Thanks, but no thanks ...
However, having run Mint since .... 16 something, I'm very happy with it.
Unity was a step too far.
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You do realise that you could replace Unity from the packages in the repos. for something like lxde, kde, Gnome, or even Gnome fall/failback, the latter of which makes the system look quite a lot like Gnome 2 (although the plugin apps need re-writing).
There is even Cinnamon and Mate in the repos, and probably a lot of others that are either ancient or not in the mainstream.
I never liked Unity, but I found a way around using Ubuntu without having to use Unity.
I have no problem with the idea of paying to get continued support for the machines I know of using 12.04 and 14.04 but the problem with Canonical is you have to buy between $2.5k (10 pack VMs) to $7.5k worth per year (50 pack desktops) depending on the combination of minimum budget and minimum number of machines of specific types, etc.
So basically if you have only a few machines it is stupidly expensive!
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