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.
+Robert Zaccour That does not sound accurate to me. LMDE does not support PPA's but the updates are more recent which is why its not for everyone. Updates in testing that would very likely wait till the 6 mo release would come to LMDE quicker. The question was not Debian or Ubuntu but Mint Ubuntu and Debian editions.
Maybe it should be resource inintensive. I was resistant to 12 but its warmed on me. I have my complaints but it is not any more intensive than 11 or 10. But then if someone is used to LMDE it may feel bloated.
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.