cwsnyder wrote:Longer answer: The Linux Mint 13 image for a bootable medium is 833 GB, not 833MB, LMDE bootable medium is 1.12 GB,
The length of time required to boot depends on what is happening in the boot process and from what medium you are booting. If you are comparing booting from an SSD for LM 13 vs. booting from DVD or spinning HD for LMDE, you are talking apples and oranges.
That's more or less all wrong...
So : first Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and the iso is 833Mb not 833Gb... That's just common sense.
Second : the LMDE is based on Debian contrary to the main edition based on Ubuntu. In the last few years Ubuntu did a big job to decrease the booting time to roughly 15 seconds. Debian did not do the same job. That's why the main edition shows a black screen (time too short to show a picture) and Debian is "speacking".
So the main edition is booting faster than LMDE. BUT after that, during the use of the system, LMDE is more responsible than the Ubuntu based edition.
Be careful, the main edition is easier to use, more user friendly compared to the LMDE one. But LMDE is rocking solid and you don't need to reinstall. It's a semi rolling release distro.
To summarize : differences are coming from the base (Debian or Ubuntu) on top of witch these 2 editions are build.