Linux Mint 201303 "Debian" Released

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    Linux Mint 201303 "Debian" was released.
    http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07773
     
  2. moontan

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    too bad they don't offer a XFCE or KDE version, because i like the rolling distro approach of Mint Debian

    if you are not using a rolling distro having to re-install a OS from scratch every 6 months is quite an ordeal.

    i think every major distros will move to a rolling type of release sooner or later.
    it's the way to go, imo...
     
  3. shuverisan

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    The XFCE and even Gnome 2 versions are still available. You may have to change where the repos point to depending on whether you want Debian Testing or Stable, and of course G2 won't be in Testing anymore.
    http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=14
     
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    tnx m8! :thumb:

    i will give the XFCE version a try when i have a few days off.
     
  5. Kerodo

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    I don't quite get it. If it's a rolling release, why does one need to install this update? Why doesn't everything just flow thru in updates to the original install? Or is that why they call it a "semi-rolling release"? Just curious.
     
  6. moontan

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    i think it does.
    the major release are only for newcomers who want to download a relatively new version without having a whole bunch of updates when they install.

    please someone correct me if i'm wrong.
     
  7. Kerodo

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    Ok, yeah, that makes sense moontan. Thanks. My brain doesn't seem to be plugged in today.... lol.
     
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    i also forgot to mention that of course the major milestone versions available for download are known to be stable.

    anyway, i think i'm gonna play with this tonight! :)
     
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    It really depends if they can manage to maintain stability through major changes and cases where people miss a number of upgrades.

    Being able to reliably upgrade, no mater the release cycle needs to be the priority.

    I'd rather have a reliable 6 monthly upgrade than a rolling release that needs you to check forums for known issues.

    Cheers, Nick
     
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    maybe you are right.

    if one wants to make openSUSE a rolling release with Tumbleweed their pages comes with plenty of warning...
    http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Tumbleweed
     
  11. shuverisan

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    That was a large part of why Mint Debian went to the semi-rolling release. It's more stable than Debian Wheezy, which is what Mint Debian was pre-update packs, but its of course much more updated and not as solid as Squeeze. The pre-release software can also be accessed by a separate staging repo for community testing.

    I've not used Mint Debian since UP3 but the update packs every 3 months or so seem to be pretty stable from what I read. They may even get extra TLC when the main Mint releases get switched over to Ubuntu's new release schedule.
     
  12. moontan

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    not running so smooth here.

    there's no app to install non-free drivers for NVIDIA video cards and others but that's fixed using Google and the terminal.lol

    one thing i could not fix is there was no sound at all.
    it seems like i'm not the only one if you look at the Mint Debian forum.
    i spent an hour with Google, then gave up. ;)
     
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    It does, but you still might want a current iso if you reinstall, to avoid large after-installation updates.
    Just like you would not want to start with Debian 3 and update it to current if you are interested in Debian 7.
     
  14. Kerodo

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    Yep, I get it now.. Same as I wouldn't want to use an original Win 7 disk and have to go thru all the updates up to and including SP1 when there is a newer SP1 ISO available. I hadn't thought of that when I first posted. Thanks...
     
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