Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is switching to Debian Stable

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is one of the most popular rolling release Linux distributions. Well, it used to be rolling release based on Debian Testing, but after a while they switched to a semi-rolling system. This means that – although they still used Debian Testing as a base, but – they had their own repositories (instead of using Debian’s) and they released Update Packs every once in a while. Those Update Packs were tested before launched so they ensured they’re ready to use, won’t make any conflicts, which happened before, when it was a real rolling release system.

Just a couple of minutes ago Clem posted the Monthly news of July 2014 where he mentions that LMDE stops being a (semi) rolling release distribution but uses Debian Stable branch instead.

After a long reflection and many discussions the decision was made to switch Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) from its current snapshot cycle to a Debian Stable package base. The transition from Update Pack 8 to Debian Jessie should be smooth and similar to a traditional UP upgrade, in sync with the upstream Jessie freeze planned for November this year.

It is unclear why this decision was made and I also wonder how the users of LMDE will react to this announcement.

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