To get this straight, there was absolutely nothing wrong with my Crunchbang Waldorf setup, but as often, when I read about Mint 13 XFCE, curiosity got the better of me and I had to try it out.
So far I have to say this is the best XFCE- based distribution out there today. Like always with Mint, installing it is a breeze. XFCE 4.10 is already included, and all the software I’m using already installed (Firefox, Flash, VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Xchat, Gimp, …) plus Multimedia codecs. You can even use MintMenu (or any other Mate applet) through the XfApplet plugin. Sure it doesn’t fit on a CD anymore, but on any 3€ USB stick.
Driver support for my Asus 1215N is complete (including Bublebee Nvidia optimus drivers from a PPA) and with 100% compatibility to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS the 3rd party software support is very good, too. Like all other Mint 13 versions, Mint 13 XFCE is also an LTS release, which will be supported until 2017, making it the ideal candidate to install on your mom’s old PC or anywhere else, where you don’t want to reinstall every 6 months.
So if you want a no bullshit Linux distro that is easy to use and “just works” and will be supported for a while, Mint 13 XFCE is definitely your choice.