I've been meaning to join the forum for some time. After unsuccessfully trying to dual boot Windows 8 and Linux on my HP Envy DV7 more than once, and not being too eager to reinstall Windows 8 for the fourth (or maybe fifth) time, I recently bought a refurbed Lenovo Thinkpad T400 to use as a Linux testbed. Installation of Mint 16 Petra 64 bit went without a hitch, a huge improvement over the previous OS, Windows Vista.
So far I've tried openSUSE, Zorin OS7, and Linux Mint. I'm not a complete noob, but I'll admit there are a lot more people who know a lot more than I do. I'll be glad to help out where I can, and I'm always willing to learn. See you all out on the forum.