In case of Mint getting shut down I have an idea about how to further Mint.
1. the developers keep making Mint.
2. all members of the forums keep copies of the latest Mint.
3. the developers keep all of our listed email address for contact points.
4. everybody seeds Mint through torrents.
5. members stay in touch through a common forum on the net if Mint gets shut down.
If Mint gets shut down for the codecs (which is necessary for everyday computing) then the members can become the lifeblood of Mint by basically keeping it going.
Just an idea.................