Two new releases of the Debian-based editions of Linux Mint were announced earlier today. Featuring the rolling-release update mechanism with updated software pulled from Debian's "testing" repository, these releases offer the following highlights: "Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants as live DVDs with GNOME or Xfce; the purpose is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base; all Linux Mint 11 features; installer improvements (keyboard variants, locale, bug fixes, UUID in fstab); update packs, dedicated Update Manager and staged repositories; GTK+ 2/3 theme compatibility; updated software and packages.
Highlights LMDE in brief Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a rolling distribution based on Debian Testing. It’s available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD with Gnome or Xfce. The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base. What’s new in this release All Linux Mint 11 features Installer improvements (keyboard variants, locale, bug fixes, UUID in fstab) Update Packs, dedicated Update Manager and staged repositories GTK2/GTK3 theme compatibility Updated software and packages If you’re new to LMDE, welcome to Linux Mint Debian! Important info Multi-core and multi-CPU support in 32-bit kernel: To guarantee compatibility with non-PAE processors, the 32-bit versions of Linux Mint Debian come with a 486 kernel by default. This kernel does not support SMP, and as a consequence is only able to detect one core and one CPU. If your CPU has multiple cores, or if you have more than one CPU, simply install the 686-PAE kernel and reboot your computer. Update Pack 2 and Update Pack 3: This release comes with Update Pack 2 and points to the “Linux Mint Debian Latest” repository as well as the Debian “Security” and “Multimedia” repositories. Starting with Update Pack 3, “Security” and “Multimedia” become part of “Linux Mint Debian Latest”. When Update Pack 3 is made available, your sources will need to change and all of them will then point at Linux Mint. In the meantime, it is recommended not to apply updates coming from “Security” and “Multimedia”, as they might not be compatible with the packages in Update Pack 2.