Good day, everybody! What better way to start my morning other than announcing a new release of Linux Mint Debian! Last time I tried it, there was only a GNOME version available, but now Xfce is here to party as well.
If you're already running LMDE, don't bother getting the new ISO, as that's where the beauty of rolling releases stand: you already have the updates included in this image.
This is only for those who want to install LMDE for the first time, so they don't have to download and install a trillion updates afterwards.
I did a quick install of the XFCE version on my second HDD (getting a separate HDD for hoppin` is the smartest purchase I did in a long time) and everything went as smoothly as possible. Drawbacks: you have to manually edit your partitions (with GParted) and there is no timezone map :(. Pluses (or maybe plusi!): it detected I was in Romania and selected the appropriate language for my system. While I was surprised in a good way, I politely refused and went with the American English. Sadly, that spoiled the auto timezone selection screen, so I had to navigate the list and find Bucharest. I know that's a lame complaint, but I found little to complain about, so there!
The installation took roughly 4 minutes! But you most know it was done from an USB drive. Still, it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes if you're using DVDs. Oh, by the way, the ISOs are ~1 GB in size. Bye, bye, CD!
Once installed, LMDE takes only 30 seconds to get to the login screen (verbose mode - no pretty animations), but it takes another whooping 30 seconds to fully load the desktop (HDD stops churning).
The developers did a great job keeping the Linux Mint experience alive, even in the Debian Edition: codecs, Flash, out-of-the-boxness, many cool apps and great looking themes.
To finish this article up, here are some more screenshots I took during the little time I spent with this new release:
But fiiiiiirst! Download links! Get it while it's hot! 32-bit: GNOME, Xfce; 64-bit: GNOME, Xfce. Don't forget to choose the country closest to your location, or even consider torrenting.