FWIW I've been "stuck on" Fedora for a helluva long time too - since the time when it was RedHat!.
In some ways it's been/is the linux equivalent of winDozes, IMO.
Even to the point of keeping on using Fedora14
up till a few weeks ago - ie before it went to all the later Gnome3-ish rubbish. I tried an FC16 install at one point - but no thanx! - I stuck with 14
And I've still got a working FC14 on this quad-booting box beside me - which (FC14) seems slightly "clunky"/antiquated now, but, of course, it's still working well.
But, after trying Mint12 a few weeks ago, I've made the switch over to Mint as my "main" linux OS!
I initially installed Mint12(the LMDE version
- it was OK
but some things didn't work/weren'tthere) but over the last week or so I've upgraded to Mint13 (in spite of having to be brave about the "13" number
) - mainly because of its LTS (L
And I am feeling quite pleased to have done so!
It (the Mate version at least) is still Gnome2
- ie it's user
-configurable - and without all this taskbar-across-the-top-of-the-screen Gnome3/Unity rubbish - where you can't do much about how it looks/behaves.
Can recommend making the switchover - on my current experience at least