Seeking advice from Mint veterans. I ran Mint xfce years ago, and have run Xubuntu for years. I like no-frills desktops and UIs and have been happy with xfce. (Unlike LXDE, which I never liked much, maybe since I read a lot online and the fonts are funky.) Been itching to try MATE. My first Ubuntu install was the mainstream flavor with Gnome circa 2008. I switched to Xubuntu soon after and never looked back---but Gnome without bells and whistles sounds good. Is that what you get with MATE? Anyway, I plan to either install Mint 17.1 MATE real soon, or else go back to Xubuntu, probably 14.04 LTS. I am not a distro hopper but I am ready for a change. What do you recommend and are there are hidden tricks to MATE lying in wait to snag a new user? Thanks much in advance.