Of course the Linux community has its fair share of April Fools as well. This is obviously hard to grasp for non-Linuxers. Not the fact that Xers can be jokers too, but the software content of the “article”.
Those who are in the know will immediately see the absurdity in this April Fools fake news report. Or do you really need an explainification? A really existing motivation by Mint to get away from Ubuntu and onto a better base is partly covered in the article. Of course the pure nonsense of switching over to join the Arch family is not revealed in that story.