mint being the beginner friendly distro has completely faded into obscurity because of ubuntu for quite a while now, i settled for manjaro with kde (fuggen zoomer shit i kno) on desktop but have planned to switch to arch and trying spectrwm as a first tiling wm, i've just been too lazy since it just keeps werking, on my laptop i've got manjaro with openbox, but am trying out a lot, since i don't constantly use the laptop or really need to, for security and less bloat i'll try openbsd on it next, since that's what i wanna set up my server with too, can't use it on desktop sadly because of nvidia…
I run Mint because it's great. Cinnamon, XFCE, and KDE are all nice WMs too.
The only downside that I have is that none of them easily support mouse speed without acceleration, but there is a way to fix that on the command line
Returned to using Linux about a year ago and I also use a Debian and XFCE combo. In the past I ran some ricer distros like Arch but I just can't be assed to mess around with that stuff any more. This is the most practical setup I could find for my tastes.
I'm tempted by Devuan because of the init issue but I find those spin off distros don't have the same level of support. Used #!, AptoSid, BunsenLabs, and AntiX in the past but I got tired of swapping due to the distros dying quietly or updates gradually waning so I'll probably stick with mainline distros from now on.
I set up Mint (I think with Cinnamon) for a small business I help out with recently. Had to be something simple to use because it's run by old people. They were already used to OpenOffice and otherwise just needed a web browser so little pain on that transition.
Guix with xfce is super comfy