I have stuck with Mint 10 as I tried out 11 for a while and got pi$$ed off with having so many upstream issues caused by Ubuntu. I have messed around with XFCE, but I don't need a light-weight distro with my laptop hardware, so I think that LMDE is going to be my future route. I'm just waiting for the updated ISO which should, hopefully (viewtopic.php?f=141&t=76556#p444795
) be 'just around the corner', rather than installing the current version and having to download 1GB+ of updates immediately
Of course, it is all down to personal preference, but I'm not convinced about the route that Ubuntu is going down so I'm getting ready to make the switch sooner, rather than later.