Gary R said: "The OP here is clearly new to Linux, and as such, may find the sheer volume of new Linux releases to be intimidating. What I was suggesting, was that there was no need for him to feel pressured to move away from Mint 17.2 just because it's been superseded by newer versions, and that if he's looking for stability whilst he learns more about Linux, then for the time being he's fine staying where he is"
You are exactly right. This is why I posed the question to those of you who have been around the "Linux block". I value your input and advice as related from your experiences. That is what I think is phenomenal about this forum..............the willingness of the experienced to assist those of us who are trying to find our way.
Healthy discourse is of great value in any forum.