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I am looking for something responsive and robust, other than that I am not quite sure by which criterias to decide.

In regards to Ubuntu, would you recommend the on the website offered version 11.10, or eventually the beta?

In regards to Mint, what would be cases, one should rather opt for Mint?

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I'm going to risk it and try suggesting an option beyond the ones you suggested: Debian. If you want Robust, Debian is (maybe even excessively) Robust. Any Linux can be made responsive but of course, Debian is responsive as well. If you are a beginner, or you want a huge user base, go for either of the ones you suggested. If you want more of a minimal approach to your OS, choose Debian. –  user14517 Apr 25 '12 at 11:52
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Well, the new Ubuntu 12.04 official comes out tomorrow (April 26th), and the new Linux Mint 13 will come out around the end of May. Both are the equivalent versions of each other with a different UI.

So, you should try both of them out, perhaps with the Live version (without installation), and see which ones seems to suit you better.

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Run the live "CD" from a USB stick, rather than a CD, and you'll get a better idea of how responsive it will be. –  ams Apr 25 '12 at 12:31
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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 Final Beta, so I'm biased. That being said, it's my opinion that Mint is a slightly different UI + apt-get -y install ubuntu-restricted-extras out of the box. So it's one command to be roughly at mint if you don't mind the unity UI.

If you do mind the unity UI, just install gnome-panel and change you login preferences.

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