w6kkt wrote:"Mint" is a derivative of Ubuntu
"Linux Mint" may have began life that way, but not all Mint is based off Ubuntu. There are two different paths to Mint.
1st is: Debian-->Ubuntu-->Mint
2nd is: Debian-->Mint Debian
Starting with the release of Ubuntu 10.10, Mint's Xfce edition switched from being based on Ubuntu, to being based on Debian. On the presentation page for Mint Debian, it says that they're planning to do KDE and Fluxbox releases of Mint Debian in the future as well. And, LXDE is the only non-Gnome edition of Linux Mint 11, that I can see to download.
Give it time. We've seen what a great job Mint has already proven they're capable of doing, and now that they've "eliminated the middleman," so to speak, I'm sure Mint Debian will end up being even better in a little while.