A Look at Linux Mint Debian Edition

"In September, Linux Mint released its first try at Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) that, like its Linux Mint predecessor, fine-tunes and improves the base distribution for users. Just before Christmas, a new LMDE release (201012) came out, and I thought I would check it out to see how it improved Debian.

In a word: brilliantly.

The installation of LMDE, launched from within the LiveCD runtime, was very smooth and interestingly not very long. Most Linux installs are streamlined these days, but the LMDE install was a screen or two shorter than others. This is attributable to the fact that you don't choose between desktop environments (this is GNOME all the way, baby) and there wasn't a "use case" package selection choice point. If you want to configure an LMDE machine to be a Web server or programming machine, you're going to need to set this up post-install, not before."