Agreed. If you're gonna use a non-vanilla distro, it's one of the better ones.IMO LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) receives ***far*** too little attention from both developers and the community of users. It's a default Cinnamon DE on top of a Debian Stable base and is faster and more stable ("stable" meaning "not changing") than the Ubuntu LTS-based main version(s). At first glance it appears to have feature parity but I am certain a lot of the underlying userland applications might be a little long in the tooth. It's also a rolling release so no worrying about re-installs. (I would expect that every couple of years when Debian Testing migrates to Stable that there'd be a pretty massive update, however!)
Check out this write-up for optimizing Linux Mint to run on an SSD: https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/ssd.html?m=1Been running it on an old Acer netbook, just reloaded it after replacing the original drive with a new 240 GB SSD. So far, the SSD is way faster than the 120 GB conventional drive.