I agree. Mint 13 Xfce is the best.
Right now I'm running the regular Mint 13 Xfce and LMDE Xfce - they boot in the same time and seem the same, but Mint 13 is easier.
Besides older Redhats and ubuntus, recently I've fooled with the below distros and Mint 13 Xfce wins:
- Ubuntu - got weird and kinda unreliable with 12.
- Arch - fast, light, everything's much harder than with anything else (including compiling kernels). It's the only one that boots fast*.
- Fedora - not bad, uses systemd, yumex package manager sucks.
- Debian - can be light, good installer, wine=big hassles, seems a bit kludgy(?).
- Mint LMDE Xfce - about like M13 Xfce; posting from it right now. Like Debian, it seems to have older software versions them M13.
*Arch will boot into fluxbox in 13 seconds; all these other distros take 20-25 seconds.
FWIW, removing "readahead" from Mint 13 made it boot 5 seconds faster...
Main OS: Mint 17/fluxbox/noPulseaudio.
Also Debian 7.8 systemd/sysvinit/fluxbox/