fabiog wrote:Hi zerozero,
thanks, but I was more interested on how that works under the hood: if lmde and sparkylinux/#! are both pointing at the debian repos, what differentiates them, aside the graphical environment?
I'm maybe just confused on how distros are built: debian testing + some linuxmint stuff = lmde?? debian testing + some sparkylinux stuff = sparkylinux? I'm sure there's more to that...
If this is a fundamental question about LMDE, you're correct that it's not rolling like pure Debian Testing. It used to, but a (long) while back, clem went with an Update Packs scheme. If you're "jumping to Testing or Sid" you're going to change your repositories to track pure Debian Testing or Sid. The Mint Update Packs (UP) become inconsequential once you change your repos - although you'll still want the latest Mint files at repo
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
If you're using a Mint disk, they don't start out pointing to Debian repos. LMDE is based on Debian, it doesn't start out pointing to Debian repos.
You'll also want to get rid of your pin priorities - or set them even.sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
gets the job done, if the Mint ISO/disk is new.
If the disk is old-ish, sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
is better. That will catch you up to date and fix any broken packages/dependencies along the way.
This thread is really about abandoning the UP scheme, and rolling along with Debian Testing (or Sid). If I'm correct, there's only that 1 Mint repo that's maintained. Maintaining that 1 will keep you in the Mint game, while rolling along with Debian Testing or Sid. If you maintain the 1 Mint repo, you take on troubleshooting Mint and Debian for upcoming UP.
On Windows right now. Maybe zz can post his repos, and tell you which pin priority file to delete.
As an offhand comment, LMDE has never been about Sid, so if you want to give more to the LMDE project, you'll point to Debian Testing repos so as to troubleshoot for upcoming UP. Pointing to pure Sid is more for fun.