I simply love Linux Mint for it's eye-candy & Out of the box experience (OOBE). I'm currently using Linux Mint 3.1 (Celena), which fits my needs very well. I was looking at upcoming releases, and found Mint being tried with Debian. Which I think is a fantastic idea.
I am really impressed with Debian, and I think it would be great for a Linux Mint release to be based on Debian (stable release, not testing). Imagine stability of Debian with eye-candy & OOBE of Mint!! How about having two releases of Linux Mint 5?
1. Based on Ubuntu (for innovative & cutting-edge features)
2. Based on Debian Etch (4.0r2) LTS (for stability & long term release)
That way, people like me.. who prefer stability & maturity than cutting-edge features will celebrate!
I think Mint will also have a more widespread appeal this way.