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Linux Mint: Getting Debian via the Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) – and making it more Debian-like

A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to have at least one copy of all the major branches of Linux distributions on this laptop, if only for troubleshooting and having a reference point. Debian or something derived from it has been missing from all my machines for a while now, so with the release of “Squeeze” it seemed like a good time to put a copy back on.

I’ve tried Linux Mint 7 in the past, and, while nice, it wasn’t for me. It was choc full of mono apps with everything from Gnome-Do to the more ubiquitous F-spot and full of somebody elses choices I did not agree with. More work to make it work my way than it`s worth. Not a problem, and of course plenty of people do enjoy it. I used it for about two weeks as it was one of only a few at the time that allowed the Atheros wireless in my old laptop to work straight away, until I had more time to install and configure Debian “Lenny” for this, or more importantly, find out how. As it turned out, that was easy. But I admit, for those fine with the choices made seeking a install-and-forget-everything-works-out-of-the-box-quick-and-dirty solution Mint is hard to beat.
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