As a relatively new Linux user, and a Linux Mint user, which desktop environment do you recommend? I've been using Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon for about 3 months, and despite not doing much that is too complicated or customized, I've crashed Cinnamon quite a few times. Felt like a flashback to Windows 98. With the LTS version around the corner I was going to do a reinstall so I could keep it around for 2+ years. So should I be considering the MATE or KDE version instead?
I'm really looking for a new OS to learn that is stable and functional for my day-to-day activities. Been a Windows user for years and the oasis of both linux versions and choices of desktop environments, then to choose to use LTS or non-LTS has confused the living hell out of me. And with no friends to call on the phone and say "tell me about this stuff.. does it apply to me and if so,why?" is just not an option.
I've been dual-booting Windows and Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon for about 4 months. But I've dabbled in Linux Mint going back to version 13. I spend lots of time in Linux when I know I won't need to run any Windows applications/games. Unfortunately, the lack of good support for my gaming needs(mostly Diablo) makes me have no choice but to go back to Windows regularly.