|OpenOffice.org & its Menus|
The Mint tools are mostly present and accounted for (including the new Software Manager), which is nice. Skimming through Synaptic Package Manager shows that although the developers haven't released Linux Mint "Debian" with DEs other than GNOME, DEs like KDE (at version 4.4.5, which is probably what will ship with Debian 6 "Squeeze") and Xfce are available in the repositories.
|Installer — Time Zone Selection|
Finally, shutting down yields a somewhat less pretty shutdown menu; only text buttons, as opposed to buttons and nicely-done icons, are present.
I think that this is the start of something great, and a solid one at that. There are a couple kinks that should be solved fairly easily, and the rolling-release model holds a lot of promise for the distribution. My next installation of Linux Mint might just be the Debian-based one, as I might need Debian to properly install some of my college's software (some stuff isn't installing right on my current Linux Mint installation).