LifeInTheGrey wrote:There is, of course, the "safe" option of installing LMDE Stable.
Simply convert your repos from "testing" to "stable" and add a couple other useful repos (stable-updates and squeeze-backports) before you update after install. The only "breakage" I had was xchat, which was easily fixable, and I only had 314 updates. Personally, I updated, then switched the main repo back to testing to install the .38-2 kernel (not the backport, because it doesnt have the same nvidia support) as well as cairo-dock, but then switched back to stable and stuck with it. I got all the recent Minty updates (love the new backdrop, btw), and on the .38 kernel it runs ROCK solid. On my main machine, LMDE stable used the same amount of memory running chrome, xbmc, vmware (defragmenting a machine, not running a vm), and pidgin that LM 11 used at idle.
The resource I used to convert the repos to stable is found here: http://rivenathos.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/lmde-x2-stable-gnome/#comment-55
Because of the lack of breakages and higher level of stability, it is the user-friendly alternative to standard LMDE without going to the main edition.
That's sounds like a good idea. I will try that. So far I can't see a big improvement with LMDE over the other Mints. It seems more buggy, so I don't see what the big deal is. (I also put the troll on the ignore list. I find it's best if you just ignore them.)