Linux Mint project chief Clem Lefebvre officially announced the availability of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 4, a few days after Neowin reported that stable builds appeared on third-party mirrors. With today’s launch, we get a detailed list of all the new features and instructions on how to update LMDE 3 installations.
The biggest change in this update is that it is based on Debian 10, which means that newer packages will be available for download and new hardware is supported. Other features include home directory encryption, NVMe support, SecureBoot support, support for Btrfs submodules, a new installer, improvements from Linux Mint 19.3 such as Cinnamon 4.4 and new default apps and some other minor changes.
If you like to experience Linux operating systems in a virtual machine, LMDE 4 now uses a minimum resolution of 1024×768 in VirtualBox by default, making it look a bit more like running it on a real computer. If you decide to install this version, be sure to check the release notes as there are a couple of problems with some programs and settings that you should be aware of.
For those running LMDE 3, you can upgrade to LMDE 4 without performing a clean installation. To do this, carefully follow the instructions in this tutorial to avoid making mistakes. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this blog post where you will be offered assistance.
LMDE is the backup plan of the Linux Mint project if Ubuntu, the basis for other versions of Linux Mint, should never disappear. Aside from that, LMDE also ensures that any software developed by the project continues to be compatible outside of Ubuntu. If you already run Linux Mint 18.x or 19.x and are satisfied with the performance, there is no need to switch to LMDE since it behaves in much the same way as the mainline versions.