I'm a newcomer to Linux Mint, although I've been using GNU/Linux for 18 years or so. I've defected, as it were, from Ubuntu, because I cannot seem to get an installation together that works for me, after I moved to Ubuntu 11.10 Beta. I wanted kernel 3.0.1, for support for the wireless adaptor of my HP laptop (ralink).
The setup of the Linux Mint Gnome desktop is the most intuitive one I have found---for me. After experimenting with Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu 11.11 (Beta), I am left to worry what is going to happen to Gnome. This Gnome 2.32 is working really well, and I have found precompiled binaries on line for the Linux-3.0.1 kernel. I am happy now. More, I like the way Linux Mint is set up.
This all begs the question, again, where will Gnome 3 lead to?