I've been using Linux Mint since release 6. I have multiple partitions on my hard drive and dual boot to either a "working" distro (currently LM-9) or an "experimental" distro. I like the idea of rolling releases and have tried both LMDE and LMDE-Xfce. When LM-11 came out, I tried it, too. Comments are:
1. Please refresh the LMDE images. It takes longer to update them after installing than the entire download + install process.
2. I cannot get a network printer (HP Laserjet P1505 on a networked computer running WinXP) to print from LMDE, LMDE-Xfce or LM-11. I get all the way to printing a test page, and then get "Unable to connect to CIFS host, will retry in 60 seconds . . ." I can "see" the printer on the network. CUPS finds it during the printer install process. It prints fine from LM-9, and did work fine with earlier versions of Linux Mint. I cannot get it to work with Xubuntu 11.4 either, so this problem may come from there. Googling the error message didn't find me a solution.
3. With LMDE, during an attempted printer installation, I couldn't "browse" to find this networked printer until I loaded some python utility. Sorry, forget details.
4. VueScan (Hamrick Software, commercial scanner software) will not run in LM-11 or LMDE. It does run in LM-9 (and earlier) and in Xubuntu 11.4.
David Brown (still happily using LM-9)