The 64-bit version is the biggest disappointment for many years. Not only is the .iso unnecessarily bloated, but the (unhindered!) install took six hours and contains loads of stuff that the average user will never want. The installer is a pain. There were the 337 updates immediately listed. Etc., etc. This is not at all the sort of distro that has made Mint so popular, although it may fit the bill amongst the tiny coterie of guru developers. Those gents probably wouldn't want Xfce, though, as it is a user-oriented desktop? This one has no advantage over straight Debian? For the moment, I will continue to use 32-bit Mint 9. Sad that merlwiz ran into so many personal issues, but it might have been better if he handed over control of the Xfce Mint operation to another developer whilst offering as much help as his circumstances permit. Everyone is allowed one mistake with the best of intentions, perhaps this is a decision Clem will wish to forget?
For the few who might agree with my analysis, have you seen what Tazoc achieves in ~200Mb of .iso LHP - absolutely stunning. Bloat is the marque we have come to associate with another OS - please, there's no shame in putting the world's favourite back to it's former slim, fast and functional status.