Originally Posted by Thomas Anderson
Agreed Ubuntu is in a state of flux right now kinda like Gnome 3 is and KDE4 used to be. Personally I use Debian Wheezy with Mate but Mint works well and may be better suited for beginners and those that don't want to tinker with their system. If you like Xfce then SalineOS 2 is a great choice too. It's rock solid and kinda reminds me of Ubuntu with out all the fuss.
Debian Wheezy with Mate
To many to list in Virtualbox
Homemade router/firewall with Debian Squeeze