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Yes, Mint still has the Linux shell
You can go for years now without ever seeing an old-fashioned Linux shell terminal, but it you really need it, it's still there and ready for you.
Linux Mint Software Sources
One common reason you used to need the shell was to set things up so you could easily install exotic software that wasn't ready for prime time. Now, if you're inclined to be experimental with your programs, Mint's Software Sources makes it easy to add Linux software repositories.
Have as many desktops as you'd like
Want more than one desktop? No problem. Mint makes setting up and switching from one desktop to another via hot spots simple.