Please everyone, lets keep this discussion to Linux Mint as the OP started. We're not comparing one OS to another here, rather following the development of Linux Mint 18.
I feel like an interloper in a foreign land here! Just happened to read this thread, and, well.....nobody's tried to derail it yet, have they? You don't actually get people like that on here, do you? (If you don't, that would make this the first forum ever...(*tongue-in-cheek* ))
I actually tried installing 17.3 'Rosa' Cinnamon earlier this evening, and ran into the usual crop of problems that made me remember why I gave up on the 'buntu-based releases; for a lightweight like me, it's just too much like hard work...
I'm now going to bow out gracefully, and go back to my 'toy' OS.....and leave the 'proper' OSes to the real men!
Adios, mi amigos.
Mike, that quote was aimed at a post that's been since removed.
We are good people here, and believe me, if you can learn & run Puppy, you'll find Linux Mint to be a breeze! I've ran the OS since early 2009, before there was MATE & Cinnamon, there was simply the Main edition based on Gnome 2 (known as MATE today), Xfce & KDE. No others until Debian was added in 2010. The Main version was kind of identical to what Ubuntu was at the time, only the Start Menu was at the bottom rather than top, and was (& still is) easy for anyone to jump into the Linux world easily.
The 64 builds began with Linux Mint 5, based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
Cinnamon was added with MInt 12, beginning as an add-on, just as Ubuntu users can do today, then with Mint 13 LTS became it's own & latest distro to the Mint family. For more information, read on.
It was kind of odd how Mint came to be a distro, it's founder (Clement Lefebvre) was a talk show host, and somehow one day the discussion turned to OS's & what consumers wanted. Later on, that's how Mint came to be, actually beginning with KDE & not Ubuntu based. Though Linux Mint 2 was, Clem realized that he would have to broaden beyond KDE to compete & also included Xfce in early releases.
I've ran them all with success other than Cinnamon & Debian (the great-granddaddy of many Linux releases). Debian's install procedure is totally different, though I did successfully run one within a VM, and Cinnamon, well the flying out wallpapers along with some bouncing were more than what I want, which MATE provides, a simple, easy to use DE. Have been running the same one all of these versions & have no intent on changing.
Though have messed around with Xfce some, and actually installed a few of these on computers for the elderly, it's what many has preferred when I booted all three (Cinnamon, MATE & Xfce) in Live Mode, plus the latest Ubuntu for those who preferred the Modern UI that Windows 8 offered. So far, only about 3-4 wanted Ubuntu, most wanted MATE or Xfce. This is why I carry a few on USB sticks, plus on DVD in case there's issues with booting from USB, though in recent years have not found this to be as much of an issue as Secure Boot (which I always disable on behalf of the person) is.
Looks like I'll have some work upcoming, along with hopefully a few tips or gifts (I never charge & insist that anything given is not a payment for services), rather a token of appreciation.
I'm hopeful that Linux Mint 18, with the final release, will have the AMD graphics issues sorted out, though nothing is guaranteed, was hoping that Linux Mint would offer their own in-house option for support.