With the latest update pack to reach users of lmde. I was curious to see what it would be like to install and update lmde so I downloaded the latest ‘mate’ iso. The install went well , I had no errors whilst installing , I did however wish the installer provided more support of lvm’s and disk encryption not so much for myself but I know there are people who prefer using these.
My next step was to upgrade to the latest update pack , as I usually prefer to upgrade using apt-get as opposed to the update manager. So I made sure that the package lists were up to date so I did a sudo apt-get update. Since I knew there was going to be a large number of files to download I wanted to make sure I was using the best mirror so I did sudo apt-get install mint-debian-mirrors . Then I updated with sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. There has been alot of discussion over in upgrade and dist-upgrade in mint I personally prefer dist-upgrade especially with lmde as there is usually new dependencies that need to be installed, but with that said can also remove files if there is a conflict.
The only thing I had to watch for , was during this process I was asked to update /etc/issue, /etc/issue.net and /etc/os-release. Since I had seen this before in Ubuntu based mint I knew I had to keep the current, but I of course checked the difference in the files first. There quite a few people (mainly using cinnamon) who are having problems with the update packs, mostly centered around dependency problems and conflicts between cinnamon and gnome-shell.
Even if you update /etc/issue , /etc/issue.net and /etc/os-release they are changed back to lmde configuration later on in the update process. At the time I wrote this I was airing on the side of caution and had not updated those files.