We seem to see more displeasure with LMDE from the folks tracking the Update Packs, than from those tracking either Testing (as LMDE was originally set up), or those like me tracking SID.
For point of reference those of us tracking SID viewtopic.php?f=198&t=70230&p=406197#p406197
have not really seen ANY kind of issue for about 4 months, and those issues were minor and quickly (one day) fixed. I update daily, and could guess that on average there are about 10-25
package updates daily. I am sure the same is true for those tracking Testing. viewtopic.php?f=198&t=67502
with even less issues and updates.
I enjoy tracking SID. Many of us find this quite acceptable and even fun.rjs
has a valid point of the huge number of updates that come with UP's. I agree with him that more updated .isos should be made available for new installations. I recently had more issues updating a new install from UP4 to UP5, than I have running SID for the past year. I can see how this can be frustrating, especially to new users. You download a 1+GB .iso install it, and then have to upgrade another 1+GB on updates.....
A new .iso should be made for every Update Pack.
This comes to the issue of stability.
3. What is a semi-rolling distribution?
Updates are constantly fed to Debian Testing, where users experience frequent regressions but also frequent bug fixes and improvements. LMDE receives “Update Packs” which are tested snapshots of Debian Testing. Users can experience a more stable system thanks to update packs, or switch their sources to follow Testing, or even Unstable, directly to get more frequent updates.
They ARE tested by the development team, but be aware that the 'team' is quite small (not quite on the Microsoft level of employees...
). Probably less than you can count on one hand. Never been real clear myself who is on the LMDE dev team (besides Clem ?). But with the limited amount of testers, and hardware to test on, there can no doubt be issues with any new Update Pack.
To my way of looking at it, the Update Pack idea is still a work in progress
. The well intentioned object of 'monthly update packs' has not been feasible with the many changes to Gnome (2.3, 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, now 3.6..
), several new Desktops (Mate, Cinnamon, the new Gnome), et. et.
To me an easier to maintain LMDE is tracking Testing or SID, with XFCE, or KDE for a desktop.
Update daily, follow the breakage threads (above), and make weekly clones, and you will be a happy LMDE user....