As several people have mentioned, the fact that a distro is easy to install and does everything users want without having to add or edit masses of configuration files does not mean that it is incapable of also carrying out the complex command line activities that some linux gurus seem to think are an essential part of being a linux user or is less able than the diffecult distros such as Gentoo, Arch or Linux From Scratch.
I started many years ago (2005) using linux and at that time used Fedora Core 4, (I think it was version 4) and that worked fine. I then moved on to Open Suse, version unknown or forgotten now, and that also worked well, but both those were fairly hard to get running exactly as i wanted and needed. Next I tried PCLinuxOS for a while, which was good, but somehow did not seem as welcoming as some other distros, so I also tried Mepis, CentOS and several others.
I then found Ubuntu 5.04 and was struck by how well it worked, how easy it was to install and also to get all the codecs etc etc needed for multimedia, something that is much more time consuming and difficult in some other distros.
Next came Mint, which I used for a while, and installed on my wife's old laptop permanently. I found that I still preferred ubuntu, so went back to that, and have stayed with it ever since, though unity left me completely baffled, so when ubuntu 10.04 with gnome 2 lost support in April this year, I moved to Xubuntu, which I am now completely satisfied with. I may try Mint again soon, possibly when Xubuntu 12.04 loses support.
As you can see, I have looked at many distros, and have been using linux now exclusively for over 8 years, so I think I know enough about thm to express my opinions.
Ignore any stupid comments about a distro, or Mint being ridiculed and made fun of; it is just as capable as any of the other distros available, so if it works for you, use it and gloat about getting it installed and fully usable in maybe half an hour or less