I'm a newly-Minted user. I started, like many newbies do, with Ubuntu, but I was too interested in the variety of the Linux world. In restaurants, I always feel like I owe it to myself to try lots of things on the menu so I don't miss out on anything good. The same is true for the Linux world, barring some of the advanced distros which I probably couldn't handle (yet). I distro-hopped for a while, trying out Mandriva (didn't last long - I like some dignity in my OS, and Mandriva reminded me of kindergarten, what with the big golden stars and all), Ubuntu, Debian, and PCLinuxOS. But I really like the look and feel of Mint, plus I think it has some very innovative features which make it highly attractive. I can be quite meticulous about the look and feel of my OS, and I think Mint has the most simple, efficient, and logical GUI layout of any distribution I've tried so far. I'm happy to call myself a Mint user. Unfortunately I can't dump Windows entirely, mostly because I need MS Office for a couple of specialized reasons, but when I'm not using Office I'm running Mint. (I just hope OpenOffice eventually catches up to MS Office!)
Thanks to the Mint team for all their hard work! I'm happy to count myself among the "Minty masses."
System: Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna on an HP Pavilion ze4800