Linux Mint Debian Edition 201009 has been released!

A few years ago, I wrote about Linux Mint as an unofficial Ubuntu distribution that is preinstalled with proprietary codecs and plugins then I write a follow up article when the project has evolved into providing a user-friendly Linux distribution, with additional application but is still based on Ubuntu.

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But now, the Linux Mint teams has taken another step forward by introducing Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), which is based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution (Debian-Testing or Debian Squeeze). LMDE features a new installer which was developed from scratch with Debian in mind, bleeding-edge application from the Debian-testing repos and the same proprietary software addons from Linux Mint own repositories.

LMDE is however is not compatible with Ubuntu repositories as there are differences between the binary and the configuration files. Those who are seeking for full compatibility with Ubuntu, should download Linux Mint standard edition instead. Another caveat is, LMDE currently is only available on 32 bit X86 platform and GNOME, with no immediate plan to release 64bit edition or with KDE environment, due to complications with the process of making Debian much more ‘friendlier’ to keep up with Linux Mint standards.

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LMDE can be downloaded from its official website :, it comes with a DVD ISO image (875 MB)

Ubuntu Alternative : Get Linux Mint

Linux Mint – a yet another Linux distro based on Ubuntu has made a fourth release last month, Daryna.

Originally started as no more than Ubuntu-distro preinstalled with proprietary multimedia codecs, Linux Mint now focussed on providing user-friendly Linux distribution complete with customizable desktop which achieved through its unique configuration tools.


The latest release Daryna, is based on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, and compatible with Gutsy repositories, meaning that you can receive (security) updates release from Ubuntu team for your installation.

Another Linux Mint area of focus is making everything works out from the box including Wifi and various multimedia file format which uses proprietary codecs.

Currently Linux Mint Daryna is available on 3 different download version :- Main, Light and KDE Community Edition. Linux Mint is only currently available for 32bit PC platform only.