Just for the record: it's time to say goodbye to Mint...
I enjoyed more than three years with this excellent distro, first with LM 11 (Katya was the first distro I installed on my then brand new desktop), and subsequently with LMDE. But I always kept an eye on pure Debian, watching its progress, comparing experiences of other users and reading a lot of interesting stuff (including some on human relations as well).
The recent appearance of LMDE 2 finally gave me a much needed excuse to switch to Debian. I must say I liked very much LMDE as it used to be, a semi-rolling distro that had to be installed only 'once in the lifetime', with upgrades coming more or less regularly every six months. Mint developers must have had very good reasons to abandon this path and to introduce LMDE 2, with a working cycle of three (or five) years.
The number of developers who actively contribute to LMDE may be too small (as Clem used to complain in some interviews I've read), or the leaders of the project have simply decided that LM as the main branch of this great distro deserves more attention. Other users are perhaps satisfied with this change, more so for many people used to complain that LMDE was becoming obsolete. I did not agree with them upon this point, especially because depositories of this new LMDE 2 stem from Debian Stable, instead from Debian Testing, as it used to be. So, this time I did not see any point to continue with LMDE and I installed Debian. I felt I have learned enough, thanks to LMDE.
I would have moved to Debian sooner or later, one way or another. I have opted for Stable, for the time being, but I am planning in subsequent years to turn myself first to Testing, and finally to Syd.
Everyone of us who were (or still are) the users of LM should be sincerely grateful to Clem and his merry men. You do a great job. You provided stability and a rich variety of packages, gave me a lot of time to learn more about Debian. Everything was nicely polished, so I understand perplexity and dissatisfaction of some users who complain on Mate forums that they miss the elegant Mint Mate menu while using Debian. There may be more liberty, but also more responsibility with Debian, and I feel as I have become ready to accept it.
During past three and a half years of using LMDE almost on daily basis, both for work and for entertainment, I did not have practically any serious problem. If I had to seek your help on this forum, you were always there to give me a hint, or the entire solution. I wish people on Debian forums were so cooperative like you... you spoiled us a bit. To all developers of Mint I wish a lot of success and many new editions! Farewell from rudar