Replaced @Linux_Mint 16 Mate Edition with @Ubuntu 13.10 plus @Mate_Desktop to replicate the feel of Ubuntu 12.04 @Gnome Fallback, since discontinued in favour of Gnome Flashback (based on Gnome 3 Shell). Before that, I first tried superseding Ubuntu 12.04 with Ubuntu Gnome 13.10.
Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition was a better choice for me than the Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Edition, as I have two drives in this laptop, and the Nemo file manager didn’t sufficiently make the “Documents” folder under “Computer” with the Linux disk sufficiently different from the “Documents” folder as a Bookmark from the Windows 7 disk. The Caja file manager on Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition did make the Bookmark distinct.
However, when I failed to install Dropbox onto Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate Edition with the Caja file manager, a forum thread on “Dropbox breaks after last mint update” discouraged me from proceeding with Mint.
There’s a long thread on “Why does everyone hate Unity?” Unity has been the standard desktop provided by Canonical since 2010, and provides a bridge for Ubuntu to have a more uniform experience on tablets and smartphones. However, I’ve found that I can work faster with the Gnome 2 look-and-feel, than either Gnome 3 or Unity.
Unlike the recent criticisms that “Forcing the Modern UI on Windows 8 users was Microsoft’s biggest mistake“, Linux gives users a choice with many distributions and flavours.