Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon: Given that the Cinnamon Desktop Environment is developed by the same team responsible for this distribution, you can be sure that the Cinnamon desktop offers the latest version of the desktop environment. This screenshot shows the default desktop. I’ve written enough about that default wallpaper in past reviews, so I’m not even going to touch it this time.
Another screenshot of the desktop showing the panel calendar.
And this one shows the menu.
Using the menu’s search feature. It might not be obvious in this screenshot, but I was searching for “firewall”. Unfortunately, there’s no graphical firewall manager installed.
but not just that, ufw, the firewall applications, is installed but not enabled.
Linux Mint Debian MATE; The MATE edition offers version 1.6 of the desktop environment, which until yesterday, was the latest version. (MATE 1.8 was released yesterday.)
A screenshot of the desktop showing the panel calendar.
Another screenshot of the desktop showing the menu.
Just like with the Cinnamon menu, I was searching for a graphical firewall manager when I took this screenshot. There was none installed.
And also just like on the Cinnamon desktop, ufw, the firewall applications, is installed but not enabled.
To sum, the weakest aspect of Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403, as I noted at the beginning of this article, is the installer. Aside from support for UEFI firmware and GPT partitions, it has barely improved since its first release. And the more I think about Linux Mint Debian Edition as a desktop operating system, the less I see a need for its existence, especially given that Linux Mint is active and very popular and offers just about the same tools as Linux Mint Debian.
This is definitely not a distribution I’ll recommend to a new user. If that describes you and you are looking for a desktop Linux distribution that just works and has a good graphical installation program, try any edition of Linux Mint.
Resources: For the release announcement and download links, visit this link.