Good move. My wife had similar complaints.
I went one step better and also installed LMDE on her laptop.
after configuring it to look identical to her Mint I set it as her default boot OS. >>> she did not notice the change at all.
after a couple weeks I asked how she liked. she thought a bit and replied "I did notice that there were no updates needed, but I thought maybe you were doing that for me."
LMDE = Stable.
next spring LMDE2 will be even more stable.
OK, seriously... Didn't they just fade into the sunset? I know there is a Gnome3 desktop, but isn't it just time for it to disappear?
Nope, I firmly hate Groupon, but not thinking campaign this is worth my effort or $$$
"Should disabled users stick with outdated, vulnerable, and unsupported Linux distros or..."
Older versions may be unsupported, but thry still work.
Vulnerable to what? Are you a bank?
Give it somr time, patches happen.