I'm Erwin and I live in the Netherlands and installed yesterday Mint 9 (Isadora) Gnome.
Reason I choose this install is I had lots of problems to get my NVIDIA Geforce FX5500 to work in Pinguy OS.
After reading I found a post that Mint 9 is working perfectly so that's what I did.
Install went smoothly, complete update of the system too and the NVIDIA Driver works like a charm.
So I am very happy to have this up and running.
Currently running a dualboot with XP (with Palemoon & Thunderbird) but slowly I want to move completely to Mint.
Years ago I was playing around with BeOS, Red Hat and JAMD Linux but in that time it was not really an option to drop my Winbox.
Now I see Mint I am very happy to see the huge step forward with very nice desktop alternatives.
So for now it is Mint 9 until I know for sure I can upgrade without NVIDIA problems to version 13 and if the performance will stay like it is now on my AMD 3200+ system.
Here is one very happy newbie