I have been using Linux Mint cinnamon for the last 5 years or so, and I knew it was time to leave debian based distro's. I tried Solus, yeah it's different, Manjaro (arch) would not boot on my MBP 8,2 w/o refind, CentOS just didn't do it for me. I actually stumbled upon Fedora 28 cinnamon, it installed on my MBP with no problems. Yes there are things I have to do after install, but everything works.... great.
Thank you,
Dave