Among the hundreds of Linux distributions available, there are only a few dozen (or fewer) that are really popular. Among them, we have Linux Mint, an Ubuntu-based operating system that gained popularity for its Cinnamon graphics environment. But Clement Lefebvre also makes another distribution available to us, one directly based on Debian that released LMDE 4 a few hours ago, codenamed Debbie. For those who are wondering, the above are the initials of Linux Mint Debian Edition.
As we read in the release note, LMDE 4 has come with some interesting news, but the one that is perhaps more striking, although expected, is that it has become based on Debian 10 Buster. On the other hand, it has received some improvements that are also included in Linux Mint 19.3 and that we will detail after the cut.
LMDE 4 highlights
- Automated partitioning with LVM support and full disk encryption .
- Home directory encryption .
- Support for automated installation of NVIDIA drivers .
- NVMe support .
- Installer renewed .
- Secure boot support .
- Btrfs sub-volume support .
- Automatic installation of microcode packages .
- Automatic resolution boost for live session to a minimum of 1024 × 768 in Virtualbox.
- Linux Mint 19.3 improvements (HDT, boot repair, system reports, language settings, HiDPI and design improvements, new boot menus, Cellulooid, Gnote, Drawing, Cinnamon 4.4, XApp status icons, etc.) .
- APT recommendations enabled by default .
- Deb-multimedia repositories and packages have been removed.
- Debian 10 Buster base package with backports repository.
How to update from LMDE 3
To update (more detailed tutorial on its official website ) from LMDE 3, we have to do the following:
- We open the update manager and apply all the updates that are available.
- We make a backup of the most important files.
- We removed the repository deb-multimedia.org since it will not be used in LMDE 4. With this we will also avoid conflicts. To do this, we open the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-packages-repositories.list as superuser (root), we delete the deb line https://www.deb-multimedia.org stretch main non-free We save the file and update the apt repositories (sudo apt update).
- We download all the multimedia packages from the software source tool.
- We remove the remaining multimedia packages.
- We update with the command apt install mint upgrade .
- Finally, we write the command mint upgrade download to download the new packages.
You can download the LMDE 4 from the link in the release note. If you try it, do not hesitate to leave your experiences in the comments.