Linux Mint LMDE 4 Beta is available

Today, the Linux Mint released a beta version of the Debian-based distro 'LMDE'. It has the 'Debbie' code name. LMDE aims to be as similar as possible to Linux Mint, but without using Ubuntu for the package base.

LMDE is a Linux Mint project which stands for “Linux Mint Debian Edition”. Its goal is to ensure Linux Mint would be able to continue to deliver the same user experience, and how much work would be involved, if Ubuntu was ever to disappear.


Lmde 4 Running Screenshot

LMDE 4 includes the following key components

  • Linux kernel 4.19,
  • Drawing 0.4.10 instead of GIMP,
  • LibreOffice,
  • Celluloid 0.18 + mpv instead of VLC
  • and Cinnamon 4.4.8 is the default DE.


The new release comes with the locked root by default. You can't sign in to the root user account. To get it unlocked, specify a new password for root with the following command:

sudo passwd root

System requirements

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Download links

You can find download links for LMDE4 by visiting the official announcement.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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