Re: RedHat seem to think Btrfs is ok to use
This is pretty-much what I've been doing for the last 4 years or so. RHEL/CentOS 6.7 (the latest/last in the 6.x series) for servers and Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.1/17.2 for desktops. Both for professional use and personal use.
For me, this seems to be a good combination of "stuff that just works" and getting latest stuff (that also "just works") and still supported. I'll continue along this path until there's a path with even less overhead.
"Overhead" being defined as my time spent screwing around with shit that should just "work". My time is worth more to me now as I get older (since I have less of it). Computers/Software are mostly just tools for me now, tools used to get more useful work done.