I’ve had LMDE since the beta was released, but I’ve re-installed the final version on 2 laptops. I like it, as Zeb says it installs easily, just works, everything I need is there, as it should be being based on Debian Buster.
I look at it as Debian with polish applied, ideal for someone who wants Debian Stable but wants a bit more “style” so they don’t have to tweak so much with themes, wallpapers. They just want an out of the box and works experience that looks professional.
I like Debian, I could live with Debian, I would (and have, however “tarted it up” so it looks nicer, with LMDE I didn’t feel the need to, so I would use it over “basic” Debian, OK, I use MX-19 as my daily driver and would pick that over LMDE, but that’s me, it has polish plus a few more bells and whistles (the MX Tools) but there’s nothing wrong with LMDE and the “Mint” in the name may be more familiar to many and so preferred. Given a LMDE machine to use for a work computer I’d be more than happy to use it.
Hardware used :
- Beta - Lenovo X230 (i5-3320, 8GB RAM, 160GB partition on a Crucial 1TB SSD, 12" 1366x768 display, Intel graphics)
- Release - HP Elitebook 8470p (i5-3320, 8GB RAM, 160GB partition on Vaseky 480GB SSD, 14" 1366x768 display, Intel Graphics)
- Release - Dell Latitude E6510 (i5-540M, 8GB RAM, 250GB Crucial SSD, 15" 1600x900 display, NVIDIA® NVS 3100M 512MB gDDR3 / Intel® HD Graphics - I don’t game so it defaults to the Nouveau drivers)
It won’t be replacing MX-19 for me any time soon, but is has joined my (ever growing) list of "I like it, it just works, I could live with this) distros.
OK, one thing, with the Beta I lived with the Cinnamon desktop, but after a day on the release I was missing my preferred Xfce so I installed that, configured it to my “normal” layout - it worked just fine, no problems and I know how to “drive” it. I could have kept Cinnamon, I may even have got to like it, it’s not difficult, I just feel happier with Xfce.