That's interesting, thanks for the info.
It's necessary for someone at LinuxMint to contact distributors too, if they want to push Elyssa.
I downloaded Elyssa-5-r1.iso and got the sound working fine and I feel comfortable with it, so thanks again for that recommendation - but I noticed for example that Linux Man, one of the best distributors of all kinds of Linux and a shop I'd recommend, only advertises LinuxMint-6 on his website, so we need to ask the people who download and package Mint for sale to also advertise Elyssa.
A long term stable operating system is more suitable for the majority of general computer users (rather than experimenters and programmers checking out opposition distros), that's why Microsoft XP has kept going for so long. I would prefer to see a new Mint every 4 years, rather than every 6 months - people get used to an operating system, they learn to love and depend on it, that relationship never happens with a here today, gone tomorrow distro. Actually, I'm also keeping LinuxMint-4 on an old computer for sometime use, because it's not yet time for me to say goodbye to my favourite O/S