I've always loved the look and feel of linuxMint (far more sophisticated than ubuntu!); but sadly in the past have never managed to configure my Maudio soundcard with pulseaudio. This is a deal breaker for me as I purchased the card specifically for high quality sound! However, in spite of my wife's caution, I came back and spent a good 4 hours hacking (when I was ill) and I've got beautiful sound (no removing it either)! I'm pleased to bits with my achievement! And as for the Mint.... wow how you have come along! Sad as it maybe, I can't wait to switch my pc on and just enjoy it! No niggles, everything so far works like a charm. Well done all involved
ps I've been a linux user for about 5 years and tried many distros! Also I'm usually I'm a kde fanboy but this Gnome Julia is really good!