Well, I gave Mint 14 a month or so of my time.. Here are my observations.
1. When I first installed it, I could plug in my Canon 7D, gThumbs would open and I could get images off it. Just like nature intended. One day a couple of weeks ago, this stopped working. Some USB error 'could not mount device' or some such nonsence. I have no idea why.
2. Thunderbird would open and work just fine, but if I closed it I could not open it a 2nd time as it was 'already running'. Very annoying.
3. Despite the fact that I got the latest ATI Catalyst drivers installed for my ATI 6800 card, got rid of the stupid ATI test watermark and had the Catalyst control panel working etc, no game would run. All resulted in a black screen. These included but not limited to...
- Team Fortress 2 (native) that I downloaded from Steam.
- Diablo 3 - with the help of Wine and PlayOnLinux
- Everquest 2 - Running in Windows 7 in a Virtual Box VM with the 'experimental' Direct X drivers.
- Trine 2 (native) paid for and downloaded from Steam
Goodness me, Trine 2 is sideways scroller. My C64 could run a sideways scroller!!
4. Videos would not run in the Steam client despite all of my efforts following the installation instructions.
5. This recent so called 'update' utterly trashed the desktop. Unforgivable.
I'm not suggesting that these issues are Mint related specifically. I'm just detailing my experience in the last month or so.
I've not given up on Mint. I gave it shot and it went down hill from the moment I installed it.
I have Fedora 18 installed now and will give that a go. If it can play games via Steam and otherwise, get images off my camera and run After Shot Pro I'll keep it.
If that fails I'll try Ubuntu 12.10. After that I'll make a decision. I will NOT go back to Windows7.
For what it's worth. I like the Mint desktop, icons and such, better than Fedora's default offering. But ultimately, who care what your desktop looks like?