Is Linux Mint Debian Edition that big of a deal?
As any competent new user should do before selecting his or her first distro upon the switch from Windows, I've done sufficient homework to deduce that Linux Mint is certainly the distribution most suited to my needs. That decision has been based off of DE, user-friendliness, package availability, etc. However, it's come down to whether or not I want the Debian edition, or the standard Ubuntu-forked Linux Mint OS.
The idea of having a rolling distribution is certainly attractive to me; it's comforting to know that my OS will evolve as it goes, with the pace slowed down by the Mint dev team making certain that the Debian updates will *probably* not break my OS. It's also interesting to think that I can be involved in the process of "fixing" an OS, or at least reporting bugs I find, contributing as much as a noncoder can do. Finally, I don't mind the idea that it's not as "user-friendly"; I'm perfectly capable of reading documentation and learning how to do things.
That said: what would I be missing if I chose Linux Mint 13 instead? Is LMDE more of a hassle to get started with as a first distro than I realize? What are your guys' experience with both distros? Do you have a personal favorite? And once one DOES jump the hurdles involved with using LMDE as a first distro, what exactly are the benefits with running a Debian model as opposed to an Ubuntu one?
Thanks in advance. I'm really leaning toward LMDE, but your responses would be really nice to have.