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Some years ago I was pretty passionately into Linux and using it as much as I could and learning a lot. I kind of miss that, and am hoping to get back in. The thing, though, is I want a platform that won't really need updates constantly. Is Mint Debian a good idea for this? If so, Cinnamon, or Mate? My main aim is responsiveness since it (Titania in my sig) doesn't seem to do so well with that, sadly. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
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Mint is a rolling distro and the Debian version uses Sid I believe which is Debians unstable repository ( sort of rolling, I don't think it's effected by the freeze, I may be wrong ), but anyways gets pretty frequent updates.

Not that any Linux NEEDS constant updating, you could just simply never update and be fine. But if you want something that rolls out minimal updates then I would say go with pure Debian ( either stable or testing ) as the release cycle for them is a decent length, and updates are pretty minimal in stable.

As for Desktop Environment that is completely up to you. No one can tell you which is better as that's subjective. If you're idea is for lightweight, you could go with OpenBox ( the Crunchbang release uses Debian stable as it's base, and has a decent base setup for OpenBox. That can be found; http://crunchbang.org/ )

Otherwise, just hop on youtube and look for the different desktop environments and see which one intrigues you the most.

Gnome 3 ( Shell )
KDE
XFCE
Mate ( Gnome 2 fork )
LXDE
Unity

or just a basic Window Manager;

OpenBox
FluxBox
i3
DWM
XMonad
AwesomeWM

Or some offshoot ones based on others;

Cinnamon ( originally based on gnome 3 shell ), default desktop in Mint
Pantheon ( based on gnome 3 shell ), default desktop in eOS

Note these are just a few of the more popular ones I can think of off the top of my head

All really depends how much customizing you want to do or if you want something that looks good from the start. I would say in terms of looks Gnome 3 ( shell ), Unity and KDE have the best out of the box default visuals. Remember you can install any desktop environment in any distribution so don't let the environment determine what distribution you use.
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By "don't have to update often," do you mean that a new release comes out every 6 months or so, and then you have to back up and go through an upgrade process? If so, look into Arch or some other rolling-release distro. Instead of upgrading in segments, all you have to do is update software through your package manager (equivalent of a simple apt-get update in Ubuntu, for example), and then you're up-to-date. You can supposedly install from a 2008 disk, do a pacman -Syu (the command that's equivalent to apt-get update), and then after everything is installed, you're up-to-date. No need for preparing for massive upgrade procedures or anything like that.
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