If you really wanna try something adventurous (until UP4, that is), I personally have just installed straight Debian Testing from scratch running XFCE 4.8 with all the multimedia files one expects (I've already given a tutorial to one gentleman who was interested, so I could give a step-by-step guide). It doesn't have some of the Minty finishing touches (like it doesn't have proprietary programs like Firefox, only Iceweasel, and the standard flashplugin-nonfree, stuff like that), but it is ridiculously lightweight, super stable and is a great way to fill the gap between update packs. At the very least, you would learn a TON about how the Debian system works, I know I did.[/quote]
I find the straight Debian installer intimidating enough A step by step guide to using that crazy installer would be a job in itself I would think. Right now I will be happy if the Latest update packs don't bork my installs, after the freeze I'm planning on switching my repositories to Stable.
I really want the impossible, I want Debian Stable with updated software.