Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 Available Now
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Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 is available now, with improvement written all over it. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu with the last release of its Ubuntu version earlier this year. Linux Mint 20.3 was released in January 2022 for  Linux Mint — Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce with Linux kernel 5.4 and an Ubuntu 20.04 package base.

The main purpose of Linux Mint Debian Edition is to guarantee that Linux Mint continues to be available if something happens to Ubuntu.  The latest version offers a new document manager Thingy, search functionality in the Sticky Notes application, an updated look, and more.

Well in case of any issues you can always fall back on Linux Mint Debian Edition.  The move from the developers is to bring feature parity with the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint versions.

The goal of LMDE(Linux Mint Debian Edition) is to ensure Linux Mint continues to offer the same user experience and how it will manage to work if Ubuntu was to ever disappear. The Linux Mint Debian Edition also aims to guarantee the software the developers have developed is compatible outside of Ubuntu.

They have attempted to keep LMDE as similar to Linux Mint as possible though without using Ubuntu. It instead relies on Debian for the package base. 

You can download 64-bit and 32-bit ISO images from the Linux Mint website

How to update from LMDE 5 Beta to the final version?

Run the following commands for the same

  • apt install network-manager-config-connectivity-debian plymouth-label pipewire plocate
  • apt remove mlocate brltty
  • sudo updatedb

According to the release notes the new version matches features that Linux Mint 20.3 supports or introduced. While the updated instruction will be posted later as the team is still working on its improving tools that both Linux Mint and LMDE use. The new version of LMDE uses Debian GNU/Linux 11.2 as the package base and the Linux 5.10 LTS kernel.

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