Which linuxmint should i go with?
If that's your question and we shouldn't consider anything else!
but it doesnt quite answer my question. I would like to know which Linux MINT, i should use, to try and get the most learning experience out of it.
As a rule of thumb you should always get the latest version that your hardware will run. Due to bug fixes, (which will hender your learning because the system won't operate right) and security patches, which are a must on any system.
But to be quite honest, both Ubuntu and Linux Mint have built numerous addons that were meant to dumb down the learning experience, or should I rephrase that, (dumb down to make it easier for newbies.)
Please no Flames over this. I really like some of the dumb down aspects. It saves me a lot of work.
Even if its just about linuxmint and ubuntu, i would still like to be able to get the most of these two programs.
Frist off, to start your learning. Linux Mint and Ubuntu are not programs. They are distros. If you installed each side by side and installed all the same package selectment, the only real difference would be, Kernel, modules, addons, and graphics. Not much else.
but it doesnt have nearly all the features that i've heard about. (still keeping in mind the fact that my driver is compiz black listed.)
Not all hardware will support all features. I'm using the latest LinuxMint, but I'm not using 3D or compiz. So 20 people install the exact same Linux Mint will have 20 different systems with a whole lot of differences between them.
I tried to install, two installs the same, (my laptop, and desktop). I didn't accomplish it. They are close but quite different.
If you really want to learn, then study the howtos, ether here or at Ubuntu and practices some of them. Don't be afraid to do the unthinkable, just be prepared to reinstall if need be. Break it! Then fix it! That's how you learn. And maybe try some other projects, there's a good project that is often used in school. Build your own system, on floppy disk.
Toms Boot Disk, http://www.toms.net/rb/
"The most GNU/Linux on 1 floppy disk." That's a great exercise. You will then understand, booting, from power up to bash prompt.
But if what you really want to learn, is point and click the gui, in only two of hundreds of linux flavors. Then I suppose it really doesn't matter which one you pick.