My elderly (2004) laptop, a Toshiba PRO-L10, has a hard drive showing signs of advanced age. Apart from 0.25M faulty sectors, every SMART characteristic comes up either 'pre-fail' or 'old age' ! So I have splashed out, not very much, and ordered a new drive.
Obviously I will have to install an OS when i get round to fitting it. At the moment it is running Mint 17.3 XFCE in view of its relatively low power, and running it pretty well. So do I put 17.3 back on or is it worth my while hanging off until 18 XFCE reaches general release status ? I know I could get the Beta tomorrow but I am not sure if I am brave enough for that.
I have been through the 'Mint 18 - First impressions' topic and I am quite willing to give 18 a go, but I would prefer not the Beta. Any thoughts or even alternatives ?