Although I now prefer Mint after having a great experience with Mint-10 (Ubuntu Maverick), Mint-11 seems to have dropped some features I had liked and is not nearly so rock-stable, so I am shopping for a new and STABLE -- meaning chromium won't go 'snap' and kill all my tabs and panel applets won't disappear and reappear on reboots. Mint-10 would have uptimes of weeks, and never really need to be rebooted; 11 is more quirky -- but, to be fair, is seems to have improved over time.
This doesn't seem to be Canonical's fault entirely; I had used and loved SimplyMEPIS in the past, based on my experience with 6,0 I tried SimplyMepis-11 and KDE-4 loses me entirely. I cannot grasp its concept of 'activities.' Isn't this what virtual desktops are for? And Kwin crashed regularly for me. I have been a KDE user since version 1.0 (Caldera Open Linux-1.3) and I wished I could find it stable or even usable, but I cannot. Perhaps I will upgrade to Mepis-8.5.
Or I may go back to Red Hat. I used their 6.2 version for almost five years as a desktop machine, upgrading libraries as needed to allow newer and newer versions of Netscape, Opera, Sylpheed, Pan, VLC and kernels to be installed until Linux's move to the 2.x series of kernels and glibc and GCC changes made upgrading impossible. So CentOS (RHEL-6.1) is looking pretty good to me about now.
Canonical seems to have decided their future lies in tablets and smart devices. Perhaps that's where the money will be. But a computer needs a more complete operating system than a device does. Dumbing down Linux is a poor idea; Excluding full desktop environments from distros solely because they need to fit on a CD-ROM when DVD drives are nearly ubiquitous in most of the world not smart.
So, I'll install Ocelot, I guess, and give it a try. Mebbe in virtualization on Ultimate Edition 2.6.3 (Lucid with all updates). Sure it's lurid, but it's stable -- I used it before Mint and it broke only through upgrading through Maverick to Natty.
Which seems to prove the point.