Hello and welcome. I'm a relatively new linux user myself. Read everything I could find on Linux before I took the plunge, and started first thing with Mint. I have tried at least 5 of the other most popular distros, including ubuntu, and feel I made the right choice with Mint. Nothing else seems to do it for me.
Mint 16 CinnamonHP Pavilion 17 Notebook, 8GB DDR3, 2.5GHZ A10-APU, Radeon HD 8650G
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