I was never happy with the last Ubuntu release, hated unity and ended up dicking around with different window managers, none of which did a decent job. It was like something somewhere got screwed up, and now everything on top was getting screwed up too.
However, I couldn't get WoT to run properly in Ubuntu, so the point was moot, I have spent the last six months in Windows. The other day I decided to perform the latest system upgrade to Ubuntu (to Obstreperous Otter, or Parsimonious Pinata, or whatever the latest is) and the sucker wouldn't even reboot. Dayum. So I decided to make a break and try something a little different. Mint will do nicely, and the release I'm trying is XFCE based, so it should be fast as hell. I looked at Arch, but I problems with that before, and after five minutes I hadn't found a complete install guide (including Xserver, window manager, etc.) so I said screw it. I want a distro that works so I can do some developing (and other things) on it, I don't want a distro that turns into a job in itself.