Mint team has done outstanding service, Thank you guys, but here I will try to explain what specifically leads me to express my appreciation.
Since I am constantly tinkering, about a month ago, I wanted to build a Linux machine that has all the functionality of LMDE , and, at first, I considered Arch linux, to get that "I built it from scratch" warm fuzzy feeling.
Didn't last very long, what a pain! All the postings are outdated etc etc. Then: Debian Wheezy. I succeeded, to a large part because I had used LMDE for so long. (Still using it as the pillar that supports my effort, and I will stick with Mint, to sum things up, right here.)
But I worked on my Debian system until finally, it came to resemble something really usable, with MATE desktop, drivers, codecs non-frees and so forth, so you can do photo editing, movie editing, vitual box things.....
BUT by no means OUT OF THE BOX!! A lot of googling, repos, keyrings, tarballs, and where did I find the answers in 90 percent of the cases? Mintforums, and Ubuntu, also.
So, there it is, what a waste of time,one might say, just go and download the iso file from Linux Mint, install and 2 hours (tops) later you are up and running with a system that will take you a week (or more) to build, even using an excellent distro such as Debian. A Windows user, screwing around with apt, now that is a sight to behold can you imagine!
So here goes, thank you, monsieur Clem and all the others!