How to Convert Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) to Debian Wheezy

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to convert Linux Mint Debian Edition, LMDE to Debian Wheezy Stable. Because LMDE is Debian based, converting it to Wheezy is not that difficult.

All you have to do is:

Empty the sources.list file:

$ sudo > /etc//etc/apt/sources.list

Paste the following repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src wheezy main contrib non-free
deb wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb wheezy main non-free
#Oracle VM VirtualBox
deb wheezy contrib non-free

Delete /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list to avoid complications (the dropbox repo can be added later, by hand):

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list

Delete /etc/apt/preferences:

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences

Also delete /etc/lsb-release:

$ sudo rm /etc/lsb-release

Remove mintsystem:

$ sudo apt-get remove mintsystem

Update and Upgrade:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This is everything. After you reboot, if you cat /etc/issue, you should get: Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 \n \l.

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5 comments on “How to Convert Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) to Debian Wheezy
  1. Wil Baldwin says:

    Good evening, I have been gazing at this post for a few weeks while getting familiar with LMDE, which I enjoy. My only question is that if I went through with this setup would cause me to lose Cinnamon or would I need to reinstall Cinnamon?

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Günter Zöchbauer says:

    I have not yet tested your procedure but I’m glad I found this post.
    LMDE sucks. I got no updates since April.
    My other machine (Debian) get’s updates almost every day.

  3. jeikyu says:

    Hi there,

    thanks for your post. I am just working through it, but I am not sure if I am going to blow the system:

    apt # aptitude remove mintsystem
    Die folgenden Pakete werden ENTFERNT: // Packages will be REMOVED
    0 Pakete aktualisiert, 0 zusätzlich installiert, 1 werden entfernt und 709 nicht aktualisiert.
    0 B an Archiven müssen heruntergeladen werden. Nach dem Entpacken werden 319 kB frei werden.
    Die folgenden Pakete haben verletzte Abhängigkeiten:
    mint-meta-debian-core : Hängt ab von: mintsystem aber es soll nicht installiert werden.
    Die folgenden Aktionen werden diese Abhängigkeiten auflösen:

    Entfernen der folgenden Pakete: // Remove following packages
    1) mint-meta-debian-cinnamon
    2) mint-meta-debian-core

    Diese Lösung akzeptieren? [Y/n/q/?]

    Is it ok and safe to remove these mint-packages? I am actually using the cinnamon environment and do not really want to switch… and do not want to reconfigure everything.

    So again: is it safe to remove the above packages?

    Thank you.

  4. jeikyu says:

    Please disregard my last comment (and this sentence) and feel free to remove it (them). Perhaps CopyPaste the exact message from apt to this one. Thanks

    For anyone trying this one: it is safe to remove more mint-packages if and when apt-get remove mintsystem asks for it.

    Thanks for this tutorial, now I can finally print PDF files from evince (was pixelated with lmde) or acroread (could not install in lmde).

  5. Chris says:

    You should do after all of that:

    apt-get autoremove -y && apt-get autoclean

    to remove unnecessary bloat.

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