Danko8321 wrote:Cinnamon depends on Gnome 3 so it wouldn't really loose support, it just wouldn't be installed by default, as it happens in LMDE. You can install it then if you want, but (as Cinnamon and Mate will come in separate ISOs) you would have to install it on top of the Cinnamon edition so it doesn't pull a huge list of dependencies.
So there'll be like 5 different ISO's.. So I can still use plain gnome 3... if I wished?
No, no "Plain Gnome" ISO. Mint doesn't like gnome and, paraphrasing them, Gnome Shell is going in a direction they do not want to follow and doesn't offer options that they feel they need. That's why they developed Cinnamon. If you want Gnome Shell, use the Cinnamon ISO and install Gnome Shell on top of it. That is the only way; Mint is no longer actively supporting Gnome Shell, it is only using it to base Cinnamon upon it.
Also, Debian is not a DE, it is a Linux Distribution and it is incompatible with Ubuntu. Check here
for more info on Debian
Cheer up! Things are getting worse at a slower rate.