Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, the Linux Mint developers have announced that they will use only the Ubuntu LTS versions as code base for their new Linux Mint systems.
While Linux Mint 17 Qiana is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and supported until 2019, the next systems will be Linux Mint 17.1, Linux Mint 17.2, Linux Mint 17.3, all based on the same Ubuntu 14.04, only Linux Mint 18 being based on a different system, Ubuntu 16.04.
Until now, the Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) systems were based on Debian Testing, but this is about to change.
After long reflection and many discussions, Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the Linux Mint project, has officially announced today that Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) will be based only on the stable releases of Debian, the code base for the next LMDE system being Debian Jessie (when it becomes stable):
“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,”
The switch will most likely be done in November, when Debian 8.0 Jessie reaches the freeze.
Not having to worry about stability anymore, the Linux Mint team can focus more on the development of Mint-spefic apps and can bring real improvements to both Cinnamon and Mate, two desktop environments highly used in the Linux Mint ecosystem.
This way, Linux Mint and LMDE would be more alike, and the two systems will most likely contain the same versions of the Linux Mint specific packages.