As a lifelong Windows user, it was with some trepidation but keen interest that I loaded Mint 9 as a dual boot on my Acer laptop test bed. I expected the problems with the Broadcom wifi card and was not wrong. Two days of blog reading and tonight its fixed. My printer was loaded painlessly but without the full printer functionality. Overall though, I am impressed and it does look like Linux is moving closer to a proper plug and play OS, and lets face it, the blogosphere is full of MS wifi problems. I have Win 7 on another PC and it is a cracking OS now, but, it still costs and the online world of Windows is still a dangerous place.
I am about to launch a business selling fully configured laptops and training to the silver surfer market, and Mint is planned to be the entry level system. From what I have seen so far, it can certainly now hold its own in the alternative world to MS.