Hi dstleanage, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Thanks for joining the forums! the first release of Ubuntu was late 2004, so either time is moving slower than you think or you used something else first
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (tutorials, hardware and software reviews, ideas), and the Cinnamon Spices
website for adding even more themes, applets and extensions to Cinnamon.
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users.
Have fun with Linux Mint