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Linux Mint Releases New Debian Edition

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Linux Mint has released a new version that is based on Debian Linux instead of Ubuntu, which is also based off Debian. This means faster releases and better hardware support.

The new release is based on the Debian Squeeze (Testing) build, has GNOME as the desktop environment, and is only available in a 32-bit version. Depending on demand there may or may not be a 64-bit and/or KDE version released in the future. For more information see the FAQ attached to the blog post linked below.

Linux Mint Debian (201009) released! [via Softpedia]

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  • Published 09/8/10

Comments (3)

  1. Ubuntu Fan

    So will Mint no longer include Ubuntu repositories by default?

  2. AsianAngel

    @Ubuntu Fan – From what I understand this will have no effect on the use of the Ubuntu repositories or the regular Linux Mint releases. Just more of a testing thing right now that could bring some big changes later if it works smoothly.

  3. Justin

    AsianAngel is correct – these are two separate distros currently. LMDE is being developed independently of the Main Edition of Linux Mint although they will strive to act similar in form and function. There’s a lot of appreciation for what Debian has done, and many people asked for a Debian version from us.

    Again to repeat – there are no current plans at this time to replace Ubuntu as a base, and the Main Edition will continue on as normal.

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