Re: Unity not all bad
Doesn't matter which release a user prefers. The simple fact that Canonical offers multiple options, suggests they are attempting to meet the needs of their users.
The key is to use what works. Not worry about that which works for others or that which doesn't meet one's needs and/or expectations. I cringe when reading those posts here that say a user hasn't given it enough time or suggests that a user doesn't understand. I doubt a user will be impressed by someone telling them they haven't tried a release long enough. It's embarrassing to read a post suggesting that another user is to incompetent to perform their own assessment. IMHO it's patronizing and defines those who participate in such activity.
Personally, I refuse to acknowledge questions regarding my preference. Nor, do I engage in bashing or ranting about releases/distros that "I" find unacceptable. I'm a firm believer in using what works and have long ago learned to ignore the bias of others.
Perhaps, an attitude of acceptance might be more beneficial. Instead of defending or patronizing, just help others to make a decision that best meets their needs/expectations, regardless of which distro or release it is. If you find Mint meets your needs - then enjoy. It's all good from a Linux perspective, IMHO any increase in Linux user numbers equates to success.
Just my $0.02
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."