If you follow Mint "Update Pack Repositories (Latest, or Incoming Testing) this is quite true, and the reason seems pretty clear to me. Too few active developer working on the many Mint 'flavors'. The team seems to bitten off a more that it can handle at the time. Look at all the issues.edgarkls wrote:The main reason why I decided to switch from my previous distro to LMDE was that it was announced as a rolling distro. However, there is not much rolling going on, it's more like a sleeping beauty. ..............
The poor KDE fans have been waiting forever for a new version. I believe Clem said around Dec.
That means LMDE will be on the back burner until KDE is done.
2. Gnome -
Change from Gnome 2.3 to Gnome 3.
Mint mgse extensions.
I believe it was said the Update Pack 4 will not be released until Gnome 3.2 is ready. That will be a while. I have LMDE tracking SID, and all 3.2 packages are still not ready.
If update pack 4 was released today. There would probably be about a gigabyte download, and well over 500 packages. What will it be like in another month or more likely TWO months for update pack 4.
How huge will that package be?
The update pack idea is a good one, but it needs to be maintained on at LEAST a monthly basis to work effectively. Dont wait for gnome 3.2. Gnome 3.0 is ready NOW in testing. Just hold back the xorg packages if they are a problem.
Personally I gave up on update packs months ago, and run two systems. One tracking 'testing', and one tracking 'SID'. Both have been relatively painless to maintain, updating daily.
I believe the only major problem has been xorg.
I think things will get sorted out in time, or perhaps there are just too few mint developers working on things. That is what it appears to me. Too many projects, too few people.
Perhaps it should be recommended by developers for LMDE users to switch back to testing, until all get sorted out with the other Mint 'flavors', or a less ambitious development cycle implemented.
Lots of real good ideas. Perhaps too many.