When I installed Olivia KDE (still in RC version) it worked like a charm. The best KDE distro I've tried so far. KDE was so stable and everything worked smooth once I managed to install the proper Nvidia driver. As time went by updates were arriving. I don't remember the last time I had level 1 update. Most of them are level 3 coming from Ubuntu. And the result is that with every single update something goes wrong, screwed up or stops working. A small thing each time, but now the sum of the little thing starts to be a very annoying scenario.
I'm wondering... Are the Ubuntu updates messing up the original excellent tweaks made by the Linux Mint team? No doubts that the initial release was an almost perfect OS with about no issues, but at least here, it's going worse and worse with every update coming from Ubuntu. Anyone in the same situation?
I am convinced you are absolutely correct about this. I have just spent the better part of two days going from Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04, LMKDE14 to LMKDE15 and back to LMMate 14. I won't even bother with LMMate 15. First, there isn't a computer in this house older than 3 years old, and all are major brands, HP, Gateway and Acer. Ubuntu while snazzy to look at, will not run on anything but my Acer laptop. My Gateway all-in-one won't run it consistently at all, with or with out updates. It runs marginally okay without updates on 12.10, but still, there are too many little problems to hunt down to get things like Skype to work. While I could expect that going back to LMDKE14 without any updates would produce a consistent day to day out of the box experience that I had for several months, I'm keeping that experiment in my hip pocket as a last resort. LMKDE14 ran perfectly when I first loaded earlier on in the year, but as the updates were rolled out, the mouse and keyboard began to lock up on me, requiring a reboot. LMDKE15 simply refused to allow me to log on for 1-1/2 minutes. Finally I went back to LMMate14 and low and behold....it works, no whining, no crying, no stamping of little feet, it works. Just like Windows. So, like you said, no level 3 updates, a discriminating rule set loaded into the Firewall, and I am away to the races again. What I perceive is that my hardware works. I am not doing anything wrong and only two of all these distros work out of the box but only so long as you don't apply updates. Because if I do, the problems encountered are the same across three Ubuntu based distros and three different desktops.
I'd like to think that Ubuntu is well meaning and not becoming the victim of its own success, but I see a glitzy kind of self importance that comes from it, beginning to supplant the importance of the product. I think Ubuntu sees itself as in the big time now and the direction they seem to be heading in, will see them drop the desktop or at the very least support it less vigourously. I mean, they could do that and who could blame them. They give that away for free, when the future of their corporation would appear to lay in tablets, phones and tv. The complaint I originally had with LMDKE15 not allowing me to log on for 1-1/2 because the mouse and keyboard were dead, mirrors pages and pages of complaints about unresponsive keyboards and mice in Ubuntu's 13.04
The Linux Mint people are up front about these things. They say, if your distro is working perfectly good enough for you, you're welcome to try out the live Disk to see how the new one fairs on your machine. But, really, if it ain't broke, why try to fix it? I'll be watching the reviews when 16 comes out before I even consider downloading a live disk. I like this Mate desktop, It works well and it isn't Microsoft.