Chris M wrote:Edited
sanda wrote: doesn't ameliorate the confusing "rolling, but update packs and, oh, change your repos" status quo.
That's why I said:
I think what's missing most atm is an updated LMDE point release without the need to edit sources and update first this and later that.
I just did a 32-bit fresh install of the latest LM XFCE changing the repos to Testing. It's 4 AM, so I'll post more tomorrow. I'm on the machine now, and it was a total success.
No doubt that a new release/spin would be great, but I think the latest was kicked out on 09/16/11, so I wouldn't expect anything in the near future.
And I want to clear up one point. All of my posts have been about changing the repos to go with the old Testing scheme. That's a bit tricky, but definitely do-able, and the beauty of that is you can keep rolling along in testing (every day).
But there should be no confusion. Officially, at this moment and until further notice, the old ("pure") Testing repo scheme is old
For the latest Mint XFCE ISO, the repos are set for (Mint scheme) "Latest". Changing repos was my great idea. It is not suggested by clem/Mint. So the comment that it's rolling with update packs is correct. That's not (or should not be) confusing. It's kind of like the way MS offers monthly patches.
If I've confused anyone in suggesting the *need* to change repos, that was not the intent. Changing repos to go with the old Testing (or unstable/SID) is a personal decision. It is not suggested or supported by clem/Mint.
OK. Again, you do not have to do the following. If you have installed the latest 09/11 ISO, you can maintain your repos (Mint scheme Latest), and simply wait for the 4th update package to be released. But if you want to go to Debian Testing repos and roll along on a daily basis with Debian, do as I've suggested above. If you're using the 32-bit version and your hardware can handle it, after the install, you'll want to 1) change your repos, 2) go into synaptic and Reload, and 3) install the latest 686-pae kernel. As of this writing, here's what needs to be installed, kernel-wise:
Then re-boot into the new kernel.
Then do a safe update and upgrade in terminal: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Be prepared for a lengthy update and upgrade process. When it's done, I would re-boot into the new kernel again.
If any packages are held back, temporarily comment out the Mint repo, reload in synaptic, and sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
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# deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free
I had xorg updates held back that required the temporary suspension of the Mint repo. After I updated and upgraded, I re-established the Mint repo and was good to go.
Again, this repo changing to the old Testing scheme is not going to be for everyone, and is not supported by Mint. But it worked perfectly for me today with LM XFCE Debian (09/11 ISO).
Good luck to all who give this a go.