Today I test drove Linux Mint. Must say it is one of the best out there for newbies and experienced users alike. Most of all, it is a cool substitute for Ubuntu or Fedora, if you are not comfortable with the Ubuntu Unity desktop or if you are not comfortable with the Gnome 3 desktop in Fedora.
Linux Mint uses Mate as the desktop environment and Mate looks like Gnome 2. Therefore, users will not miss Gnome 2. Maybe, it would be my next OS if I get sick and tired of Fedora. But hey… no gripes from my side. I am comfortable using Gnome 3 as well. And there are exciting Gnome 3 shell extensions on the horizon.