Hi! I'm Vittorio, I'm from Italy, 51 years old. I started to use Linux Ubuntu on a old desktop a couple of years ago, but had a lot of problems with Internet connections.
Now I moved to Mint (first 15 Olivia, now 16 Petra) when I "inherited" my daughter old laptop. I fired the preinstalled Windows 7 and installed Mint instead, and I'm very satisfied up to now.
I have a netbook too, that I plan to move to Mint 17 on march, removing the actual Windows XP.
My only problem is that I cannot (yet) use the terminal because I don't know Unix sintax and commands, but I'll study.
My best wishes for an happy new year to you all!