thank you zerozero.
There are a few minor issues, but they are easily resolved if one is accustomed to linux systems:
– not LMDE-specific, but MATE: you cannot set desktop edges for screen flipping without resorting to compiz fusion (and fusion does not offer the window handling I prefer, so I don't use flipping edges
– if you upgrade from the wheezy repositories, some library conflicts must be resolved manually via apt-get or dpkg
– blender stops working with such an upgrade because of a specific lbrary feature hardcoded at compile-time, but a quick DL from blender.org and a purge/install remedies this (with other apps this may be similar; I haven't yet tested everything)
– the VLC default install of LMDE lacks diverse media format plug-ins, such as flash player, encapsulated wmv and quicktime (then again, VLC seems to have out-evolved itself, given that SMPlayer is the better player nowadays)
– after upgrading from Wheezy repositories the notifier told me of 163 updates that I refused to install for now because some weird dependencies want to de-install Cinnamon and I do not yet know which of those packages are responsible („No, you won't! No”)
Benefits of an LMDE/Wheezy crossintegration like I did, asides from the nice GUI and the fast system, are:
– the fastest package management system on linux and the shortest install/upgrade times possible
– wine 1.5.5 from the winehq.org debian Sid downloads runs out of the box (and thus most Windows(R) games and applications)
– with the debian repositories, a vast amount of packages, applications, utils, and games awaits; much of wich are not offered by other distros
– easy maintenance and (re)configuration
(does it show that I'm a debian fan?
If I find more, positive or negative, I'll post it where suiting.