I voted for my choice and have pretty much kept my mouth shut about why
I made the choice that I did and the reasons. I did post a rare (for me) +1 about the "Chevy owners being Ford wannabes" simply because I appreciated the humor of the post, not necessarily the analogy. So I've been quiet for the most part but I guess it's time to say a few things now...in no particular order...
This thread was bound to cause controversy, simply no way around it. These types of subjects always do. It was also known that the thread would promote a lot of good conversation as well (which it certainly has and nearly all on topic too). People are people and subjects like this one will always bring out the best and worst so to speak.
The world of the Gnome DE is in great turmoil now and this has affected all Linux based DEs in general. Some more, some less. Overall, Gnome was the most popular DE available for Linux disros through the years, up until the coming of Gnome 3 and the deprecation of Gnome 2. The immediate result of this departure from the "traditional desktop" by the Gnome devs was the creation of new DEs/interfaces such as MATE, Cinnamon and Unity and this, with all due respect to everyone, is called "change". And change, at the very least, causes all sorts of confusion. Most people hate change especially when it comes to things they consider "every day" tools and devices.
This flurry of confusion, creation of new DEs and the acceptance and rejection thereof will settle down in time and I'm sure that time will be reasonably short .
I'm not really concerned about certain folks "soapboxing" their particular choice of DE. Nothing new there since this kind of thing has been going on in the world of PCs vs Macs for the last two decades or so. Why should the world of Linux Distros be immune to this? What makes Linux so special that it is expected to "rise above" this sort of rivalry? As I said, people are people, 'nuff said about that.
That being said, calling people names, making derogatory statements about other OSs or DEs or users thereof is not acceptable. Those who do this should receive one warning and one warning only. If they do it again then they should be immediately banned. You're entitled to your opinion but you do not have the right to be nasty or disrespectful.
Okay, I've gone and rambled on again so I'll stop now. All the above is just my opinion of course. And by the way, I agree with releasing two different ISOs of the "Main Edition" of Linux Mint 13. One with Gnome 3/Cinnamon and the other with MATE. If the user wants gnome-shell or Unity w/Compiz instead then they can install the Gnome 3/Cinnamon iso, remove Cinnamon and install either one.
Please forgive any typos. I've gone past my lunch time and don't have time to proofread.
"Humph. Choice, it is the quintessential Linux delusion, simultaneously the source of it's greatest strength, and it's greatest weakness." (All apologies to The Architect)