I just installed Mint a couple of days ago, and I have been using Ubuntu with dual boot XP for about 1 1/2 years.
I had so much junk on my Ubuntu install (installed KDE) and I had like 50 applications in each menu (over exaggerating) and I needed a little change so I installed Mint.
I tried other OSes like PCLinux (won't install grub properly - can't boot) , mepis (anything using KNetworkmanger is supper slow connecting to my wireless network) Sabayon (to bloaty and slow), Vector (wouldn't even boot) and others.
Ubuntu just works with a little tweaking, running Automatix. Once you have it all setup it just works!!!
But Mint looks so much better and I like the MintMenu and a lot of the applications installed by default. I hate Evolution and Rhymbox.
I like Thunderbird, Amorak, and I was even using Sunbird which installed by default. Anyway, Mint has a better selection of default applications as well as codecs and pluggins for multimedia.
Community is small, but GREAT!! and you can always use the Ubuntu forums to find answers as well.
MINT = Supped up Ubuntu !!!
Like to mention as well that I installed a few things using Automatix (Fiesty version) which does work with mint Cassandra.
I also used the software portal with mint.
Everything just works with a little tweaking here and there