I am posting this on Mint Debian via Virtualbox. I also have the Mint Menu installed in 10.10.
For me Mint was the Mint Menu. I love how you have total system access via a menu. When i use other menus they feel buggy because I can't edit, remove, install, or search for programs.
But again LMDE runs without no issue in Virtual Box. It can run full screen or seamless like another program. Have also noticed the jumping cursor issue is no more.
I have come to the conclusion that having 10.10 with 76 drivers and other distros running in VB is the best of both worlds. This will become more important for me after the Unity Disaster.