As much as I think Clem is doing an outstanding job with Mint in general, and I am very happy with 2 desktops running Mint, I have to comment that not only the Mint Light name is misleading (because most folks would think it is lightweight), but the project is simply ridiculous !
Mint as a market, it is a "ready to go" desktop. It has also some good extra tools, a good choice of apps, a nice artwork, and all the codecs.
Take the codecs out, and you have a regular Ubuntu, the only difference being the artwork and some different apps.
It is a counter-productive move, as adding yet another "99.5% complete" Ubuntu clone just adds to the distro fragmentation.
A productive move would have been to focus on declining "real" Mint versions for more specific use, with other DE (Xfce, Fluxbox, IceWM...). Alternate install cd's would also be a constructive move.
But advocating international laws & politics only to make a redondant distros is simply ridiculous ! You might have noticed that Ubuntu & Fedora are doing an outstanding job at that already, why add more confusion ???
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ#head- ... 34df3c2232
-As of sticking with Free Software only ? Well, I applaud the effort, we need to try harder, but why copy gNewSense : http://www.gnewsense.org/FAQ/FAQ
If Ubuntu is the center, you can go on one extreme, and you will find the FLOSS purists, with gNewSense... They have a market, they represent something, they deserve respect. Then you go to the other extreme, and you have Mint : that is for the pragmatic folks. They want a "ready to go" "out of the box" desktop that just works. They don't really care too much about politics. They also represent something, and they also deserve respect.
But remember Ubuntu (or Fedora...) is the center !
After Mint Light, we might see a gNewSense "Full edition", bundled with codecs !!! It is just the same nonsense !!!