My name is Mickey. I am a software engineer by trade and have been using Linux off and on since 2004.
I have migrated from the world of Apple and part time Linux to full time Linux. I have chosen Linux Mint to be my Linux flavor of choice and am really enjoying it. The Cinnamon desktop is the perfect balance in my opinion.
This was a calculated choice as IMHO, Linux Mint is the best choice for the Linux User.
I have been participating in open source for the last few years or so. So the moves just makes sense to me.
So I built a custom PC power house with all the latest and greatest hardware Ivy Bridge CPU, SSD's, Sata 3, etc...) and installed Mint. I pulled some stuff down from the Main stream to support the Ivy Bridge CPU I purchased along with the motherboard.
Linux Mint coupled with my hardware is very fast. it boots in less than 5 seconds <== NO joke!!!! I about fell out of my chair when I saw it boot for the first time.