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Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:20 am
by Borsook
Hi, I'd like to ask for your advice - I have a laptop I use only occasionally. I need a system on it that doesn't necessarily have the absolutely latest software, but one does get updated. And I want it to be hassle-free, I don't want to reinstall it every 6 months like the normal LM. So, at a glance LMDE looks like a good choice... but I'm wondering about a few things:

1. Can I expect no breakages if I just stick to the default repos and install the update packs?

2. Doe it work well in terms of power management?

3. Can I just expect to install steam and load some simple 2d games with no issues?

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:39 am
by Monsta
Borsook wrote:doesn't necessarily have the absolutely latest software, but one does get updated
Borsook wrote:hassle-free
Borsook wrote:I don't want to reinstall it every 6 months
Get LTS version (Mint 13). Five years of support (until April 2017).

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:59 pm
by Borsook
Monsta wrote:
Borsook wrote:doesn't necessarily have the absolutely latest software, but one does get updated
Borsook wrote:hassle-free
Borsook wrote:I don't want to reinstall it every 6 months
Get LTS version (Mint 13). Five years of support (until April 2017).
That's what I'm running there atm. But I'd like to have a bit newer apps than what an LTS from 2012 offers...

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:15 pm
by Monsta
Newer apps can be installed from PPAs. It's a great thing Debian doesn't have.

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:26 pm
by Borsook
Monsta wrote:Newer apps can be installed from PPAs. It's a great thing Debian doesn't have.
Well... yes. Debian has custom repos though... But anyway I'd like to make a little more educated decision - so how often do breakages happen, etc?

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:59 pm
by Monsta
Well, then...
Borsook wrote:1. Can I expect no breakages if I just stick to the default repos and install the update packs?
No. Every UP will break something and fix something because LMDE is based on Debian Testing. And if something is broken, you either wait for the next UP or try to find the fixed packages in Testing (Testing is always ahead of UPs). This time, we even had to [url=http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=198&t=146187#p770495]downgrade[/url] a set of packages because there was no place to get the fix.

Of course, the Mint team and the local community test every UP before releasing it, but it can't compare to the testing that Ubuntu (base for the Main Edition of Mint) gets.
Borsook wrote:2. Doe it work well in terms of power management?
Depends on the current kernel.
Borsook wrote:3. Can I just expect to install steam and load some simple 2d games with no issues?
There's Steam [url=http://packages.debian.org/jessie/steam]available in Testing[/url], so I guess the answer is yes.

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:02 pm
by Borsook
Ok, thanks... Maybe I'll give it a go and see how well it works for me... at worst I'll at least learn something :)

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:25 pm
by Monsta
Don't forget to read UP release notes (available via mintUpdate or [url=http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/update-pack.html]this link[/url]) before the upgrade to UP7. Also read [url=http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=198&t=146220]this thread[/url] if you're going to try Cinnamon edition.

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:51 am
by Borsook
Oh and one more question - what's the situation with flash and other non-free components like media codecs? Are they in the repos?

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:09 am
by Monsta
The Mint repository provides the flash plugin, and some codecs can be installed from UP repositories (they're taken from deb-multimedia.org).

Re: Is LMDE right for my needs?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:59 am
by Borsook
Monsta wrote:The Mint repository provides the flash plugin, and some codecs can be installed from UP repositories (they're taken from deb-multimedia.org).
Thanks!