Framework laptops have the latest hardware, requiring a Linux kernel >= 5.12.
LMDE 5 “Elsie” is a Debian-based Linux Mint and ships with the 5.10 kernel. It’ll install on a Framework, but it won’t recognize the wireless card.
The easiest solution is to upgrade the LMDE kernel to >= 5.12,
Install LMDE 5 as you would any other disto. You will need to provide a network connection. I shared my phone’s Wi-Fi connection via USB. Once installed, log in. You still won’t have Wi-Fi, so keep your alternative network connection running.
I chose 5.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64.
sudo apt update -y sudo apt upgrade -y sudo apt install -y linux-image-5.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64
Once the laptop comes back, login and update and upgrade one more time.
sudo apt update -y sudo apt upgrade -y
You should get a notification asking you to configure your network. The wireless card is alive and it wants bytes.
sudo apt install -y gir1.2-fprint-2.0 wget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/libf/libfprint/libfprint-2-2_1.94.2-1_amd64.deb wget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/f/fprintd/fprintd_1.94.2-1_amd64.deb
Install the two
.deb files you just downloaded. I find everything works better when installed via the Nemo file explorer instead of using the
dpkg command line tool. Simply navigate to the download location and double-click on each file to install them.