This is on a laptop that is used by pre-school teachers. The laptop stopped working and after a trip to a repair shop (who said it was beyond repair), ended up on my table. I was not able to get windows to run on it, but was able to install Mint 13. I'm not entirely sure that it is stable. It appears the ext4 may be more tolerant of disk problems than ntfs.
I set it up to use cinnamon for their login.
The teachers tried linux and the lack of picture preview was a big issue. They take lots of pictures of the kids and want to get prints. They are use to going to the uploader and seeing nice previews. I can try installing xfce or kde and see if they like those. I was seeing some issues with java script crashing when my wife (a teacher) was showing me the problem. So, they may need a new laptop anyway. The repair shop said they tried a different hard drive and saw read errors. I was skeptical of that when I saw linux install, but now I'm thinking they may have been right.
Funny how one thing like this makes new users say ugghh to linux.