craig10x wrote:the next version of debian stable will automatically roll into the current version of debian stable if you have it installed?
you mean when a new version comes out you get all the updates for the new version? wouldn't that tend to break your system?
sounds like that would be like upgrading to the new version of ubuntu...which can be rather problematic (as compared to a fresh install)...
If you track "stable" (as opposed to a particular release's code name, e.g. "squeeze"), then yes your system will be updated from one release to the next whevever a new version becomes official. Lots of people just did this when Lenny (Debian 5) rolled over to Squeeze (Debian 6, the current "stable"). It is a big upgrade, and you can choose not to do it by tracking "oldstable" or the previous release's code name instead. But unlike Ubuntu, Debian releases when it's ready" as opposed to every six months no matter what, and everyone who's running "testing" has in fact been testing the release for two years or so and most bugs get squashed in that time. So it's not really as risky as upgrading from one Ubuntu release to the next (with Ubuntu a fresh install is usually better).
Debian's font rendering is better now also, and like you say LMDE already has nice rendering anyway.
Debian's not perfect, but I find it works much better for me and I imagine it would be a much more solid base on which to build Mint than the ever-mutating chaos that is Ubuntu now.