Shooting's too good for 'em? I'm afraid I don't think they're worth the cost of lynch - just walk away. I am. I've been installing Debian on the test boxes (Wheezy), and wish I'd noticed that Debian branch of Mint earlier. May not be too late yet, we'll see.
But seriously: thanks, Ubuntu, for all the good stuff you did before you went tablet-mad. You too, Gnome. Maybe some day again, but for now, no thanks.