I'm new to Mint but not to Linux. I've been using linux for about ten years now.
Bought myself a new laptop last month, a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 11.6" with Intel chipset. My current install is based on LMDE 64-bit with the Liquorix kernel.
Works like a charm, just a few glitches.. eg. Wlan-drivers not 100% yet.. Damn realtek