sorry to interfere (if i may
i see 2 issues here
Makoto wrote:Run apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y and leave it going overnight and you will have LMDE-XFCE up to date.
you'll never have lmde-xfce (or any other lmde for that matter) up to date this way; you are updating "in circles" (if i might use the image) keeping old debris around, not getting the new libraries;
let's face it: you have an above average linux experience; in other hands this adventure would have crash and burn long time ago.
there's a design flaw with lmde-xfce (from ground up): it was supposed to be mainstream and some core xfce app were replaced with gnome counter-parts; all's fine, it's a design option, we are fine with that.
but because of the way the gnome ecosystem is designed this meant that by mid 2012 we were getting gnome-shell co-installed when trying to update the systems.
now, there's nothing wrong with gnome-shell (i won't go here into any rant against GNOME, enough of that) but by that time mint had already decided that gnome-shell wasn't one of the sponsored DE's and furthermore the typical xfce user was in most cases running way from gnome-shell; an awkward situation that one was;
solving it was not just a matter of releasing another iso but rebasing all the concept of the initial lmde-xfce; when faced with this decision and looking at the userbase lmde-xfce had, Clem's decision was what we know: the xfce version of lmde was discontinued.
and we should leave it to rest