dalcde wrote:A short answer would be that LMDE is not really ready enough. It is not as polished as Main Mint, and some packages (e.g. wine) are not present.
I agree. Although still a noob, I've tried ca. 20 Linux distros during the past two years and have only had major difficulty running Debian (live CD, Virtual Box, and HDD install ) and LMDE (Virtual Box). In both cases, from my perspective, the GUI installer needs a LOT of improvement. If I can't get a distro to work even in live CD or Virtual Box, I'm very unlikely to waste more time to try an actual install. I don't mind tweaking settings to get things like WLAN, sound, printers, etc. to work properly, if need be, but there's a limit to my patience. Like many people, I want my distro to just work so I can work. Perhaps neither Debian or LMDE work well with iMacs or MacBooks, but, so far, Linux Mint main editions from 9 onward have worked pretty much right out of the box. I've also been happy with other versions of Mint such as openbox/lxde, Xfce, and even KDE (on the laptop). In short, I can live with any version of Mint, but if LMDE were my only choice, I'd move on to another distro.
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