This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint Debian 201009 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. While the "normal" Linux Mint editions are based on Ubuntu, Linux Mint Debian 201009 is a Linux distribution based on Debian Squeeze (testing); its aim is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.

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Created by falko 7 years 33 weeks ago
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7 years 33 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago


System serenity

I switched to LMDE from Ubuntu about a week ago and my system is a lot happier place for it.

Just running the system monitor, Ubuntu AMD64 was using about 1 GB of my 8 GBs of RAM just to keep the OS going.

This LMDE 32 bit(till December) OS only sees 2.7 GBs of RAM, but, right now, it's using just 212 MBs to keep the OS, plus the system monitor and Firefox running. A huge difference.

With just the system monitor, Ubuntu would still have all six cores registering activity up to 20%. With the LMDE running "quiet", CPU activity is flat-lining at less than 5%.

Even when the air was quite cool, late at night, Ubuntu would still have what sounded like all four fans running at once, even with minimal applications running. Switching on a room heater would immediately result in an increased level of frenetic fan activity.

Late night work with LMDE often has me enjoying the serenity of no fans operating and the glorious sounds of silence, instead.

I have no doubt that LMDE manages system resources far, far better than Ubuntu was capable.

I eagerly look forward to the upcoming 64 bit version that will recognise all my memory.