LMDE Monthly Build ISO Image

  11 years ago

A few days ago, I installed LMDE(201101) as Virtual Machine with VirtualBox.

After logging in LMDE for the first time, run mintUpdate at first, I found that there are so many many updates.
They are concerned with their dependency, It was impossible to install all of them at a burst.

I could not help installing updates bit by bit...
and...Most of updates could be installed in the end, though "mint-meta-codecs" and "mint-meta-debian" were removed...

I think, If LMDE ISO Image is provided as Monthly Build by the month, It will decrease the problem of dependency at the first update, and it will helpful to the users who want to try LMDE at any time.

(Forgive my poor English, please!)
Latest comments
LexMK 10 years ago

While I agree with Clem that monthly updates are if not just not enough useful, time-consuming for the whole team, I have to agree with you that Mint Debian needs more attention.

Its rolling nature makes it better because the user does not have to reinstall it every six months or be struck with old software. While it says that "it is not stable as the Ubuntu-based one and things might break", I found it to be as stable and I had never any problem with. Guess it is because of all the testing done before every UP.

sunewbie 10 years ago

Thank you @clem .
Got a better understanding about UP philosophy

kazztan0325 10 years ago

Thank you for your comments.
I understood your thoughts.

clem 10 years ago

I think it's important to consider this:

- Time isn't a criteria that matters to us. When we upgrade and decide to open up a new UP, we look at quality and stability.

- LMDE only represents a fraction of the Mint user base. It's important for us not to allocate all our resources to it if that means less development goes into the main editions.

- LMDE users can follow Testing, they have a choice here and aren't stuck to UPs. That's another argument in favor of stability and against regular updates.

Remember, the reason why we implemented the UP system in the first place is not to bring monthly upgrades, but to hold off and protect ourselves from breakages and regressions happening in Debian Testing.

kazztan0325 10 years ago


I accept your decision.
At that time when I posted this idea, I didn't understand well the Mint Team is developing so many projects though the team is so small.

Now I also just hope a more frequent update period for the ISO files would be implemented if it is possible.

LexMK 10 years ago

I like LMDE more than Main. Rolling is better.

This could be a very good idea.

sunewbie 10 years ago

Hi Raywoods You are a now a mod :D


Clem also stated that work for UP 5 will be after mint 13 so may be 2-3 months should be expected. I think next ISO will not be as large as UP 4, because it will only have updates to Gnome 3 / MATE and Cinnamon

RayWoods 10 years ago

Having just tried to install on VB LMDE201109-gnome and updating to Update Pack 4 (@ > 700 MB!!) I can only agree with this request! Although, probably monthly intervals might be an onerous load upon the Development Team. Perhaps a more frequent update period for the ISO files may be considered depending upon the number and complexity of Update Packs during the intervening period. Clem has already said a new ISO is being developed now Update Pack 4 is out. New > Implemented.

sunewbie 11 years ago

you are welcome @kazztan0325 :) always ;)

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your information, @sunewbie !

sunewbie 11 years ago

Update pack 4 is in the testing phase.


kazztan0325 11 years ago

'Mint 12 KDE' and 'Mint 12 LXDE RC' have already released.

I hope 'Update Pack 4 for LMDE' would be released in near future.

sunewbie 11 years ago

I agree with you. If update packs are delayed, then when they are released, there will be an avalanche of MBs, maybe as big as the distro itself.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

I also think improving 'Cinnamon' is very important for the future of Mint, of course.
But I hope Mint Team would provide Update Packs as periodically as possible.

sunewbie 11 years ago

yes. Update pack is still due to some. Clem and Team must be very busy. Focus should be on improving cinnamon.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Thank you for your support.

Even new 'Update Pack' (Update Pack 4) for LMDE has not been out yet, though 3 months and over have passed since previous 'Update Pack' (Update Pack 3) was out.

It seems Mint Team (especially Clem himself) is tremendously busy lately, because they are wrestling with developing various project.

sunewbie 11 years ago

+1 on net install, but still i like original idea.

Clem had once said that he would release new ISO every 2 months.

Maybe he is finding it tough sue to lack of staff strength,

kazztan0325 11 years ago


I also think your idea would be better for Dev Team to decrease their work.

But Mint's philosophy is to provide a ready-to-use, easy-out-of-the-box desktop, then your idea is contrary to Mint's philosophy.

Anyway last decision "to be considered or to be rejected" would be passed by Moderators, not by us.

passstab 11 years ago

i think my idea which is to make a lmde netinstall makes more sense as it would (i think) decrease the work for the devs whale addressing a lot of the same issues

kazztan0325 11 years ago


Thank you for your support.

By the way, a question popped into my mind just now...

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx releases its 'point release', doesn't it?
e.g. 10.04.1, 10.04.2, 10.04.3, 10.04.4

What about Mint 9 LTS Isadora?
It seems Isadora has no 'point release', if I'm not wrong.
If so, I'm afraid the same issue would possibly occur to Isadora.
or is it impossible the same issue would occur to Isadora??