To date the Linux Mint team has/is doing one hell of a bang-up job, I think we all appreciate their efforts (else one would suspect, we would not be here
While Linux may identify more video adapters (base types) it has a major hurdle in it's way, it needs to handle them more gracefully (for the masses), more specifically X.org itself and related utilities and driver compatibility issues.
MS consistently will on install default to a usable safe video mode (even if it does not have native support for the adapter or monitor), allowing for install of preferred drivers and configuration afterwards, and once you set it up, leaves it that way, unless the user specifically changes it, it also allows for driver roll-back.
A preview and revert resolution option before committing any changes, which defaults to no (in case screen is unreadable. allowing end-user to try something else instead of crashing, or waiting to re-boot and then crash.
If all else fails starting in safe mode allows for driver rollback, while linux allows for testing resolution afterwards it does not have it instictively up front where it can be tested and is sorely needed as well as reliable driver rollback.
In other words if a Desktop for the masses is to be realized, you can never crash and leave the end-user at the command line. especially for a linux virgin (which I believe constitutes the current masses:)
Now honestly, suppose you are one of the masses that has 1 pc, and are virgin to linux you just installed re-booted and xserver crashes, which of the following would you do, remember you've never ever used any Linux distro before, but you have used windows for years
1) Ask help in a forum? (@#$@ how do I start firefox from here, where am i, how the hell did this happen, what happened!!)
2) Run to a chat room? (bugger me, I do not know how to do that from here)
3) reconfig or delete xorg.conf by
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(what the @#@@ is sudo or that #@#$ rm or freaking xorg.conf are?)
4) re-boot live-cd and try to get help at 800x600 or 1600x1200 resolution)
5) Re-Install windows and forget this #$@%^ ever crossed my path
Hint, wife and 12 other xp's without blinking an eye chose #5.
none of the 13 had any interest in dealing with such an issue or desire to use a desktop that this could remotely even happen. And 3 of these were seriously peeved with MS (but it was the Devil they did not have to know anything about the back end voodoo about drivers and codecs etc..)
(luckily I asked before putting it on her machine, so still have the family jewels in tact
This brings up the slogan bit about "for the masses" (which where i come from means overwhelming majority, or are we just referring to current users of different linux users
) if so then "for the current linux installed based masses" might be more appropriate
BTW: my personal want is (this one perhaps not for the masses:)
reliable grub installation how/where it is to be installed. assurances before commitment, such as where and what are choices made, such as mounts, grub location, partition re-sizing, before installion actually begins).