Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) Will Reach EOL in January 2016. How To Upgrade To LMDE 2.0

As you may already know, the Linux Mint Team is maintaining both the Linux Mint systems, based on Ubuntu, and the Linux Mint Debian Edition systems, based on Debian.

Recently, Linux Mint’s Clement Levebvre has announced that the first Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) release will reach end of life on the 1st of January, 2016:

“The first release of Linux Mint Debian, i.e. LMDE 1 “debian”, will reach End Of Life on January 1st 2016. If you are using LMDE 1, please upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy”. Alternatively, you can switch to the following long term support releases, via a fresh installation. Linux Mint 13 ‘Maya’ is supported until 2017 and Linux Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ or 17.1 ‘Rebecca’, supported until 2019,”

Linux Mint Debian Edition is based on the Debian Stable Branch (starting with LMDE 2.0, LMDE 1.0 being based on Debian Testing), is faster than the version based on Ubuntu and gets updates from the Debian snapshots. Also, since it is not based on Ubuntu, it does not support the Launchpad PPAs.

The systems that reach EOL no longer receive security updates, the development being dropped. But despite this, the system is still usable.

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) Will Reach EOL in January 2016. How To Upgrade To LMDE 2.0

Upgrade LMDE 1.0 to Linux Mint Debian Edition 2.0 Betsy:

Follow the below instructions exactly, in order to get a successful upgrade process.

Add the needed repositories to your system:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb betsy main upstream import" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb jessie main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb jessie-updates main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb jessie main non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list'
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb 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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