Thanks for your reply!
you could install the tools and theme pack
Is that really the only difference? I read somewhere about configuration files, context menus, etc... is there a way to get those too?
I get that Ubuntu Studio should be enough... and I have enough experience to set it up how I'd like with codecs, context menu entries, etc, so it's how I'd like it, BUT...
How I'd like it is very similar to Mint. Very, very similar. And I happened to use Mint on a friends pc, and fell in love... AND, I want to leave ubuntu, mainly because of the cheesy new branding in 10.04. Of course, I can always take that off, I know. But that's not my type of solution.
Plain and simple: Mint is gorgeous. I want UbuntuStudio's RT kernel and package lists in Mint.
So how do I get everything? Not just the tools, codec, and theme pack, the config files, context menus, etc?
And, btw, I would like to use the resulting system to pull together a .mint configuration script (I have to learn about those still) to create Mint Studio, once I've got the system going.