I see that. My argument is based around the user experience of Mint as the editions currently stand. There seems to be a huge amount of discussion in the forums recently about people talking about moving away or stopping using Mint if it switches to a solely Debian base (or doesn't move away from Ubuntu (people are confusing! )). If people like Mint then surely that's what's important Isn't that what the Mint Team bring to the table? To claim that you (or newcomers) are not going to use Mint because of the base is churlish IMO. If people don't like the Mint experience then I'm OK with that - after all, it's down to personal choice and the wonderful world of Linux means that there's bound to be a distro out there that caters to someone's personal requirement. Obviously, something may happen that stops me enjoying using Mint - that would be a sad day for me - but my decision is going to be made after using the latest version & finding that out, not because I read something I disagree with or don't necessarily understand.proxima_centauri wrote:Ubuntu has been developing many user-level improvements beyond the vanilla Debian GNOME experience, such as hardware drivers utility, startup disk creator, notification area and indicator applet for instance. If you switch bases, it means you lose the improvements that Ubuntu has brought to the table. Of course not everybody appreciates Ubuntu's contributions, but I think it's easier to use a base where you can pick and choose enhancements, rather than start from scratch.
The advantage to using Debian testing as a base is the continual rolling release philosophy, as opposed to Ubuntu's 6 month major release schedule - since major dist-upgrades have been under scrutiny for causing problems (part of the reason Mint advocates the mintBackup + fresh install method -- although I think Ubuntu is making strides to improve the upgrade procedure).
Personally, i'd like to see a version of Mint based on Knoppix