I have been using Mint as my stable distro for my main desktop since Gloria. Always a pleasure, Yet now I'm having trouble with the whole Ubuntu family. Seems it all has to do with recent chnages in Xorg and incomatibility with the Nvidia 173 driver. I need the proprietary driver for Cinnamon/Gnome 3, but the most recent Nvidia driver keeps crashing at the most inconvenient times (desktop completely unresponsive), not all the time, yet it does.
Now I've tried the Fedora 17 live cd and it runs very smoothly, probably due to their new llvmpipe implementation which makes it possible to run Gnome 3 on non 3d graphic cards. Or maybe they have put in more effort to tweak the open Nouveau driver for Nvidia cards. Anyway I'm thinking of changing base, because it will take Ubuntu 12.10 before the llvmpipe tech wil enter Mint. I just need a stable base for my family desktop. We don't want them clamouring for Windows, do we?
And of course I can use Cinnamon on Fedora as well...