How To Upgrade LMDE 1 To Linux Mint Debian Edition 2.0 Betsy

The Linux Mint developers have created an official upgrade path from the first edition of the Linux Mint Debian Edition to the second one, Linux Mint Debian Edition 2.0 Betsy.

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling Linux distro based on Debian, available for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems and using MATE or Cinnamon as default desktop environments. LMDE is not compatible with the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint systems, due to the fact that it is build on Debian, while the regular Linux Mint systems are Ubuntu based.

LMDE 2.0 is based on Debian Jessie and did not switch to systemd yet.

How To Upgrade LMDE 1 To Linux Mint Debian Edition 2.0 Betsy

How To Upgrade LMDE 1 To Linux Mint Debian Edition 2.0 Betsy

Upgrade instructions:

Add the needed repositories to your system:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com betsy main upstream import" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-updates main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://security.debian.org jessie/updates main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://extra.linuxmint.com betsy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'

Update the APT cache:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install debian-archive-keyring deb-multimedia-keyring
$ sudo apt update

Install the needed packages:

$ sudo apt install sysvinit-core adwaita-icon-theme blueberry

Upgrade, fix the broken dependencies and install either Cinnamon or Mate:

$ sudo apt dist-upgrade
$ sudo install -f

Install Cinnamon:

$ sudo apt install mint-meta-debian-cinnamon

Or, install Mate:

$ sudo apt install mint-meta-debian-mate

Reboot and you are done:

$ sudo reboot

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