New Mint User - Cinammon, MATE or xfce?
I'm new to this forum, hope I've posted this in the right place! I'm basically here as I'm thinking of changing to Linux Mint after being a longtime user of Ubuntu (Jaunty and for the past 2 years Lucid).
At first I had considered upgrading to a newer Ubuntu distribution, but after trying Ubuntu 12.04LTS from a Live CD, I decided not too as I don't really like it especially the new Unity interface, it seems to go against everything I liked about Ubuntu: its simplicity, similarity to Windows desktop environment, speed and style.
So after looking around, I was close to choosing Kubuntu but heard of the (not-so) new kid on the block: Linux Mint. I liked the sound of it for a number of reasons.
1. It shares many features of the classic Ubuntu environment.
2. I like the idea that it works "out-of-the-box", which makes the transition easier for me as it comes pre-installed with multimedia codecs, flash etc. As much as I like interacting with other linux users, I'd rather not spend days trawling forums looking for solutions unnecessarily.
3. Once booted, it is much, much faster than the new Ubuntu releases.
4. I'm basically just looking for a rock solid, open-source linux distribution where everything, 'ow do you say, just WORKS.
Which leads me on to the main topic of conversation here.
Bearing in mind I am a longtime user and lover of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid, with its default Gnome environment, and what I've said above, what would you say is the best Desktop environment for me: MATE, Cinnamon or xfce?
I'm using a Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop with an Intel T5550 1.83 GHz Dual-Core Processor and 3GB RAM.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!