I'm thinking of switching over to Linux Mint after discovering that Ubuntu 12-fallback runs very slowly on my archaic laptop (a Thinkpad T40). I'm thinking of either switching to Linux Mint 13 MATE or LMDE MATE. I imagine they're pretty similar, and I've read the FAQ about the differences. However, I wanted to compare the packages between the two distros - particularly for firefox/rhythmbox/libreoffice, but can't seem to find this info either googling or on the linuxmint website. Am I also right in thinking that LMDE will likely upgrade these applications faster than 13?