maandag 25 februari 2013

Firefox Aurora & Chrome Dev for Linux Mint : Preview upcoming features

I have been wanting to have the most up to date browsers for Linux Mint as its great to be able to see the cutting edge features before they are fully deployed.

This post shows how you can quickly setup Firefox Aurora and Chrome Dev builds on Linux Mint (will also work on Ubuntu as well).

Note : you cannot also run the Stable versions of Firefox & Chrome and the same time so they will be replaced.

Firefox Aurora

First update the repository from Mozilla to Aurora  :

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/firefox-aurora

Then update the repositories and install Firefox :

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install firefox

Restart Firefox and you will now have the Aurora version. The Sotware Manager also recognized the change and updated to Aurora. All the bookmarks, settings etc will be the same as the stable Firefox version.

Chrome Dev Channel

The slight difference with Chrome is that you need to remove the installed package. First go to the Chrome Release Channels and download the Dev Channel unstable build for you OS architecture.

Next remove the current Chrome stable build :

$ sudo dpkg -r google-chrome-stable

Install the downloaded build :

$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb

Startup Chrome and enjoy being on the Dev channel builds!

zaterdag 23 februari 2013

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: