Well, this was a thing about GNOME, the destkop enviroment, not about the distro (in fact, I copied and script from an arch user!). It would happen the same if you picked that flavour of Mint (I don’t know if they offer such thing).
I have been a long Debian user, I only tried PureOS because I like the all-open-source philosophy and wanted to check on my own what are those “privacy-focused” options where it is supposed to differ from Debian. In regards to DE’s, xfce has been my main driver for the last years, because I want the minimum packages “as possible” (but I don’t feel comfortable with just window managers, I am not that purist… lol)
Anyway, GNOME things… at least it looks good. There is something about nautilus and how integrated it looks that feels slick to me. Although this log-in thing… or not having native status icons or any kind of legacy tray… damn! I just can’t get why they made such decisions!