The two major version of Linux Mint, one based on Ubuntu and one based on Debian, have coexisted for some time, but the main focus of the team has been on the Ubuntu one. Their explanation has been a very clear one. The Ubuntu version is much more downloaded and used than the Debian one.
To be fair, the two flavors are not identical, and some of the features still need to make their way into the Debian version. The team had some hardware problems last week, and their work on Linux Mate Debian was delayed for a short time. The more interesting piece of news is that it looks like LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is finally starting to catch up with the Ubuntu version.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht