Linux Mint Debian 201303 RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 201303 RC.


LMDE 201303 MATE Edition

LMDE 201303 Cinnamon Edition


  • Update Pack 6
  • MATE 1.4
  • Cinnamon 1.6
  • Installer improvements (graphical timezone and keyboard selection, support for installation on multiple HDD, slideshow, webcam and face picture support)
  • Plymouth splash screen

If you’re new to LMDE, welcome to Linux Mint Debian!

Important links

LMDE in brief

  • Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing.
  • It’s available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD with MATE or Cinnamon.
  • The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.


1. Is LMDE compatible with Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions?

No, it is not. LMDE is compatible with Debian, which isn’t compatible with Ubuntu.

2. Is LMDE fully compatible with Debian?

Yes, 100%. LMDE is compatible with repositories designed for Debian Testing.

3. What is a semi-rolling distribution?

Updates are constantly fed to Debian Testing, where users experience frequent regressions but also frequent bug fixes and improvements. LMDE receives “Update Packs” which are tested snapshots of Debian Testing. Users can experience a more stable system thanks to update packs, or switch their sources to follow Testing, or even Unstable, directly to get more frequent updates.

4. How does LMDE compare to the Ubuntu-based editions?


  • You don’t need to ever re-install the system. New versions of software and updates are continuously brought to you.
  • It’s faster and more responsive than Ubuntu-based editions.


  • LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
  • Debian is a less user-friendly/desktop-ready base than Ubuntu. Expect some rough edges.
  • No EFI, GPT or secureBoot support.

Additional notes:

  • About the installer: The live installer is developed from scratch with Debian in mind. It’s configurable and it can be re-used by other Debian-based distributions. We noticed a lack in live technologies and in live Debian installers, so we’re happy to take the lead on this. If you’re a developer and you’re interested in using it, have a look at its source repository and don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help you fork it and merge upcoming changes between our two projects.
  • About bugs: Please use this blog to report bugs.
  • Dedicated chat room: #linuxmint-debian is open to LMDE users on

Download links:


MD5 sums:

  • MATE 32-bit: 4ebcf5ae6268bec0b26a10143e4f7b55
  • MATE 64-bit: 90dcb75e716a791429eda16374c5ab31
  • Cinnamon 32-bit: f0153fa28ae5a4014962046fc66156a6
  • Cinnamon 64-bit: 82527fd02e6f0b8458c59488a2681396

MATE 32-bit:

MATE 64-bit:

Cinnamon 32-bit:

Cinnamon 64-bit:


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!


  1. It’s alive, it’s alive ! The ISOs are finally here \o/
    Gone testing 🙂

    Give me a sec, I have some code to update.. then I can provide links to get torrent files with all the mirrors as webseeds, ultra fast download and efficient load balancing.

    Just a sec..

  2. I’m sorry for the ignorance but who already have LMDE have any advantage to install this version?

    Thanks in advance

    Edit by Clem: If you’re already happily running LMDE you don’t need to reinstall.

  3. Here 🙂 I wonder why the Mint team doesn’t use it’s huge mirror base as webseeds..

    yep you can use the same URL call for any Linux Mint iso, and it’s open source under CeCILL B license:

  4. My sincere congratulations on the release of these release candidates! I am downloading the 64 bit Cinnamon edition to take a look. I have always had interest in rolling releases and I like the improvements that are mentioned in the release announcement.

    I am excited about Cinnamon’s development and how rapidly it has improved. Cinnamon has brought new life to the traditional desktop.The speed and features really make Cinnamon a great choice!

    I must mention also that I am looking forward to the next release of Cinnamon. I have seen some screenshots of the up and coming release of Cinnamon posted on the forums and it is really looking very refined.

    Again, my congratulations for all of the hard work that has been going on. Thank you!


  5. Cheers will have a go later, hopefully this one will work.

    I tried unsuccessfully to put LMDE 2012-04 on my new Acer laptop without success, something wrong with the video while using the live cd made it unreadable and would crash, ended up installing Mint14 which works fine.

  6. Looks much better, like new installer, only problem I encountered with Cinnamon version is installed item hplip-gui not showing up in menus. Works fine though from command line. Would love to install the Consort Desktop as it supports my favorite weather applet whereas Cinnamon doesn’t. Haven’t tried Mate version yet, hopefully sound mute problem is fixed along with multiple listings in menus for same items.

  7. Great Job with this distro, is very fast and stable. Thank you!!!!
    In my computer only a sound of hardware to start session and shutdown

  8. Nice, is there any total new features – should i reinstall LMDE UP6?

    Edit by Clem: No need to reinstall unless you want to.

  9. Dears,
    why there’ll be no more LMDE Xfce or KDE? Those are two great distros and desktops.
    Thanks in advance.

    Edit by Clem: The decision was taken due to the lack of users on these editions. Schoelje however produced great ISOs for these and we’re planning to QA them to see if we’ll release them officially (if we do, it might be as community editions).

  10. Try to install over PXE, but have no network (interface is not up).
    connect: Network is unreachable

    With UP5 no problem. Is this a Bug?

    Edit by Clem: The way DNS resolution work changed in these ISO (we’re now using resolvconf) but if your interface isn’t up that’s probably another issue.

  11. Congratulations!
    Nice to see that Plymouth has been implemented.
    Does it include the Device Driver Manager (DDM) and the Debian Plymouth Manager (DPM)? I didn’t see them mentioned.

    Edit by Clem: Hi Schoelje. We’re following closely on these and the changes you made to the welcome screen. At the moment, DDM is in, DPM isn’t.

  12. Little buggies with Cinnamon 64:

    – “computer” and “home” localization
    – had to reinstall the virtualbox-guest stuff to give some accelerated graphics to the VM (DKMS modules not built from start)
    – System monitor > system: LinuxMint version 1 (Debian) -what ? 😀
    – (same on MintWelcome)
    – in Nemo: “toggle location bar” not localized
    – MintUpdate: when changing “software source”, plenty of outdated mirrors 😀 A little refresh wouldn’t harm since “” is not very fast.
    see: /usr/share/python-apt/templates/LinuxMint.mirrors

    So far not much more 🙂

    Edit by Clem: “Computer” and “Home” are configurable names you can change.. that was inherited from Nautilus 3.0 and we’ll revert that to localized keywords. LMDE is semi-rolling and its version is always 1. We should be able to present that in a better way though. Thanks for the feedback on these, we’ll come up with fixes.

  13. When will the real iso of Linux Mint Debian 201303 out?

    Edit by Clem: It depends on the feedback and the bugs we find during the RC. It usually takes between 1 and 2 weeks.

  14. First fix the bug’s, and if all bugs fixed, then release the final. 😉

    My problem is not a DNS problem, the interface is not up. I look if i can solve it. Maybe i find something about it 😉

  15. Cool. I’ve been wanting to try LMDE again, but I was waiting for the updated .iso files. I saw on the Community site when they were up for testing and then approved for RC release, so I knew it was a matter of time. I’m going to download the Cinnamon 64 version right now. 😎

  16. Congratulations on the RC! To those interested, I took screenshots for the installation of the Cinnamon version of this release: here.

    I noted one issue; when installing on an empty hard disk (without a partition table) and selecting to use automatic partitioning, the installer doesn’t set the mount point for the root partition, nor to format it (screenshot).

  17. @RTS INFORMATIQUE: about the virtualbox-guest stuff – I’ve encountered the same issue. It’s enough to run dpkg-reconfigure on these packages, no need to reinstall 🙂

  18. First of the important stuff : lmde 64 bit cinnamon edition gets stuck on install at : setting keyboard options phase (i’m using the standard en-us option… if further details are needed will happily provide them.
    Meanwhile ill check the mate edition and see if i encounter a similar issue there and post again
    On a side note i’m glad to see the the lmde isos are getting much needed improvements and updates…

  19. I’ve been around puters since IBM 360 days, always using / trying countless OS’s along the way. I believe LMDE has been the best of any Linux system so far.
    Thanks Clem AND TEAM for the latest / Greatest.

  20. I think LMDE the distribution more friendly, responsive and solid of all.
    Please fix all bugs before then release final version.

  21. I have installed Linux Mint 14 for 64 bit.
    Its great and I am going to use this as my primary desktop.

    One thing I noticed is Emerald theme are not working as they use to in Fedora. Is emerald incompatible with Cinnamon ?

    Keep up the great work!

    Congratulations 🙂

    Edit by Clem: Hi Raj. No, Emerald is compatible with Compiz on top of MATE.

  22. Clem, i had some problem with the installation here.

    I have dualboot. win7 x yellow

    I installed the rc isos for mate x64 on the second partition and when it was about to finish, the install gui just closed and nothing happens. I rebooted my computer and BAM!!! no bootloader (grub). I had to reinstall yello so i can use my computer again.

    please fix it before release. I have no idea of what happened. My computer is ok.

    Ill try the installation again, with usb stick now. before i tried with a dvd installation.

    Edit by Clem: I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Can you check your MD5, dmesg and /var/log/syslog. I need more info to identify the cause of the problem.

  23. i know why the decision has been made, and I can see the logic. but for what it’s worth, i too would welcome the reinstatement of LMDE XFCE. i installed LM14 with Cinnamon, and enjoyed it, but it’s too unstable for me — crashes once every two or three days, on average, and my overpowered laptop (i7-2720QM, 16GiB RAM) runs hot… I’m committed to LMDE long-term, but I’m not sure Cinnamon is stable enough for me to use for work.

  24. Guys, just to clarify.

    I installed, again, the MATE RC x64 and all is working fine. In fact the RC is running great here. Ive made some changes in themes, icons, etc.., now I have my mint debian so cool 😀

    im having some troubles with playmouth themes. When I changed the MDM theme, the playmouth theme desappear and now I have an blue bar for the loading of lmde. Where can i get some cool playmouth themes and how can I make it work?

    Edit by Clem: Ah cool (about the installer). The choice of MDM theme doesn’t impact plymouth. If you installed a graphics driver that probably does though. You can choose your plymouth theme with sudo plymouth-set-default-theme

  25. Oh man, I want to try this, but I have both EFI and GPT! Oh well, there’s nothing wrong with the Mint 14 with Cinnamon I already have. So far, after distro-hopping for a bit I’ve found that there’s nothing better for me than Mint with Cinnamon. I even got Steam for Linux up on it and I can play some of my purchases which I ironically bought for Windows, but can play and play well on Linux. Bastion for one, and I’ll be trying Amnesia soon.

  26. PXE-Problem:
    After pxe booting i have no network. But if i call script “init” again, the network is up and nfs is mounted. So it looks like the 15 seconds timeout does not work or is to short. But there are a lot of diffrent scripts in diffrent locations, have no clue which script is used for this. 🙁 And it says “Creating /etc/resolv.conf” but it’s a lie! 😉

    If you like, contact me by email and give me a hint, so i try it out. thx.

  27. does this version feature lvm luks full disk encryption options during the installation as debian does?

    Edit by Clem: No.

  28. I’ve already install LMDE 201204 on my laptop for a month, when updates of 201303 will be available ?

    Edit by Clem: The updates already came with UP6. These are new installation ISOs for people new to LMDE or new installations, they’re at UP6, just like your LMDE 201204 + upgrades.

  29. Glaaaaaaaad!!! 🙂

    Thank you very much, Clem & The Team! This was very expected!

    Gonna download and test it immediately!

    Keep up the *remarkable* work,

    Mauricio Camara.

  30. First of all, semi-rollin releases seem to be the idea of the future, considering the fact that ubuntu wants to change to a semi-rolling model after 14.04.
    But in this case, i was reading about non-working security support for the testing releases in debian. What does that mean for LMDE, do you deliver security updates or can it be that there will be a big delay for security updates while the system ist in testing?
    That would mean, LMDE is almost ALWAYS in an insecure state.
    Can you clarify this somehow, Clem or anyone of the devs?

  31. Gave the mate 64bit rc a go and i must say it works great no problems so far; this one is a keeper and will be my main OS from now on (rather happy the iso’s got separated into a mate and a cinnamon only edition)

  32. First of thanks for this release. I’ve been wedded to the LMDE since it first appeared. So far all working well apart from what follows.

    The only problem I have is the same with any Mint release Debian or not. Due to various combinations of mobo’s, Nvidia graphics cards, and neuvou drivers, they all invariably leave me with a blank screen when when trying to run live or install. I have had to work round this so many times I can do it in my sleep.

    Now I may be in a minority with this, but it always seems calculated to put anyone off Mint if you are not aware of the problem or it’s solution. Using the failsafe option in the grub menu never works for me, but adding ‘nomodeset’ to the standard boot menu nearly always does work, I can’t think of many times it doesn’t. Incidentally I also remove ‘quiet splash’ in the process to see if anything else is going wrong. Sometimes it will give an awful screen resolution but at least I can try out the live version and install or do something to get things working with some sort of desktop environment post install as invariably after the first reboot I am left with yet another blank screen, this time having to navigate to the installed grub menu to use ‘nomodeset’.

    I have only ever seen this included in one other distro, so Would it be possible to include this as a menu option in the live grub menu as a last ditch option for those in trouble to make it more accessible, as it also works for the standard Mint distro?

  33. Issue in GUI installer:
    I’d need to use dm-crypt so I chose “manually mount partitions” during install. After copying all files the GUI installer paused the install on a screen, saying something like “click finish button when you complete all the steps below”. I’ve done all the steps there, but there is no “Finish” button I could use (buttons “Quit”, “Back”, and “Forward”(not Finish) are all grey). Waited a while and nothing happend, I rebooted the machine. I’m happy that dm-crypt works as intended. but it seems a lot of system configuration hasn’t been applied. E.g. that the user account I configured in the GUI account is unable to login; root’s passwd is empty; etc.

  34. I had used previous LM for some time but I really dont like cinnamon – that start menu is badly designed and not very usable. Rest is somewhat fine but doesnt look any good.For me it looks like a poor designed DE from the past not a modern DE.

  35. Thanks a lot – great work!
    I’ve installed the RC (32-bit Cinnamon), it went pretty smooth, except for these (mostly minor) things:
    1) During installation, I chose “US English” as my language, and “America/Vancouver” as region. After that, the installer by default suggested me “Canadian French” keyboard, no idea why.
    2) The touchpad doesn’t recognized “tap-to-click”. I can enable this in Gnome/Cinnamon, but this doesn’t work when I’m logged out (in the Display Manager). The advice of replacing the content of /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf doesn’t work, the X server refuses to boot. So I had to revert the file 50-synaptics.conf to the original one, so tap-to-click is not working in DM mode.

  36. New installer is really good! Good job!

    Resizing the installer window is permanent. Not possible to make it smaller again.

  37. Trying the installer now…lmde cinnamon 64. The partitioning won’t let me enter my own mount point for my data partition…

    this is a change from the previous installer that let me add a partition with the name i choose…

    this prevents me from installing…

  38. I got around this glitch by opening tomboy, writing out the mount partition… in my case /home/data, then copy and pasting it with the mouse into the field… it applied the change when i pressed ok…

    the install now shows:

    device= /dev/sda5. type =ext4, mount point = /home/data

    weird but it worked

  39. I will try the other versions and see if the error repeats itself and if the work around I’m using works in every case…

    such a quirky little thing but could prevent some people from installing…

  40. G.R.E.A.T. – this is what I was waiting for. Finally I will be able to switch from the unsupported LM 10.
    Compiz is a must-have for me, and the 0.8.8 fork of Compiz works like charm almost out-of-the-box. And it appears the 100% cpu usage issue has been fixed.
    Please change the login theme to one, which supports login lists by default. It is much more user-friendly. Users shouldn’t have to type in their login name all the time, only password.

  41. not tried it yet but did you fix the bug in /etc/network/if-up.d/mountnfs not mounting nfs shares at boot time because UP5 didn’t fix it I kept having to hack it.

  42. Clem, you probably have seen this link from your release announcement forum thread, but for others:
    LMDE installer seems to have an issue with complex passwords.
    Work-around: Use a simple password in the installer, then change to a more secure password after first boot:

    Zoe, I too would like to see the ubiquitous nomodeset with nvidia work-around automated. (Some dream of sugar plums, some dream of nomodeset…)

    Thanks to Clem & Team for all their hard work with LMDE. 🙂

  43. I never use anything besides xfce. Just too much bloat. I like to install Mint on underpowered netbooks, old machines, all over. XFCE is it for me. That said, I quit using LMDE a long time ago, the update schedule is just too darned slow. All my machines are happily cruising along on Mint 14 xfce, though, so no complaints! Congrats Mint team on such a thriving ecosystem!

  44. This is great!

    And for my less capable computers, I’m looking forward to using Schoelje’s semi-community XFCE edition…

    As always, I await your acceptance of Bitcoin for donations.

    I note that DuckDuckGo – one of your major partners – not only accepts Bitcoin, but is working on fully integrating it into their engine in some very useful ways. See 3pence’s post on reddit, here:

    Seriously… you have no idea how many Bitcoin people are using Mint, in one spin or another.

    Thank you kindly.


  45. Yes, what about LVM and full disk encryption? Will it finally be supported in this version.

    In Mint 14 it was finally efficiently simple to install with full disk encryption. I like your approach but I would rather have a Debian based dist…

  46. I use fglrx-legacy ppa on the latest mint release since I have a radeon hd3200 graphic card… Is there some workaround to make it works on LMDE if I want the official driver??

  47. Hi guys.

    Clem, consider this: I spent some time with lmde mate x64 rc and I installed the plymouth default themes. After that I change the theme for the solar (i dont remember the original name of the theme). Now my lmde dont shows mdm. after the plymouth theme the screem stays in dark and the keyboard stay blocked. computer just stoped after plymouth.

    I confess, it makes me mad.. my installation was running like never before 🙁

    another issue is that thing with mdm themes. before I change the plymouth theme, I try to change the mdm theme too. the theme was changed and in fact it works, but after that, when booting lmde the black screem with the mint logo disappear and now I have a black screem with the blue bar in the bottom of the screem showing me the percentage of load time (with the bar getting loaded with the blue color)..

    of course, now i have nothing with the thing after plymouth 🙁

    later ill install lmde again and try to figure out the problems and if so, ill publish in an topic for everybody.

    anyway, im really happy with lmde + mate 😀

  48. Thanks Cleam and Mint Team!i Long Long Time Waithing For News and it is Realy Today.
    Realy use in Debian 6.0.7 in your relise or still 6.0.6?
    and i Wont to see in final relise Firefox 19 and i Mising Firewall to turn On or Off?
    i houp all to be Fixed in finaly LMDE! Thanks 😉

  49. MATE and Cinnemon desktop should be install like older LMDE. that will be much better to use LMDE! – My Thought

  50. Thanks team. Great job, as always.

    Having a (semi-)rolling release is great.
    LMDE helps me in spreading linux, many colleagues are “infected”
    Now they have a rock-solid system and I don’t need any more to help them to reinstall.

    And, no, I will not ask when the final is there, I will simply let the update manager do the job when needed.

  51. Congratulations, Clem!

    Any plans for a lighter weight DE for LMDE — maybe E17 or LXDE, or even Openbox? There seems to be a lot of overlap/redundancy between Cinnamon and Mate.



  52. Thanks Clem and team.
    LMDE is simply the best Linux distro ever. After discovering LMDE a couple of years back, jettisoned windows out of the window never to look back again! Seriously guys, it does make life simpler.

  53. After three attempts to successfully boot from the ISO image for this new release, it loaded without any glitches and is running very smoothly.

    I have been using Linux Mint for several years and it is my favorite.

  54. I have a bug to report. My late-model HP Laserjet (HPLJ3015) won’t print. I’ve tried different drivers but no luck. This is a real problem. I’ve installed hplip, system-config-printer and gutenprint. Nothing is working. It won’t even print a test page. The printing works for every other distro I’ve tried, even Debian testing. Something could be wrong with the hplip driver installed with LMDE.

  55. Thank you for your new release (LMDE Cinnamon 201303 RC). I’ve tested it, and the installer does a very good job. Congratulations.
    One minor, cosmetic problem: after the installation the program asks if you want to quit and restart. Hit yes and the display switches to the 1st virtual console and you can’t see the message to remove the USB key or dvd. Switching through all consoles reveals the message on VC7.

    I use your distro professionally and privately, and I have to say it’s the most beautiful and best distro I have ever come across. The rolling release model is just great. Thank you.

  56. I downloaded LMDE cinnamon to XP ,burned to disc, then used disc to create a live USB stick 16 GB.I believe the file properties were read only.Is there any way to change the USB iso file to read-write? I won’t attempt to update any software in case I ruin the live USB.

  57. Software Manager seems to want the root password, not the password for the username set up in the installer. This is on the unofficial LMDE KDE 32-bit; not sure if it applies to official LMDE.

  58. A few bugs.

    1. Cannot add a network printer using the “Printers” GUI. I had to use the CUPS web application (localhost:631). After adding a printer, printing was slower than what I experienced with Linux Mint Maya and Nadia distros.
    2. When I try to shutdown the computer from the login screen, it takes me back to a console login. I can still shutdown the computer by pressing the power button or by logging into the console and doing a sudo halt. This issue does not exist when I shutdown after logging in.
    3. The RC will hang on my Compaq Presario CQ5320F PC. The last line says something about VBIOS error. This tower currently runs Linux Mint Maya Cinnamon edition.

    Aside from these issues, I’ve find the RC very responsive. On my laptop, I have a separate partition for my home directory, and I was able to migrate from Linux Mint Maya to the Debian RC very easily. Took about an hour before I was fully operational. And that includes the time it took to install the updates.

  59. I’m running MATE 32-bit now, I think she’s at least as beautiful as Maya; and unlike Nadia, the new Fedora and any new ‘buntu: she supports my Huawei E173 3G dongle.

    Anyone know her name? Shame for her not to have one 😀

    Cheers, Linux Mint team – genius work ^_^b

    …any chance for a Mint-X-Dark theme? Cinnamon looks great dark, I imagine MATE would too 🙂

  60. I’m having the same problem as Vince (Feb 24 10:07am):
    In LMDE Cinnamon x64, the LDME Installer “pauses” with 5 suggestions.
    I have created a fstab but the “Quit”, “Back” and “Forward” buttons remain greyed out with no apparent way to resume the pause. What’s the secret handshake to make the installation complete ?
    Will try MATE x64 – maybe that will work.

  61. haha domovoy I just experienced this last night (forward button grayed out with no way to continue). On MATE x64 though.

    After the fstab I had to install grub by hand anyway, since it didn’t autodetect my device. After that I just rebooted and it all worked great, didn’t notice any problems, not sure if I missed anything else.

    To be extra safe what I did was:

    # grub-install /dev/mapper/mydrive

    and then

    # chroot /target
    # dpkg-reconfigure grub-pc

    then exit, reboot… even though the install was stalled, the system is up and working great. It’s possible it does grub on it’s own before it pauses, but this is what I did and it works.

    Anyone have any suggestions for installing compiz (missing from default repos, any alternate repo suggestions… something that will work well with the MATE x64 distro)

  62. While I also miss the XFCE edition, but this I think would require Mint to separately package and maintain XFCE 4.10/later (4.8 is in wheezy), as some of their customizations (from main edition) may now require 4.10. Personally I feel Debian backports should open as soon as testing freezes for what will be next stable, rather than after testing becomes stable, since it now seems to get stuck in freeze for a year or more, and this really obsoletes all the Debian desktops long before stable even gets out the door…

    Overall I do very much like what Mint is doing, even if it cannot be all things to all users. I also like how different distros have been able to adopt cinnamon.

  63. I have the previous LMDE version, wont it be possible to upgrade directly to this release? do i have to burn the cd and reinstall completely to upgrade?

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