I am a big user of Linux Mint Cinnamon and Lubuntu.
I have also worked with Debian and CentOS, but for desktop/laptop usage they are hopelessly out of date. I mean, even the cutting edge Ubuntu and Fedora usually lack at least 6 months behind support for new laptop models and technology. This does mean stability though, so Debian/CentOS do have their markets.
But LMDE, based on testing repo just like Ubuntu, how 'cutting edge' is this? Is it more like Mint/Ubuntu or more like Debian Stable (uptodateness-wise)?
Is updating easy, or do you have to do old-school labor like spending an hour fixing your video card once per week?
Use-case: My Media Center, running XBMC, runs on Lubuntu 12.04 but it's starting to get old. Uptodate video drivers are so much better, but I still have to stick to the year-old-ones because Ubuntu devs have not been able to fix the post-release updater since frickin' 11.10
, and I don't want to do a manual installation, because that would require me redoing it after every kernel- or headers-update. Yes this annoys me somewhat because newer versions do okay, but I chose 12.04 PURPOSELY because of the LTS and thinking that this kind of solutions would roll back to me. But no, not in a thousand days. (Actually, not in 510 days.) I should upgrade to 12.10, if it wasn't for amount of effort it takes to bring back the cable-cutting features I implemented, and me having to upgrade in 6 months all over again.
Are updates that break always going to break, or can I make an image, have bad update, recover image, wait 4 weeks, update again without problem?