I have installed Linux Mint 15 MATE on my desktop for a few weeks and in my opinion, this release is nearly perfect so I didnt change much from the default settings.However, for the new users of Linux Mint 15 MATE, if you need some ideas about what to do after installing the distro, here are some suggestions you can try
Each Linux Mint release usually offers four flavors, to say nothing about LMDE: Mint Cinnamon, Mint MATE, Mint KDE and Mint Xfce. The MATE edition is based around a desktop environment forked from GNOME 2, featuring a similar interface and a familiar user interaction experience.
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 Petra MATE. Linux Mint 16 is the result of 6 months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies. This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
Clement Lefebvre had the pleasure of announcing a few hours ago, November 15, 2013, that the Release Candidate version of both the Cinnamon and MATE editions of the upcoming Linux Mint 16 operating systems are now available for download, and testing, from mirrors worldwide.
Mint 17 is on its way. If you are a Windows user you might want to consider trying Linux Mint out in a virtual machine prior to the release date to get used to the look and feel. This guide shows you how to set up Linux Mint in VirtualBox.