Mint 13 is just plain incredible. Finally(!) did my backups of my stuff on my really comfy Mint9, downloaded Mint13, decided to go Mate, and installed it. I use my computer strictly as a tool (without the curvy windows, flashes and attacking icons), and it was not only possible, but super easy to exactly duplicate my Mint 9 setup. I can now relax and get on with my life as it is, with a hot desktop ready to tackle the job.
Clem, you and Mint define smooth and cool. Thank you so much for your dedication!