I know, this is old news! I recently switched from Ubuntu to LMDE because I heard it was sexy (it is!) and I wanted rolling releases. This news concerns me though.
The thing is, while I value freedom as much as the next Debian user out there I only value it up until the point that proprietary bits and pieces work better than those free pieces. How will Mint source its kernels now that Debian has split out the free from the non-free? Will we just give users a free kernel, recompile it ourselves, or just take the stock kernel as it comes from the maintainers ( I assume free and non-free mixed together)?
I switched to LMDE for the ease of use (hopefully) and simplicity. I also would rather I didn't lose essential features of the kernel in the future because Debian stuck to what they had always aimed for, a completely free system. I'm sure I could try out this liquorix this or even compile my own and while I have before I'd rather not do it again
As an aside, I've thought of Arch, and PCLinux, and even Fefora (and I might try Fedora), but I've become really used to the apt way of doing things, Arch seems like a bear to maintain over time, and PCLinux is still my baby on the side <3