I wanted to try Arch Linux, but opted for LMDE because I was used to Debian environment, especially apt, and because it includes a graphical interface from the box, in contrast with ArchLinux..
My first disappointment and biggest disappointment with LMDE was after running the command
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to see the kernel version. My surprise, the kernel version was 2.6.32, more than a year old that the latest version in http://www.kernel.org/. Big issue, because the internal card reader of my netbook was supported since the 2.6.34 version, so I have to get an external card reader or update the kernel manually. I choose the final option, and it worked. I realize that the 2.6.32 did not support either the Atom processors. The fan was always at maximum speed, creating a lot of noise, and consuming the battery faster. With the new kernel, these issues were solved.
The second issue is Firefox 4. I have a firefox package installed. I would expect that the Update Manager updates this package to its latest version. Every two months I get a new version of Chromium and Google Chrome (although the latter is from Google repos). Something remarkable happen around two weeks ago. With the feud between OpenOffice and LibreOffice, due to the purchase of the former by Oracle, most Linux distributions choose LibreOffice as its default Office suite. LMDE uninstalled the OpenOffice package, and installed LibreOffice. Why something like this doesn't happen with Firefox?
To conclude, is LMDE a rolling-release distro, even though it doesn't provides the latest version of the Linux kernel, or the latest version of its default web brouser, Mozilla Firefox? These are just two examples. Maybe there are more