"I just need to understand when comparing stability between distros like Mint vs LMDE.
Does keeping LMDE based directly on Debian make it more stable than basing it on another Debian-based distro?"
this had been unclear for us LMDE freaks for quite a while. I have been a huge LMDE fan/user from it's inception, and was thrilled to have the change to Debian Stable as base with LMDE2. Our office machines all went to LMDE2 Mate, and we were happy and confident.
But my assumptions
were flawed, a failed Mint experiment in May of 2017 changed all of that.
Cinnamon Desktop is the prime focus of Mint. Period. all else is incidental. Period.
The Mint team does Cinnamon very well (it is their creation). It has developed well and many people love it. It gets lots of press, many other distros offer it, even the non-Debian ones. I understand people that have only Windows and Mac experience think it is ultra cool.
Clem has repeatably said that LMDE 3 will get the very latest Cinnamon innovations and features before Linux Mint...
so ... in my opinion
LMDE will be kinda a beta testing/experimental thing. Stability may be sacrificed. If something borks, Mint will fix it before it goes to the masses using Linux Mint Cinnamon.
I believe this is very clear. I do understand, and I will continue to use LMDE, but for Stability (zero down time) we require we must look to other operating systems. Home users and hobbyists might not care.
=== to quote Clem in The Blog ===
August 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm
Hi maybe this question has been adressed in the past,
is LMDE going to be what LM aims to in the future? or is it REALLY a backup-thing, with low priority and low resource maintained distro, for really just in case Ubuntu dissappears from one day to the other?
Because if so, it feels to me Ubuntu will always be there.
August 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm
It’s the latter.