I've been using Linux Mint as my main desktop operating system since version 2.1 (Bea). I have upgrqaded my version to the latest offerings from Mint experiencing many improvements (like wireless networking and compiz-fusion) and some losses (the decent and stable version of Kompozer will no longer functioned after Mint 5).
I have discovered some versions just seem to work better than others on specific hardware. 9 and 10 work great for me on a variety of hardware. I found 11 buggy and there were some issues with 12 too but I can't remember the details right now. I have tried the Debian editions, and Mint 13 Mate (which works great apart from compiz-fusion).
So I'm always torn, should I upgrade to then latest version or should I stick with a version that works best for me and I have configured just as I like it - even though it is labelled as 'obsolete' and its support, short-term or long-term, has run out?
I currently using Mint 10 to write about this post (Obsolete since April 2012). Is this going to cause me problems in the future? Should I disable the update manager and 'freeze' the system in its current state? Or should I accept a more recent version that still has support (even if it means loosing some features and capability)?
Pentium Dual Core E5800 @ 3.20 GHz
RAM 4022 MB
Linux Mint 10