All Mint point releases (17, 17.1, 17.2) are going to use Ubuntu 14.04 as a base. That means upgrading Mint 17 is low risk task until Mint 18 is released in 2016 (based on Ubuntu 16.04).
Also expect Mint Debian Edition based on Debian 8.0 (Jessie) to be released later this year. Currently the Debian edition of Mint is rolling release but the developers have agreed that starting with Jessie, they will use only stable releases to base their version on.
What I more meant was I am not as interested in working with graphics code/libraries. Not to say I couldn't but that is just not what interests me. I figured along the way I would look around for free assets or look for a friend (new or old) to help me on that front.
I'm actively trying not to spend too much time reading other people's opinions on the internet these days, it's such a time sink and you do come away with such a negative opinion of the world.
But I'll go through the comments if it's a subject I'm interested in and the comments are constructive or add to the original link. Often I've noticed a pattern where the largest discussions start with a comment along the lines of "This article is wrong because ..." and the reply "<quote from above comment> No, it's not because ...". That's a sign to just close the tab.
I have Greasemonkey and the "Hacker News collapsible comments" script installed: