Ok, first the facts to deal with, the parameters we have to operate within:
- Linux Mint Debian Edition LMDE only ships with the clunky heavyweight Cinnamon desktop.
- Real straight vanilla Debian can’t be installed by human beings! Not even the man himself, Linus Torvalds, has managed to install Debian on his computer.
Knowing these two kinda restricting facts it is quite clear we best choose a Debian-based distro if we wanna follow the Debian path. Like we install Antergos, Manjaro or Namib if we wanna go the ArchLinux way. And judging by the popularity of MX it becomes quite clear this is definately one of the most favourable Debian derivatives to install on our machines!
Watch what the rambling welshman Chris Were thinks of MX-18:
(and no fear, Chris will speak in plain, easily understandable, English)
Guess I shall aproach it myself again in the nearer future. Last time I tried it was back in 2016 and I hated MX’s Xfce desktop. Well, I grew up and find Xfce’s weaknesses rather bearable by now – eventhough I petty much favour Mate over it – and an overall likeable distro, which would be my recommended Debian by any means. Yes, even better than LMDE, particularly if your hardware is slowed down by Cinnamon.
Granted you kinda gotta know what you’re doing, kinda, as MX ain’t a beginners distro. But with Xfce’s very traditional style of operation you won’t need a dumbed down nanny distro aimed at special need kiddies. 🙂 Just install the shit and use it immediately and to great effect.