I took the time to subscribe to Linux Mint just to say that i disagree.
I'v been using Linux (and X11 on other boxes) for about 20 years.
After my upgrade to Fedora 15 I figured that most desktops were too heavy and too inefficient for me.
I really like and got used to some Compiz-Fusion features with the time, and using it with the recent *environments* like gnome is really too cumbersome.
So I finally decided to give up and move to something lightweight and fast, thus LXDE.
But then, my well tailored AWN looked really ugly and missing "the cube", well I started compiz with LXDE.
Surprise! it's really fast, everything just run very cool. (Perhaps because I do have a decent graphic card?), it's way way better than with any other gnome, kde, etc.
Apropos the missing menus, i figured out that if you use: pcmanfm --desktop-pref
and UNSET the "Show menus provided etc..." under the "Advanced" tab, you get a desktop related menu, which is not an applications menu, but still better than nothing.
My system is so messed-up (upgrade on upgrade since FC2 with some pref files still from the *redhat 4* days, (not the redhat server, the redhat distor))
that I couldnt figure out how to configure lxde as I have many *configurations* in my apps menu.
So a few hints to spare some time to others (maybe it's just for the FC guys ?):
lxtask (cool top like)
Good luck and thanks to the LXDE developpers