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Linux Mint Debian update pack 5 shows maturity

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With relatively little fanfare, Linux Mint Debian Edition Update Pack 5 was released on Monday last week. It is a sign of the improving stability and maturity of this distribution that unlike previous Update Packs, this one brings only incremental updates (albeit lots of them), rather than the eagerly awaited and badly needed bug fixes and distribution changes that have come before it.

On the four systems I have updated so far, the download was between 900MB and 1GB, and it took quite a while to install (30 to 60 minutes after the download completed). If you prefer to wait for updated ISO images incorporating this Update Pack, the Linux Mint teams said in their release announcement that those should become available over the next "weeks or months".

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