Linux Mint 13, code name “Maya: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 13 ‘Maya’. Available in two editions, Linux Mint 13 features the choice between a productive, stable and mature MATE 1.2 desktop and the brand, new modern-looking and exciting Cinnamon 1.4. These two desktops are among the best available, they’re perfectly integrated within Linux Mint and represent great alternatives to GNOME 2 users. Linux Mint 13 is also an LTS (long-term support) release and it will be supported until April 2017 linuxmint.com
This is a great release for the new user, as it provides a traditional user experience and customisation abilities that easily outmatch Gnome 3. Highly recommended.