole on Mon May 21, 2012 6:03 am

Thanks for the replies. I will probably stick to the mainstream Ubuntu based release and watch this space on the Debian version. I was also beginning to look at Xubuntu but Mint seems rather more polished. I appreciate the feedback.
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Re: Mint with Debian or Ubuntu?

Postby Goz on Wed May 23, 2012 10:45 pm

I also looked at Xubuntu but support is only three years....Just tried running Mint 13 Mate edition live..Looks good. Pick the ones you like and run them live and flip a coin. :D
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