First off I'm not tech savvy. I'm just a guy who wants to use my computer, and Linux Mint lets me do that better than any other distro I've encountered. I've hadn't joined the forum until now because, really, I never had to! Nothing broke! Still hasn't. Yay! But I feel it's time to possibly contribute, if only to add my voice to those that love this distro.
I began playing with Linux when Microsoft said it would cease supporting WinXP and that I should go buy Vista (as if). I found Distrowatch and began burning live CDs. This was when Ubuntu Hardy was new but wireless problems were rampant, and I couldn't get it to run my wireless on my Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop. PCLOS2007 and Linux Mint (I forget which edition that was) were the only two that worked “right out of the box.”
For reasons I no longer remember, it was Ubuntu 8.10 that I eventually ended up actually installing on my old Dell Inspiron. It was solid and dependable but later editions were unpredictable and I was spending more and more time working on my OS instead of putting my OS to work
Dedoimedo http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-mint-julia.html was gaga over Julia so I thought I'd give it a spin, and Julia Gnome has been spinning without a hitch on my Inspiron 2200 ever since.
Recently I've installed LMDE Xfce on an old IBM ThinkCentre I found, and it's working great too! It's fast and powerful. I know it's probably gonna give me problems down the line, but for now it's fine. I like the idea of a rolling edition.
I think that the greatest hope for this interconnected age is the Open Source movement, and the greatest danger to the Open Source movement is, ironically, a failure to be accessible to the masses who simply wish to use their computers to other things. Linux Mint has consistently been eminently accessible, trouble-free, and open. Truly elegant.