well, it's happened at last - total satisfaction with Mint 9. Having tried (and battled) for years to get a truly excellent Linux running on my Bitza PC, I gave up and loaded onto my laptop.
Now I finally understand what many many posts have said - Linux is superb. Mint installed in 30 mins, took the WiFi drivers first time and is awesome!!!! Startup is just SO fast - shut down is fastest ever. Additional apps downloaded fast and installed perfectly first time. I'm totally blown away and have not used Windows for at least a month. I finally have the confidence to promote Mint openly as a better than Windows option - but only where the hardware will allow.
Perhaps the focus on Linux promotion should be on ensuring that the hardware
is compatible. After all, I am now much more inclined to buy new kit in order to have the fantastic Linux experience rather than spend hours, weeks, months of frustration and failure trying to make the wrong hardware work. Free Linux means that the money is more likely to be available.
Looking forward to getting to know you all much better from now on.