I'm Daniel, come from Luxemburg, so I will excuse myself, because my English is not good, as it is not my nativ language.
So about me and Linux Mint. I start using Mint since Mint Elyssa as main System, and replaced Mint with Windows7 (yes I know i was changing the side), but this had a background. Windows 7 is a really good OS, stable, fast, and the games run very well on it. At the release of windows 7, I had not a lot of time (work, change home...), and in my free-time, I would relax with some game that I like (Dragon Age in genral)... so I lost in some way the contact with Mint, but had it ever installed in a VM, so I kept an eye on it. (perhaps some here in the community didn't forget me)
Now that I have more time, and the W7 hype is over, my I interests in Linux and the opensource World in general, keep growing. I have decided to come back to Linux Mint. For the moment I start with a refresh of my knowings, so I use Linux Mint 10 the most possible but in a VM, perhaps I will install 10 as main System, or will learn more about it in the VM (or with mint4win) and with Mint11 do the change whit a full install.....
I will lost some words of my opinion about Linux Mint and the Situation that we have for the moment:
Ubuntu as base:
I think Ubuntu as base is a good choice, for now and the future. It is a debian based system, but with some Improvements that make the work with it a lot easier. Ubuntu is not for nothing the most popular Linux desktop suite. So why ignore the work already done from Canonical and there devs... and what will Linux Mint be? A Desktop, that is ready to work after the first start, with the most features possible! Whit an other base like Debian, that will not be the case.
Debian as base:
A good Idea to become more independent, perhaps a better choice for fans that are more deep in the Linux World than a ordinary User. It will have all the advantages that Debian has, but without a backport repository that is really up to date and secure it will be not very interest for the ordinary users. I keep in mind all the Friends of me, that are no Linux Fans, and will be able to use all the new features of new Versions.... what they can whit every dump Windows system, but with a Debian system they would need to wait and wait, and when a new Version is available, the version is already overrun.
As you see my Opinions, I'm not the user that keep on the old stuff, because it is "perhaps" more stable, less bugs (I know new version new features bring new bugs too).. but I'm more open for new stuff an new idea's. So I have no problems to use Beta versions, dev-Versions... but what is important, I do not claim if I brake my system (because I know, it was me that take the risk of using that stuff of software)
so I think that is enough to introduce myself.
Sorry for my BAD English!!