Thanks for that, I must admit I've played with many Linux's over the years, Mandriva, Suse, Fedora etc and always found "something" I did not like but Mint is slick. I love it and find myself using it more and more.
My son now uses Mint and my daughter a Mac, needless to say they don't have many spyware / virus problems anymore.
Like you I have tried many Distros - Mepis, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, Zenwalk to name a few. I found one that works for me in Mint. IMHO the community makes the Distro, so while Mint may not be perfect the minor imperfections are those I can live with and the community helps with the rest.