Linux Mint Debian Edition, Update Pack 4

Linux Mint Debian Edition, Update Pack 4

Summary: I wrote a few weeks ago about the approaching Update Pack 4 for Linux Mint Debian Edition. According to a new Mint Blog post, the release is getting near, and there is lots of good news about it:- Lots of updates, of course.


I wrote a few weeks ago about the approaching Update Pack 4 for Linux Mint Debian Edition. According to a new Mint Blog post, the release is getting near, and there is lots of good news about it:

- Lots of updates, of course. Pretty much along the lines of what I wrote previously about this. Linux kernel 3.0.2, Firefox and Thunderbird 11.x, Opera 11.62, MATE 1.2, Cinnamon 1.4, server 1.11.4, and much more.

- It sounds like they realized the same thing that I suspected and wrote about last time, that LMDE has become a sort of haven for Gnome 2 users. So there are a number of options for those users, including of course the latest MATE and Cinnamon releases. But on top of that, they are creating a special repository which will remain with Gnome 2. This is important - when Update Pack 4 is released, it will automatically install Gnome 3 (and remove Gnome 2). So if you want to stay with Gnome 2, make sure that you update your repository list as described in the blog post referenced above before installing Update Pack 4.

- The best news of all, in my opinion: They will release updated ISO images when Update Pack 4 is released. This is really important, because it has been a long time since the last ISO images were released, so trying to make a fresh installation of LMDE has become quite a task. With new ISO images that include Update Pack 4, that will once again be easy, as it should be. Of course, if you are already running LMDE you don't have to reinstall from the new ISO images, you can just install Update Pack 4 and you will end up at the same place.

Of course, this Update Pack is not only for LMDE Gnome. Those who have decided to avoid the whole Gnome situation my using Xfce will also get the update, including of course the latest Xfce 4.8, and the rest of the updates mentioned above.

I don't want to finish this up without a pretty screen shot of some sort, so...

Mint Debian

This shows my HP Pavilion dm1-4010ez running LMDE with the preliminary Update Pack 4 installed, and the latest Cinnamon 1.4 desktop. The pop-up at the bottom right is the Cinnamon settings control, which is the latest, wonderfully easy way to adjust various Cinnamon options.

I think the statement made in the Mint blog sums up the situation nicely:

We hate to put people in a position where they can’t choose,

If you like choice, you are likely to love Linux Mint Debian edition - either the Gnome or Xfce versions. If you have trouble with choice, in Linux versions, breakfast cereal, new cars or whatever, then perhaps this isn't the best solution for you. There are plenty of other Linux distributions which offer one and only one desktop.


Topic: Linux

J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • Great post, as usual. Beautiful screen. Great class act--as usual--from M. Lefebvre and Mint's hard workers.

    I simply wish that--in general--Mint wasn't getting so big: the Mint 12 LXDE download is 1GB, Mint 12 Gnome is 1.2 GB, while Fedora 16 LXDE is about half that. In all fairness, I haven't dug into the reasons for this, nor have I checked out this post's subject, Mint LMDE, for size. I work under the principle that 'everything else being equal, simple is always better'. Perhaps in these cases, everything else isn't equal; I just don't know.

    Warmest regards...
  • @zdnetukuser - One of the original reasons that Linux Mint was different/better than Ubuntu was that it included in the base distribution a lot of packages that Ubuntu did not, such as the VLC media player and a bunch of codecs, so it was more "User ready" out of the box. That means it is always going to be pretty large. However, for the past couple of releases at least of the Ubuntu-derived branch, Mint has produced a "DVD" image which is over 1GB and includes "everything", and a "CD" (I think they sometimes refer to it as the "OEM" image) which fits on a CD and does not include codecs. However, they have not done this for the Debian branch (LMDE) so the ISO images there for either Gnome or Xfce are around 1GB.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.