Biker, what flavors of Linux are you running? I'm partial to Mint and run Mint 12 with Cinnamon on three of my machines. I do have LMDE on one older machine and I dual boot a couple of them with PCLinuxOS.
It's funny, because just yesterday, I was talking to one of my mods and we were both commenting on how we just cannot ever seem to get comfortable with KDE. And, speaking entirely for myself, I really cannot put a finger on why I prefer GNOME. When I first started trying to use Linux, I was using a WUBI install , so I guess I just got used to GNOME. But that's the beauty of Linux - you can generally find a distro that will do exactly what you want. And it's easy to tailor a distro the way you want it.I've tried Mint, but no matter how much I give it a try, I CAN'T FREAKIN' STAND GNOME!
I gave OpenSUSE a go, a few months back. After Hour Two of failing to get my sound card working, I went back to Mint.I tend to stay with Slackware and Slack derivatives. My all time favorite distro has been Vector Linux for over 7 years now.
I tried the latest Mint two months ago. (My external drive is dedicated to Linux distros and one partition is for playing with distros that catch my eye.) Unfortunately, my notebook has an ATI x1250 in it, and there's a bug with the newer kernels and HDMI. The end result is constant spam to messages, causing the size to balloon exponentially. Adding nomodeset to the start up parameters usually kills the spam, but for some reason, it doesn't work in the latest Mint. I posted about it in the forums. Response? Crickets. Nothing but crickets.