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LMDE5 - Linux Mint Debian

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LMDE5 - Linux Mint Debian Edition.

LMDE5 - Linux Mint Debian Elsie is based on Debian 11 "Bullseye" edition. The Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) uses Debian Stable repositories as the software source base and but also comes with its own repository, giving you constant updates.

It ships with Linux Kernel V5.10, but is constantly updated / patched by the Debian team.

Or you can update to the latest Kernel yourself.

How to upgrade the Kernel in Debian 11 "Bullseye" or LMDE5.

Thinking about Dual-boot ?

I do not recommend it, as this can be a point of penetration into your system, a well-coded piece of malware can enter your system through the dual boot. Your secondary OS can be the entry point. Using a Windows/Linux combo, can result in malicious code that infects your Linux system through Windows.

Differences in Debian 11 and LMDE5 repositorys:

Differences in repository: Debian 11 isn't updated as often as LMDE5 repository is, but it does not matter, since you will have both.

One example is the Chromium Browser: in Debian 11 "Bullseye" repo you will find version: 99.0.4844.74, but in Linux Mint Elsie repo you will find version:102.0.5005.61.

Further LMDE5 advantages over Ubuntu based distros:

  • LMDE is faster and more responsive than Ubuntu-based editions.
  • Better security and Debian issues security advisorys.
  • Full disk encryption.
  • LMDE repository + Debian repository "Packages in LMDE5 repo are much more recent than those in Debians.
  • LMDE / Debian supports both 32 bit and 64 bit architecture.
  • Huge repository of software.
  • Looks and feels like Windows "Cinnamon" is fast ( Windows10 themes available for download )
  • Simple to install and use.
  • Smartphone connects via USB ( Linux Mint 20.x wouldn' t connect LG, Samsung or Motorola )
  • Cinnamon is not as configurable as KDE Plasma, but it still gets 5 stars from me.
  • Cinnamon uses "Nemo" filemanager.
  • Cinnamon desktop "Is Stable"

A nice looking Software Manager, for easy installs:

An easy to use Update Manager:

Keeps your system up-to-date and secure. By default it lets you view the updates, thus letting you decide which ones you want to install manually, by clicking the "Install Updates" button. The Update Manager also lets you apply updates automatically if you would like it to do that.

Note: The Update Manager get updates from both Debian 11 and LMDE5 repositories, plus whatever else repositories you add.

Automatically apply updates: From Edit menu, choose Preferences, Automation.

Notes:

  • Installing LMDE5 is way much easier than using Debians installer.
  • Full disk encryption works.
  • Comes with locked root account: The root account is locked by default. However I get "Terminal root access" using the same password as I use to login to my users account.

Recommended: To use the recovery console (from the Grub menu) or log in as root, you first need to give root a new password.

sudo passwd root

System requirements:

  • Minimum:2GB RAM (4GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • Harddisk:20GB of disk space (100GB recommended).
  • Screen resolution 1024×768 (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Download and install LMDE5 Elsie:

LMDE5 Cinnamon Edition Download
   Size: 1.9GB

Detailed information about installed packages on your system:

I recommend you install the package: apt-show-versions.

sudo apt-get install apt-show-versions

Press Enter,

How to use it in a terminal window:
( as an example )

sudo apt show evolution

Press Enter and a detailed list of version number to the files that are related to it will be listed. Very useful !

Don' t forget to install an Antivirus solution:

There are "very few free" antivirus solutions for Linux these days, but you can always use ClamAV. Although there are very few Malware, Ransomware etc, that targets Linux systems, you are likely to have contact with "basic" Windows users on a daily basis. So not to pass on a virus to their system, install an antivirus. I recommend you purchase an Endpoint solution from either BitDefender or Kaspersky Labs, but better than nothing at all.

Don' t forget to install an anti- "Rootkit" solution:

Rootkits give cybercriminals the ability to remotely control your computer. Don't let them do that. There are two different software I recommend that you install.

Don' t forget to install a Firewall:

For ease of use I recommend UFW together with GUFW, used by both beginners and pros.

Don' t forget to install a system cleaner:

You have heard of CCleaner for Windows, right? Most people have, but it doesn't support Linux. So instead, you download and install BleachBit.

Don' t forget to install a security audit tool:

You probably heard of SELinux, which was originally made by the NSA. Well, it doesn't work well with Debian. So instead, download and install Lynis for recommendations on hardening your system.

Don't forget to get a VPN with no-logs:

No logs verified, High speed, Strong encryption and Multi-hop etc.

 

How to upgrade from LMDE4 to LMDE 5:

History of LMDE releases:

LMDE 1 - No information....
LMDE 2 (a.k.a. Betsy) was released on April 10, 2015.
LMDE 3 (a.k.a. Cindy) is based on Debian 9 "Stretch" was released on August 31, 2018.
LMDE 4 (a.k.a. Debbie) is based on Debian 10 "Buster" was released on March 20, 2020.
LMDE 5 (a.k.a. Elsie) is based on Debian 11 "Bullseye" was released on March 20, 2022.

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