as I said I use opensuse since almost 19 years on different desktops, servers and notebooks.
- intuitive usability
- stable and acceptable maintainance period
- good community
- as you said good mixture between development and regular use
- almost nothing
Linux Mint was a try to use linux on a netbook....and it worked fantastic out-of-the-box. Due to the fact that I am not focused on development and testing Linux Mint could become my 1st choice in future....excessive testing on the netbook will follow