I really like LMDE. While I’ve never been a huge fan of Linux Mint in general, I understand that it is a very well run project, with a very loyal group of fans. But I like Debian, and the Mint team seemed to address every issue I have with Debian, so liking LMDE makes sense. For me anyways. But it seems to be a hot topic elsewhere as well. And by hot I mean receiving way more attention than any other community built linux distro that I can remember. Here are some of the links.
Lifehacker rarely writes about distro releases, especially smaller ones like this.
This guy rarely writes about individual distros, and when he does he usually dislikes them.
Now this is only two sources, but I don’t read alot of linux blogs. And these two pieces hit on my feelings exactly: normal linux users can now test (live media) and easily install (live installer) Debian testing, without having to worry about flash and other codecs, because they’re included. And it’s fast as shit. This could turn out to be huge for the Mint project.
UPDATE – Another one. I have never seen this site write about distributions, impressive.
My initial frustration with Ubuntu making the slow transformation to a free version of Windows led me to try and eventually switch to CrunchBang. CrunchBang was everything I loved about Ubuntu (huge repositories and a vast wealth of online documentation and forum help) minus everything I hated (GNOME, fixed release cycles and a user base that gets a collective erection when Ubuntu gets a new wallpaper). But CrunchBang never released an update after Ubuntu 9.10 came out, and I was tired of adding PPA’s every time I needed software newer than what was in the repositories. With a sad heart I switched to a setup of minimal Ubuntu+LXDE, which is aided by CrunchBang teaching me a few things about Openbox. But Ubuntu is still on a fixed release schedule, and that shit gets old really fast, so I decided to make the switch to Squeeze+LXDE. Other than maybe Arch+LXDE, I can’t think of an OS that might be available in the near future that could make me switch again, until I saw this announcement. Yep, CrunchBang is moving from Ubuntu to Squeeze. Now I know how an Ubuntu fan feels when they get a new wallpaper or move their window buttons from one side to the other!
The CrunchBang announcement also mentioned that they would be releasing an Xfce4 version, which struck me as odd since I was under the impression that they main reason that CB existed at all was to have an OS that was functional without a desktop environment. It will be interesting to see what these guys do with a desktop.
I’ve had to do this twice in the past week, so I thought I’d pass along how to do it. The majority of this was posted by some guy going by craigevil on some random linux board. Worked like a charm, thanks Craig.
1. Add the unstable repositories to your source list. Open your source list by running
sudo leafpad /etc/apt/sou*
and then add
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
2. run the following in order
apt-get -t unstable install nvidia-kernel-source
m-a a-i nvidia-kernel-source
apt-get -t unstable install nvidia-glx
apt-get install nvidia-xconfig
3. Open your source list again, and comment out the unstable repositories
#deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
otherwise the next time you run an update, you might upgrade from Squeeze to Sid. Reboot, and you’re done (hopefully).