lol folks knocking down mint cause it's user friendly and stable, ok I guess they want something harder and more unuseable I guess
I still recommend mint to all folks wanting to come over to linux, why? cause it's stable, easy to use, user friendly, still got all my family on it, well ok arch enemy, I'm still on manjaro lmao, ya know why, have to have the rolling release and still no issues except the network manager which I made so it don't update it so it works.
Did get a kick out of your trials with it though ya got stamina.
Really it doesn't matter which distro ya use, it's all a matter of choice, and lucky for all of us, linux gives us so many choices no one should feel left out, it's a beautiful thing this linux word is.
If your an elitist theres plenty of hard ways to run linux, if your an everyday user plenty there to, if you have specific stuff like music art science etc theres even special editions for those folks to or make it the way ya want to, if your not happy heck make your own the way ya want it to be, don't like the look create your own or find ten million themes kicking around, choices of desktop versions are a lot, don't like any of those heck learn coding make your own lol.
Some like apples some like oranges great thing with linux we got all the of them