Debian is an excellent Linux distribution in its own right, but it also serves as the basis for many other operating systems. For example, two of the best Linux distributions, Ubuntu and deepin, are based on Debian.
Linux Mint is a popular operating system based on Ubuntu, but did you know that there is actually a lesser-known variant of the operating system based on Debian? It’s true! The unimaginative name “Linux Mint Debian Edition” (aka LMDE) removes the Ubuntu middleman and is based directly on Debian.
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Why do we need two versions of Linux Mint? Well, you can think of LMDE as a sort of contingency plan – it exists mainly in case Ubuntu goes extinct. Think of it as a backup base, if you will. That said, some people actually prefer LMDE, and they regularly use it instead of vanilla mint.
Today, LMDE 5 Beta sees the release. This operating system is called “Elsie”, because E is the fifth letter of the alphabet and the developers always use female names. LMDE 5 is based on Debian Bullseye, comes with Linux kernel 5.10 and uses the superb Cinnamon 5.2 desktop environment.
Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 “Elsie” Release Notes Are Rather Rare, But You Can Read Them here. There’s not much to get excited about – the notes are largely a list of known issues. If you want to test LMDE 5 – and encounter bugs – you can download it here now. Both 32-bit and 64-bit ISOs are available.