I really think cortman said it best - use a different distro. If your using Mint and are dissatisfied, try one of the distros listed by cortman. I prefer Xubuntu - personal choice.
IMO learning something new is great, but for many it's more about repetitive production and what best meets/fits their needs. I would suggest that instead of coming here to complain, you simply investigate new Ubuntu releases and accept that they either meet your expectations or not.
I suspect this response you made to cortman is probably accurate.
But, I also suspect you've already ascertained that based on the responses to this thread.
Apparently I'm wasting my time.
Just my $0.02
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."