jlacroix82 wrote:The only reason Mint KDE is not my main distro is solely because it doesn't have a rolling-application base. (Not talking about the kernel or Ubuntu bits).
Have you considered checking out LMDE + KDE? It's what I run, plus Debian testing repos, and I'm very happy with it. And for an even sweeter KDE respin you can check out Schoelje's unofficial LMDE KDE ISO
. The only reason I haven't rebuilt my laptop with it is because I've only recently put a lot of time and effort in rebuilding my laptop (never
put earbuds on a laptop's keyboard if there's any chance you'll close the lid, unless you feel like replacing the LCD) and I don't feel like a nuke and pave to get his respin installed at this point. But it would probably make my laptop run even better without all the Cinnamon cruft my laptop has now.
While I respect Debian quite a bit, I have not been able to get along with it. From what I remember about Debian, you either choose stable (and everything is horribly old and out of date) testing (everything is kind of up to date) or unstable (everything is current but very unreliable). For those reasons I've never been able to use it. As far as the Debian edition of Linux Mint, I do enjoy it, but I'm not sure how up to date or reliable it is. When I refer to being current, I'm mainly referring to the application bits (Firefox, KDE, Libre Office, etc) and note the core of the distribution (kernel, etc). I could care less if the kernel is up to date as long as it works. However, I prefer to have the latest browser and desktop environment at all times. I feel that a balance between a stable core and current applications is my preference.
When it comes to installing KDE on top of LMDE, the problem is it's full of GTK stuff and dependencies, which unfortunately don't play nice with KDE. Mixing too many components is never a good idea. I can understand mixing things like a browser (since KDE has none that is full featured) and LibreOffice (KDE's isn't "there" yet) and a few other small applications, but having a GNOME or XFCE environment attached makes for a bloated system.
Linux Mint KDE I love very much, because with a bit of hacking I can get the latest apps on top of a distribution that is very well thought out. If only it had a rolling application-only repository, then it would be perfect!