merc1973 wrote:I was wondering what everyones opinion was about these two distros. Go with LMDE Mate/Cinnamon 64 bit or wait for LM 13? I know the basic difference with Debian vs Ubuntu and rolling updates vs Mint single release and LTS. I use LXDE 9 in my ancient laptop and netbook and love it. I now have a new, more powerful laptop, Dell XPS 15.
Dell XPS 15:
-Core i7 2670-qm
-1GB GeForce GT525m
-8 GB DDR3
-Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth 3.0
-1TB HDD (5400 RPM)
Which distro will be the best, or be able to utilize the new tech in this laptop? BTW, I'm not a PC-gamer, thats what my PS3 is for. Most likely a dual boot...
I also have a Dell XPS 15 (different specs - see my signature). LMDE is ok with mine, but Ubuntu 12.04 (and therefore Mint 13) seem to support pretty much everything. Here's a good link for getting it working with Ubuntu - http://hanynowsky.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/dell-xps-15-l502x-ubuntu-linux/
. The things that have trouble - the HDMI port won't work with neither LMDE nor Mint 13, you have to install bumblebee (from the PPA) to get graphics working properly, and BluRay won't work, but otherwise everything works. I would do a dual boot if you want to still use the BluRay player. So there's Mint 13 that has the best support for now, but any extra support (for BluRay and optimus) most likely won't go to Mint 13. LMDE has less support now, but you will always have the best support possible - extra support will come through updates. It's your choice. Also, yes, you can shrink the LMDE partition to install Linux Mint, but you can only have 4 primary partitions, so make sure you use an extended partition.
Dell XPS 15 l502x - Debian Testing 64-bit NetInst Xfce, SolydX 64-bit Debian Testing, SolydK 64-bit SolydXK Testing
Old Gateway Pentium 4 Desktop - Arch Linux 64-bit Xfce and SolydX 32-bit Sid