So - Linux Mint 12 (rc) is pretty fancy... but it's missing some core elements that I use on a daily basis.. 1. Fix the crazy bold font in the terminal.. go into settings, remove bold and change font size from 12 to 8. 2. Install vim (really?) 3. Install google-chrome 4. Install filezilla (use it in sftp mode!) 5. I'll think of something else. I wanted to have 5 points... Other than that, the install is pretty much exactly like Ubuntu's 11.10 install. They even offer to 'upgrade' Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12 during install instead of replacing it. The MGSE overlay on gnome-shell is sweet - pretty much the reason I wanted to try Mint 12. It's working great on this old acer laptop (aspire 4720z). Have you tried it? What do you think?