I have been a Linux user since the days of Red Hat 5 (1998-ish?) and have been using Linux as my primary OS for at least 8 years. In that time, I have jumped around a bit between Suse, Red hat, Fedora, Mepis, and PC Linux OS. I tried Mint (again) a few weeks ago (Mint 10 Julia), and have been so impressed, that I switched from Mepis to Mint as my primary OS. there were a few bumps in transitioning from KDE, but in general, it has been a really good experience. Hat's off for a job well done. In fact, this my be the highest praise: after installing Mint, my kids thanked me for the "new computers". Now I didn't change the hardware, so you can interpret that how you will.