it looks really very beautiful. while i don't thing that i should hate ubuntu only because of unity. unity may not be a good desktop environment but it is not going to divert me. Though linux mint is very good distro which has something that we have expected from ubuntu.
What's the difference between the ubuntu and debian versions of Mint? I already know that I want the XFCE, 32bit version but which one should I install? Does Ubuntu have an advantage over Debian or vice versa?
Ubuntu has more up to date packagees, features, and has everything working by default and Debian has old more stable less up to date packages and many features most people expect to automatically work you would habe to configure yourself. Try not updating your Ubuntu packages for a few years and you will find them to be more identical to those of Debian.
I like putting Mint on USB flash thumb drives for people who are thinking about getting into Linux. If Linux Mint always came with LXDE as the standard default DE, I would put it on flash thumb drives for anybody even mildly curious about Linux (taking simplicity of the interface and ability to breathe new life into older 'low resource' machines as virtues).
Eyecandy is nice but most of the machines my friends have are low resource. However the disbelief on their faces when they witness a small 2GB flash drive making their computer seem twice as fast is priceless.
Mint is fresh and simple. I liked Maya (LM 13) MATE to Quina(LM 17) MATE. Cinnamon DE is quite smart and handsome but it gets hanged at times while trying on a Live DVD. I wish Linux Mint have an edition made on Debian stable with all applications included.