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romeo = unstable repo


latest for now

 21.3 Virginia  base Ubuntu Jammy

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optional= romeo (unstable repo)


main_identifier=main upstream import
base_identifier=-updates main restricted universe multiverse

set the following as per above variable 

 sudo mkfs.btrfs /dev/nvme0n1p3 

sudo mount -o compress=zstd,noatime /dev/nvme0n1p3 /mnt/

df -h /mnt

/dev/nvme0n1p3   40G  3.8M   40G   1% /mnt

debootstrap [OPTION]... <suite> <target> [<mirror> [<script>]]

sudo debootstrap  --variant=minbase noble /mnt

df -h /mnt/
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/nvme0n1p3   40G   89M   39G   1% /mnt


deb  wilma main upstream import backport

deb noble main restricted universe multiverse
deb  noble-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb  noble-backports main restricted universe multiverse

deb noble-security main restricted universe multiverse


remove the things you dont need like backports


  • Main - Officially supported software.

  • Restricted - Supported software that is not available under a completely free license.

  • Universe - Community maintained software, i.e. not officially supported software.

  • Multiverse - Software that is not free. repositories:
main     == stable versions of Mint packages (e.g, cinnamon, nemo, mint-theme)
backport == Mint development/test repo, feeds Mint main
romeo    == Mint development/test repo, feeds Mint main
upstream == non-Mint free software compiled from source
import   == non-Mint non-free packages (e.g., codecs)

mount --rbind /dev /mnt/dev && mount --make-rslave /mnt/dev
mount --rbind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts && mount --make-rslave /mnt/dev/pts
mount --rbind /proc /mnt/proc && mount --make-rslave /mnt/proc
mount --rbind /sys /mnt/sys && mount --make-rslave /mnt/sys
chroot  /mnt /bin/bash

sudo bash



Install-Recommends "0";
Install-Suggests "0";
Autoremove {
SuggestsImportant "0";
RecommendsImportant "0";


Acquire {
Languages "none";
GzipIndexes "1";

Dir::Cache::srcpkgcache "";


apt update

W: GPG error: wilma Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY A6616109451BBBF2

dpkg -i   inuxmint-keyring/linuxmint-keyring_2022.06.21_all.deb

apt install -f 

or   install gnupg as error says

 linuxmint-keyring depends on gnupg (>= 1.0.6-4); however:
  Package gnupg is not installed.


apt upgrade 

it deleted something important while installing base-files and nothing ran 

exit chroot and run

sudo debootstrap  --variant=minbase noble /mnt


df -h /

/dev/nvme0n1p3   40G  151M   39G   1% /


apt install bash-completion neofetch nnn

.  /etc/bash_completion


 package groups formint 


Need to get 369 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1508 MB of additional disk space will be used.


needs backport enabled for xfce4-xapp-status-plugin 

cat sources.list

deb  wilma main upstream import backport 

Need to get 392 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1602 MB of additional disk space will be used.


Need to get 444 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1698 MB of additional disk space will be used.



Need to get 470 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1994 MB of additional disk space will be used.

doesnt have kernel and drivers yet


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