Just thought I'd introduce myself - I have a few questions for elsewhere but this is just to say hello. I've been a LM user since 5, which dual-booted with Windows XP but I ditched Windows at LM6. I've never looked back! For the last few years, my hobby has been messing about with other Linux flavours but I could never get them to work properly and they rarely recognised my printers etc. Then I read about Mint and now I need a new hobby!
I love its balance between working out of the box and the ability to do so much more. Personally I very rarely use the terminal and that's as it should be if a distro is to be accepted mainstream by Windows refugees. I've never experienced a problem or anything I couldn't get Mint to do (and I'm no expert). Mint works 'just like' Windows with none of the down-sides - a major plus is the addition of the necessary codecs etc that other distros don't include. I would never think of going back, I'm a permanent Mint fan