KBD47 wrote:My personal issues with LMDE have been regarding the update process. You can stay with Latest sources and be frozen in limbo, perhaps with a solid spin, perhaps with a buggy one, without updates for months.
One thing that would help, and has been pointed out previously, would be to update the documentation. Many people see the original blurb on the LMDE page about regular updates and get confused since that is no longer the case. Explaining the UP system up front and consistently would help.
KBD47 wrote:I would do two releases, one LMDE Stable, one LMDE Sid both with default desktops in the Debian repositories like KDE so there would be less chance of breaking. I would use a minimal of Mint tweaks and branding that would be unlikely to get removed or broken with Debian updates. But it's not my call.
That is how I make my LMDE installs. I start with a clean console-only install of Debian then add the few essential Mint packages that add branding, usually debian-system-adjustments, mintsystem and some artwork/themeing. From there on out the rest is pure Debian straight from the repos.