Welcome to the Mint Forums, and to Linux Mint!
Your experience is pretty common I think, from the comments I've seen since I joined. And, it certainly matches mine. I have tried several different distros, even after I got more experience with Linux using Mint. Not one of them will run a program that is a must-have for me, even with a lot of research and posting questions on my part. With Mint, it just worked, no problems. I think it is something specifically related to my set-up, as other people run the program with no problems, but that is the beauty of Mint, it seems to be much less fussy about hardware.
I can definitely relate to wanting to move beyond the heavily produced, corporate OSes, too. Although Windows 7 seems to boot and load programs as fast on my system as Linux does, I prefer the cleaner, simpler, and more flexible environment of Linux.
I hope you continue to have a good experience with Linux Mint!