This is what this installation steps looks like when all the partitions have been created with GParted. The installer will proceed with the installation even when a swap partition does not exist.
GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, is the only boot loader supported by the installer. This is GRUB 2 and not GRUB legacy. At this stage, the installer shows no support for extra boot loader settings, like password-protection and (boot loader) timeout.
Software Manager: Out of the box, the package manager is pointed at Debian’s testing repository with non-free components.
An observation I made about Mint’s Software Manager in the review of Linux Mint 9 is the need for a separate category for security application. I think it would make it easier to browse through the list of security and security-related applications available on the system. I hope Clem and the Mint team will take this suggestion in to consideration at some point before they roll out the stable version.
Final Thoughts: I am sure that Mint fans are rejoicing over the rolling updates feature of Linux Mint Debian. While I acknowledge that rolling updates is a very cool feature, I would like to see Clem and crew live up to their promise to make this edition “as similar as possible as the main edition.” For me, an important part of that promise is to see an installer that is, feature for feature, a match for the Debian installer.
The new installer on this experimental release bears no resemblance to that on its parent distribution. The Debian installer is a full-featured one. It has support for most features that are standard on the best Linux installation programs – full disk encryption, LVM, and RAID. If Linux Mint Debian aims to be “as similar as possible” to its parent distribution, that similarity should extend to the installation program.
In many respects, a distribution’s installation program is what sets it apart from others. All things being equal, it is the reason I would rather use Sabayon than, say, Mint, or Fedora rather than Ubuntu desktop (not Ubuntu with text installer).
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