Ok alternative O.S. folks, I'm right at the cliffs edge as far as choosing either to stay with Ubuntu 10.10 or make the jump and roll with Linux Mint 11. I've done my best to research this and answer this on my own, but from most of the review sites I've visited, they are really talking up Ubuntu 11.04 as something one really needs to use, they ramble on about all the wonderful and simple to use features, awesome depositories, cutting edge design and feel, excellent for Linux beginners, one site even went off on how Ubuntu is the Microsoft Windows of the Linux world. Then I got review sites talking up a storm about Linux Mint 11, how rugged it is, how stable and rock solid it is, how most Ubuntu depositories will work with Mint, easy to use, fairly easy to learn, the Rolls Royce of the Linux world, easy to look at desktops, simple to install, yada yada yada...... Now mind you, none of the web sites I've visited sighted anything about comparing Ubuntu 10.10 to anything, all of them are currently using Ubuntu 11.04 as their model, so as far as which is better Ubuntu 10.10 or Linux Mint 11, I really don't have a comparison, for everyone is talking up 11.04, not 10.10! Maybe one thing that will help in recommending me my next course of action, is maybe telling you all what's important to me as far as what I want to see in an operating system. Eye Candy.......Eye Candy.......and more Eye Candy! Sorry, but Windows XP's ability to be costumed up by so many third party customization tools had really turned me into a operating system customizing freak. Plus it's hard to break with tradition, when one has been doing it for over a decade. So thank you Wincustomize.org, Window Blinds 7.0, Rainmeter v. 1.4, Samurize 1.2 and Style XP, they helped turn me into the eye candy freak I am today. So I'm an eye candy junkie, custom colors, dock programs, ability to change ones desktop wallpapers, custom icons, fancy dancy add ons and so forth. My operating system has to be fairly easy to make hardware changes or adjustments, my operating system has to be nicely flow-able as far as getting around from program to program and place to place, it's important to me that my operating system supports my 25 meg high speed internet, that it will chew the speed up and spit it out and then beg me for more, it's very important to me that my operating system properly handles both music and video files effortlessly, also boot up times are a sticky point with me. My Ubuntu 10.10 is fairly speedy, not real fast, but fairly quick to boot up, I want something that will either be as fast or faster to boot as Ubuntu 10.10! And of course the last sticky point with me as far as what I'm looking for in my operating system........Networking this is the biggest selling point to me, the ability for my operating system and the machine it's being hosted on to be able to network up with all my other computers and my one in home server. So far, for the most part Ubuntu 10.10 has satisfied all the above stated points and needs. But sometimes 10.10 tends to get a little out of it's place and has to be whipped back into shape, just to get it to where it was before a certain problem came to the light. And in no way shape or form am I going to consider making the jump to upgrading my Ubuntu to 11.04, I've seen some questionable reviews as far as the "unity" thing is concerned. These "Unity" reviews are keeping me from going that route. So there we go, Linux Mint 11 vs. Ubuntu 10.10 if it were you, which one would you run with and maybe a little or brief "why" you would do so! "Thanks for your time here folks"