On my old dinosaur comp hardware drivers under debian and many others seem to work just fine. Though cannot really say how they stack up on newer hardware and laptops. Probably similar ... ubuntu is a derivative of Debian afterall.
Haven't had any probs with the Debian based linux distro installed. It's a rolling release using debian sid too me thinks. Hasn't given me any problems. But I don't update much. Worked so well at default, don't really feel the need to mess with it or get updatitis. Why mess with and attempt to fix summin that isn't broken.
Ah I get it ... it was all running from live session. Cause those were terrible RAM stats otherwise. Sure live session chomps up RAM, since everything is running from RAM. Would just go ahead and google any of the other returns/results you're unsure of the meaning for. Should at least give ya a much better understanding of what it signifies.
Just general opinion ... At this point think it's better for anyone who doesn't already 1/2 know what they're doing with linux to stick to Mint's main releases ( buntu based stuff ) Though could always go ahead a dual-tri-quad boot some of the other Minty Magic releases on a testing partition to see how ya get along. With lil or no harm befalling the hapless linux user involved.
Only would suggest taking a bit of time to understand the install process and doing it manually. It's fairly simple imo for most linux stuff with a half decent installer. With the end goal being to either install grub to the Mint debian releases partition ... Or not install it at all and figuring out how to edit grub menu.lst to manually add that install. Could also be as simple as running the command sudo update-grub in terminal to add the new install to your boot menu too. Don't quote me on that. I'm stuck on a grub legacy kick and have gotten decent at using it to add & edit stuff.
If ya let it the last distro installed will take over the mbr of your hdd. Not such a good thing if you find you don't get along well and wanna get rid of it. Though truthfully would just be a matter of reinstalling grub too I guess.
Alright this turned into a book nevermind ... got work 2 do besides.
(next day edit ) In fact grub2, doesn't have a menu.lst file. Manually editing it is a bit diff than legacy ...