I've been wanting to move to debian to get a more stable and longer LTS OS. Debian 8 had Grub2 problems due to the sources list so i tried something more user friendly: LMDE2.
I've posted this in the linux mint forums but this has been the forum where I've had the best replies and the nicest comunity so I'll be giving it a shot.
I've been using Xubuntu for a long time and wanted something more Stable and LTS.
I tried Debian 8 but had lots of troubles:
- Troubles creating a bootable USB (Debian's PT wiki is different from EN);
- Grub2 refused to install (had to add new sources to download, install and update it);
Now, I will test LMDE2 but I want to check something before I do anything so I can have apply good practices. I want:
1) A Stable System in which I don't mind most APPs are outdated (LAMP installation, GNumeric, GIMP, etc.);
2) Have nvidia drivers and non-free software working (wi-fi drivers);
3) Use bleeding edge software (i.e.: Blender 3D) as a binary in ~/.apps;
4) Install other software in .deb packages in /opt.
About each point:
1) Debian Stable is STABLE, old, but STABLE, so it's a good foundation to work and to do simple stuff.
2) there are many topics everywhere (google, this very site, etc) that say "This is the best method to install nvidia."! But I basicaly think it only makes sense two ways:
Debian's wiki method (which broke my previous installation) and DDM (Device Drive Manager). The first might be a nouveau problems, I still have to search about it, but does DDM work in LMDE2?
3) This has been my method of evading PPA's... It works and manages to keep issues localized, to the software causes issues, it isolates problems;
4) I see more posts on WHICH folder (/opt, /var or /usr/local) to install that how to install on those folders... can anyone help me? Like the binary above, I just want to isolate issues.
Basically... Which is the CORRECT way to install Nvidia Drivers in LMDE2 and how can we install/uninstall .deb in /opt to avoid breaking the system.
Sorry if this has been replied before... but I'm finding a lot of contradictory stuff...