Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Sep 2010 16:43 UTC, submitted by Kishe
Linux "Linux Mint Debian Edition comes with a Debian base, which we transformed into a live media and on top of which we added a new installer. It's rougher and in some aspects not as user-friendly as our other editions, it's very young but it will improve continuously and rapidly, and it brings us one step closer to a situation where we're fully in control of the system without being impacted by upstream decisions." It's a rolling release, so expect continuous updates. Not a new concept by a long shot, but it's interesting to see a distribution like Mint try this out.
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RE: Based on testing releases
by da_Chicken on Thu 9th Sep 2010 21:12 UTC in reply to "Based on testing releases"
da_Chicken
Member since:
2006-01-01

Yea, that is a real problem. When a new stable release comes near, some packages with release-critical bugs can suddenly disappear from testing. Following carefully this howto should fix the problem:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15612

The same howto should work also with the Debian flavour of Linux Mint.

Basically, you need to enable both testing and unstable repos in /etc/apt/sources.list. Then you write /etc/apt/apt.conf that makes testing the default branch for APT (Debian's Advanced Packaging Tool) to track.

It enables you to upgrade any applications you choose to the unstable version (hint: use the ncurses version of aptitude as your only package manager), and if packages disappear from testing, you will automatically get the updates from unstable.

It's neat, it's cool, and it works for me. ;)

[Note: If you want to add the debian-multimedia repo that is in the howto, you need to verify the gpg public key for the repo. It takes two commands (as root), like these:
# gpg --keyserver wwwkeys.eu.pgp.net --recv-keys *key*
# apt-key add /root/.gnupg/pubring.gpg
Just replace *key* with the public key in the error message of "aptitude update" that you can see in the terminal output.]

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Yea, that is a real problem.

The problem is non-testers and non-developers using testing.

Just because Debian is awesome and testing is usually better and more stable than other distributions does not mean that regular users should rely on it.

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